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Carbon Neutral - How Do We Get There?

Sunday, October 17, 2021  4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Activities to achieve carbon neutrality in concrete construction are currently pervasive throughout the concrete industry. Industry associations and companies, along with various organizations outside our industry, are focusing their efforts and dedicating resources to achieve carbon neutrality in construction. A wide array of technologies are being deployed by the cement and concrete industry while other technologies are under development. This session will provide an overview of the carbon neutrality issue and will highlight strategies and technologies being implemented or being developed to achieve carbon neutrality.
Learning Objectives:
(1) Report how the cement and concrete industries are approaching decarbonization;
(2) Identify key factors that affect the environmental impact of cement and concrete;
(3) Discuss technologies proposed to reduce the carbon footprint of cement and concrete;
(4) Illustrate examples where carbon reduction is being implemented.

This session has been approved by AIA and ICC for 2 PDHs (0.2 CEUs). Please note: You must attend the live session for the entire duration to receive credit. On-demand sessions do not qualify for PDH/CEU credit.


PCA’s Roadmap to Carbon Neutrality

Presented By: Richard Bohan
Affiliation: PCA
Description: A unique and innovative approach to reach carbon neutrality using the entire value chain of cement and concrete and incorporating that value chain within the circular economy.


Low-Carbon Cement and Concrete Demand and Legislation

Presented By: Nathan Forrest
Affiliation: California Nevada Cement Association
Description: This talk will discuss the demand for low-carbon cement and concrete by architects and owners to achieve more sustainable structures. Also addressed will be current and proposed legislative and executive measures that would require lower carbon materials for public and private projects.


Strategies for Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions at Cement Plants

Presented By: Kenneth Kazanis
Affiliation: LafargeHolcim
Description: The cement and concrete industries are coming under more and more pressure to reduce the Global Warming Potential (GWP) for their products. The greatest contributor of CO2 and greenhouse gases in concrete is the portland cement. This presentation is a general review of the strategies being used today, and possibly in the future, by managers of cement plants to lower greenhouse gas emissions at manufacturing sites. These strategies include: improving plant efficiency and fuel utilization, using lower CO2 fuels, using more waste fuels, manufacturing more blended cements, and carbon capture, utilization, and storage


Groundbreaking Technologies: Carbon Capture and Storage

Presented By: Ignacio Cariaga
Affiliation: Lehigh Cement
Description: Some CO2 emissions during cement production process are inevitable and cannot be eliminated using established techniques of clinker substitution and alternative fuels. Therefore, new approaches are needed to deal with this CO2 in order to reach our vision of carbon-neutral concrete. Carbon capture technologies provide a solution to ultimately reduce hard-to abate emissions.

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