Talking Carbon 

I’ll state the obvious: carbon is a hot topic right now. Portland Cement Association (PCA) Chairman Ron Henley (GCC America) told a New York Climate Week gathering that U.S. producers have exceeded expectations outlined nearly one year ago with release of the PCA Roadmap to Carbon Neutrality. That is good news. What is happening in the North American market is…

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Continental Cement’s Davenport Plant Moves to PLC

Continental Cement Co., a subsidiary of Summit Materials, converted 100% of its annual production at its Davenport, Iowa, plant to portland-limestone cement. In 2021, the plant produced 1.1 million tons of cement. “Continental Cement has been working with our customers and specifiers to commercialize portland-limestone cement in all of our markets, and we are delighted that PLC adoption has progressed…

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PCA: IIJA to Boost Cement Consumption Cement Shipments Rise 5.4% in December

Portland Cement Association Senior Vice President and Chief Economist Ed Sullivan presented his annual economic forecast, with specific focus on the cement industry and the increasing demand for construction materials accelerated by the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA). In particular, Sullivan noted that through November 2021, the U.S. as a whole saw a 3.6% year-over-year growth in cement consumption,…

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Buzzi Unicem, Alamo Cement Move Toward PLC Production

In keeping with their commitment to the environment and the Portland Cement Association’s Roadmap to Carbon Neutrality goals, Buzzi Unicem USA and Alamo Cement Co. will transition from ASTM C150 Types I and II portland cement production to ASTM C595 Type IL, or portland-limestone cement. CEO Massimo Toso said the companies will implement the full conversion by the end of…

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PCA: IIJA to Boost Cement Consumption

During last month’s World of Concrete, held Jan. 18-20 in Las Vegas, Portland Cement Association Senior Vice President and Chief Economist Ed Sullivan previewed his annual economic forecast, with specific focus on the cement industry and the increasing demand for construction materials accelerated by the recently passed infrastructure bill. In particular, Sullivan noted that through November 2021, the U.S. as…

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PCA Honors Safety Innovation

The Portland Cement Association (PCA) recently announced the winners of the 2021 Safety Innovation Awards, which recognizes creative safety-enhancing projects in the cement industry.  The winners were determined by a panel of judges that evaluated safety projects completed in 2020 from across the country in four categories: COVID-19 management, pyroprocessing, general facility, and distribution. “Our industry prioritizes the safety of…

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PCA Releases Roadmap to Carbon Neutrality

The Portland Cement Association (PCA) released its Roadmap to Carbon Neutrality, a strategic plan that outlines opportunities and actions to reach the ambitious goal throughout the industry’s value chain by 2050.  The roadmap demonstrates how the U.S. cement and concrete industry, along with its entire value chain, can address climate change, decrease greenhouse gases (GHGs), and eliminate barriers that are…

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Cement and Sustainable Finance

Sustainability-Linked Finance Is One Of The Fastest Growing Sectors In The Finance Space. It’s Also Helping Change The Cement Industry. By Jonathan Rowland The cement industry talks a lot about sustainability. Major cement companies all have some sort of sustainability strategy. Sustainability is also a central component to the work of the two global cement associations, the GCCA and WCA, and…

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PCA: Cement Consumption Continues to Climb

The Portland Cement Association (PCA) Market Intelligence Group’s Senior Vice President and Chief Economist Ed Sullivan presented the association’s annual summer cement market outlook, predicting an increase in cement consumption over the next four years. Cement consumption through June 2021 increased 7.4%, said Sullivan during a webinar presentation of the outlook. However, he noted that as residential construction strength has…

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