Benchmarking Greenhouse Gas Emissions from California Concrete Production and Readily Implementable Mitigation Methods

The industrial practice of cement production remains among the most difficult to decarbonize and availability of material resources, especially those that are commonly used to reduce the amount of cement needed in concrete, are increasingly scarce. Recent efforts to benchmark the GHG emissions from producing cement in California and around the world, while necessary to begin to address GHG emissions, do not account for differences in alternative formulations and methods of production of concrete. This narrow scope of assessment leaves a critical gap in understanding current impacts and potential mitigation methods. With an improved understanding of environmental impacts from the multiple attributes of concrete production in California and how they could be mitigated through a variety of means, policies that benefit society and stakeholders can be developed. This work will improve decision‐making tools for policies to achieve better GHG emissions mitigation. Life cycle environmental impact models will be developed to assess concrete production in California, incorporating specific location of production, transportation, as well as materials used, energy, waste, and emission flows. Environmental impact benchmarks will be developed for multiple mixtures and procedures for concrete production, which will provide a foundation to inform the likelihood of efficacy of alternate GHG emission mitigation strategies and to assess the potential for unintended consequences. Additionally, a series of case studies quantifying the effects of relevant mitigation strategies will be conducted. The results of this work will provide policy-makers and stakeholders with improved means to address the environmental impacts from cement and concrete production.

Language

  • English

Project

  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $94554
  • Contract Numbers:

    65A0686 TO 026

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    National Center for Sustainable Transportation

    University of California, Davis
    Davis, CA  United States 

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Centers Program
    Department of Transportation
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    California Department of Transportation

    1227 O Street
    Sacramento, CA  United States  95843
  • Managing Organizations:

    National Center for Sustainable Transportation

    University of California, Davis
    Davis, CA  United States 

    University of California, Davis

    Institute of Transportation Studies
    Davis, CA  United States  95616
  • Project Managers:

    Iacobucci, Lauren

  • Performing Organizations:

    National Center for Sustainable Transportation

    University of California, Davis
    Davis, CA  United States 

    University of California, Davis

    Institute of Transportation Studies
    Davis, CA  United States  95616
  • Principal Investigators:

    Miller, Sabbie A

  • Start Date: 20200101
  • Expected Completion Date: 20201231
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01717660
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: National Center for Sustainable Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: 65A0686 TO 026
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Sep 19 2019 7:58PM