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Letter from Portland Cement Association

Sectoral Emissions Reduction Agreement
Letter from Portland Cement Association 1.07.03

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Letter from Portland Cement Association

  1. 1. Portland Cement Association Richard C.Creighiton President, Government Affairs January 7, 2003 The Honorable Spencer Abraham Secretary U.S. Department of Energy 1000 Independence Avenue, S.W. Washington, D.C. 20585 The Honorable Christine Todd Whitman Administrator U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. Washington, DC 20460 The Honorable James L. Connaughton Chairman Council on Environmental Quality 722 Jackson Place, N.W. Washington, DC 20503 Program Re: U.S. Cement Industry's Voluntar'y 002 Goal and Associated Climate Dear Sirs and Madam: with you On behalf of the Portland Cement Association (PCA) I am pleased to share the program the U.S. cement industry's voluntary doal to reduce CO emissions and the 2 voluntary industry has devised to implement it. :PCA strongly believes that sector-specific President's 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 from preferable to the economically punitive~ measures that would have resulted of the Kyoto Protocol. States. PCA is a trade association representing cement companies in the United accounting 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. of the 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. 1130 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 1250 Washington, DC 20036-3925 202,408 9494 FaX 202 408 0877
  2. 2. January 7, 2003 Page 2 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 first 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 its 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 working may be reached at (202) 408-9494. PAlooks forward to program in the future. i ~Sincerely, Pre nt, overn tAffairs
  3. 3. Page 1 of 2 1/7/03 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 to develop 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 by 2020. cementitious product produced or sold fIrom a 1990 baseline the goal, as described The industry is now implementing a three part program to achieve below. decreased fuel 1. Process: reduce emissions through increased efficiency and use. to preheater/precalciner * Kiln types: continue conversion from less efficient wet kilns kilns.I 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 emissions. 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. unit 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.
  4. 4. concrete pavement enhances fuel *Vehicle fuel efficiency: because of ~its rigidity, pavements.1 to flexible 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 following efforts:I 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 GHG Protocol *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 those 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 be efficiency of driving on concrete roads would are warmer than Canada.

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