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Concrete and the carbon challenge

Dinah McLeod writes on Reuters of the importance of cement in lowering emissions worldwide.

The C3 Take
  • Globally cement accounts for 7% of carbon emissions.
  • Cement-related emissions could be reduced by as much as 57% through advancements in carbon capture utilization and storage (CCUS).
  • Through regulatory actions and lowering barriers to innovation, governments can spur private sector development of CCUS technologies.

“Despite its importance, concrete also comes with a challenge that the world will need to address over coming decades. In 2019, the world produced 4.1 billion tonnes of cement, the glue that binds the ingredients of concrete together, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. That is enough to give half a tonne to every person alive. In making cement, carbon dioxide is also produced. The cement industry currently accounts for about 7% of global CO2 emissions, per the International Energy Agency.”

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