28 Jul '16, 10am

The cement industry needs a breakthrough, now

The toughest climate challenges involve large global industries, with no good substitutes. One of these produces the material literally under our feet — concrete . Every year, each of us in the U.S. uses about one-third of a ton. Fast-growing developing countries use far more. Globally we produce over 4 billion metric tons of Portland cement per year — the key ingredient in concrete and responsible for the majority of its CO2 footprint — driving over 5 percent of total anthropomorphic CO2. RMI’s research on the topic reveals that, to have a chance of significantly shrinking the industry footprint and meeting our Paris Agreement goals, revolutionary thinking and significant disruption is needed — a Tesla for cement, as it were. The industry-sanctioned traditional levers are not enough. And the new cement has to be really cheap. We have found three important opportunities th...

Full article: https://www.greenbiz.com/article/cement-industry-needs-br...

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