Inside Innovation: Concrete Industry Fast-Tracks Innovation to Reduce Carbon Emissions
June 23, 2020
Concrete has influenced the construction industry since Roman and Egyptian times. While originally developed from mud, stone, and volcanic pozzolan, today’s concrete produces vast amounts of carbon dioxide (CO2) that industry experts are seeking to reduce.
“Modern society is built on modern concrete; usage per person is often cited second only to freshwater,” says BCMI President Craig Yeack. “Our industry has been in the forefront with many approaches to mitigating environmental impact: judicious use of materials; producing high-quality products to prevent unnecessary replacement; and, mix optimization with pozzolans such as fly ash and GBBS (commonly known as slag) to reduce CO2 impact and improve concrete’s durability and lifespan.”
Daily Commercial News provides an overview of what some concrete and cement producers are doing to reduce the carbon footprint of their products and facilities.