On March 3, Heidelberg Materials and CalPortland executives, along with peers from other major industrial companies and labor leaders, visited the White House to meet with senior-level officials of the Biden administration for a Roundtable on Industrial Innovation and Decarbonization.
The roundtable centered on how the administration could support private and public investments in reducing carbon emissions and spurring a collaborative approach across sectors to build upon the work done with the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, the Inflation Reduction Act, and the federal Buy Clean initiative.
Discussing ways to stimulate market demand for low carbon construction materials – specifically cement and concrete – Heidelberg Materials shared the importance of continued collaboration with architects, engineers and building owners to accelerate performance-based approaches, while also discussing the importance of consistency in standards as they are developed across agencies such as the General Services Administration and the Federal Highway Administration.
“These types of discussions are critical as our industry and our nation work toward decarbonization,” said David Perkins, vice president of government affairs and communications for Heidelberg Materials. “Construction materials such as cement, aggregates and concrete play an important role in economic development and they must be part of the solution to achieve our mutual decarbonization goals.”
“We are grateful for the opportunity to share our efforts to reduce carbon emissions and promote American manufacturing jobs,” said Allen Hamblen, president and CEO of CalPortland. “CalPortland is committed to working alongside the Biden administration to achieve our collective carbon neutrality goals and supporting employment for a sustainable future.”
The roundtable was a great opportunity for robust discussion and will provide a platform for further collaboration between government and companies across different industrial sectors.