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Portland Cement Association
President, Government Affairs
January 7, 2003
The Honorable Spencer Abraham
U.S. Department of Energy
1000 Independence Avenue, S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20585
The Honorable Christine Todd Whitman
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency,
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20460
The Honorable James L. Connaughton
Council on Environmental Quality
722 Jackson Place, N.W.
Washington, DC 20503
Re: U.S. Cement Industry's Voluntar'y 002 Goal and Associated Climate
Dear Sirs and Madam:
On behalf of the Portland Cement Association (PCA) I am pleased to share the
the U.S. cement industry's voluntary doal to reduce CO emissions and the
industry has devised to implement it. :PCA strongly believes that sector-specific
efforts are the most effective means of achieving the objective set by the are far
climate change proposal. PCA, like thle President, agrees that these approachesadoption
preferable to the economically punitive~ measures that would have resulted
of the Kyoto Protocol.
PCA is a trade association representing cement companies in the United
PCA's membership consists of 45 companies operating 101 plants in 35 states, ingredient
for more than 95 percent of U.S. cem~ent production. Portland cement is the key
in concrete, a building material essenitial to our nation's infrastructure.
PCA member companies adopted the voluntary goal in July 2001, as part goal that,
association's continuous environmerntal improvement program. It is a unit-basedemissions
-likethe President's, allows the industry to simultaneously grow and reduce CO2
as a function of production.
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program that focuses
To achieve the goal, the industry has developed a three part
produce, and on how the
on the production process, the product cement manufacturers two elemenso h
product is applied. While only efforts UPj dertaken under the the industry goal, the third
program will be used to quantify progress towards achievingclimate change. PCA has
part of the program has the greatest potential for mitigating potential and plans to
worked closely with various federal agenrcies to maximize
continue to do so in the future.
the industry's program.
Attached please find a documen that bniefly summarizes you may have
Andy O'Hare or I would be delighted to! respond to any questions information. We both
concerning the industry's program or tqprovide you with additional with you on this
may be reached at (202) 408-9494. PAlooks forward to
program in the future.
Pre nt, overn tAffairs
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U.S. CEMENT INDUSTRY CLIMATE CHANGE PROGRAM
PORTLAND CEMENT ASSOCIATION
of climate change in
The U.S. cement Industry began seriously studying the issue a C02
the mid-90s and worked with EPA throug~h the Climate Wise Programreductions through the DOE
emissions protocol and a means by whicdh to record emissions quantify cement industry
1605 (b) program. The U.S. industry wa's then able to accurately
address them. The product
0C02 emissions and to begin a process of examining ways to C02 emission reduction goal
of this assessment culminated inthe ad'option of a voluntary
the world, resulting in the
in July 2001. Similar efforts have since been initiated around protocol, prepared
development of a global cement industry greenhouse gas emissions Development.
under the auspices of the World Business Council on Sustainable
per ton of
Cement Industry Voluntary Goal: A 10O/ reduction in~CO2 emissions
cementitious product produced or sold fIrom a 1990 baseline
the goal, as described
The industry is now implementing a three part program to achieve
1. Process: reduce emissions through increased efficiency and
* Kiln types: continue conversion from less efficient wet kilns
and fuel use through the
* Demand-side energy management: reduction of electricity in making cement.
application of more efficient fans, motors, and other items utilized
to conventional fuels
* Use of alternative fuels and rawirrmaterials: use alternatives
and raw materials to reduce greIenhouse gas and other pollutant
of calcined materials,
2. Product Formulation: produce cemeint using a lower proportion
thereby reducing 002 emissions 'per of product.
3. Prdc plcto:promote the uIe of concrete as a climate change solution.
built with concrete
* Energy-efficient structures: conImercial and residential structures
exterior walls to enhance their energy efficiency.
less and radiates more
* Urban heat island mitigation: light-colored concrete absorbs surfaces, thereby
heat than dark materials, whetl', er on pavement, roofs, or other
reducing ambient temperatures.
concrete pavement enhances fuel
*Vehicle fuel efficiency: because of ~its rigidity, pavements.1
efficiency of vehicles when compared
applications above, and other benefits,
• Lifecycle analysis: because of the three to competing products; these results
cement-based concrete compares! favorably guidance.
should be taken into account in product-selection
been and continue to be active in
PCA and/or its member companies have and reduce greenhouse gases, such as the
international and domestic efforts to measure
the Energy Star Program)
* The EPA Climate Wise program (tlow
*The EPA Climate Leaders program
*The EPA Energy Star program
Gas Reporting program
*The Department of Energy 16O5(b[) Greenhouse
*The World Resources lnstitutelWPCSD
*The Pew Center on Global Climaje Change
*The WWF Climate Savers programf
Development (WBCSD) report on a
*The World Business Council for sustainable
sustainable cement industry.I
achieved roughly10% more MPG than
'A Canadian study showed that trucks drivenon concrete that the comparative
were observed in the summer, indicating
driven on asphalt. The greatest improvemIflts even greater in the United States and other countries that
efficiency of driving on concrete roads would
are warmer than Canada.
Sectoral Emissions Reduction Agreement
Letter from Portland Cement Association 1.07.03