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March 16, 2021

PCA Demonstrates Cement Industry Greenhouse Gas Reductions with New Environmental Product Declarations

Washington D.C.March 16, 2021 – The Portland Cement Association (PCA), representing America’s cement manufacturers, recently released industry-wide Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs). EPDs are independently verified and registered summary reports of environmental impacts of material production based on life-cycle inventories. Athena Institute used the Global Cement and Concrete Association’s EPD Tool, North American Module, to produce new IW EPDs, which were then verified by ASTM International, for the following cements: portland cement, portland-limestone cement (PLC), blended cement, and masonry cement.

The results of the EPDs demonstrate a continued reduction in greenhouse gasses (GHGs) associated with producing cement and clinker in the United States. Compared to 2016 EPDs, portland cement GHGs decreased by 11.3%, blended cement GHGs decreased by 16.8%, and masonry cement GHGs decreased 14.9%. Additionally, this is the first time EPDs for portland-limestone cement, a blended cement with higher limestone content, could be developed showing a carbon footprint 8.2% lower than portland cement.

“PCA and its members are committed to sustainability and driving down the carbon intensity of our operations,” said PCA President and CEO Mike Ireland. “The development and reduction results of these EPDs show the industry’s progress towards our climate ambition of becoming carbon neutral by 2050.”

Click here to download a copy of the EPDs.

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The Portland Cement Association (PCA), founded in 1916, is the premier policy, research, education, and market intelligence organization serving America’s cement manufacturers. PCA members represent over 90% of U.S. cement production capacity and have facilities in all 50 states. The association promotes safety, sustainability, and innovation in all aspects of construction, fosters continuous improvement in cement manufacturing and distribution, and generally promotes economic growth and sound infrastructure investment. For more information, visit

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