Taking Concrete Steps to a Carbon-Neutral Future
DATE: December 11th, 2019
DURATION: 1-2 PM EST
Policy makers and building professionals looking to reduce emissions from buildings need to know the impact of their decisions on the environment. With research and industry innovations constantly advancing, existing assumptions about the carbon footprint of building materials must continually be challenged to accommodate new thinking and emerging low-carbon solutions.
This course will examine the role of building materials in reducing emissions in light of new technologies and discoveries. It will first look at the relationship between cement, concrete and greenhouse gas emissions, including past, current and future manufacturing innovations to reduce concrete’s carbon footprint and the drive toward carbon neutrality.
Using Canadian technology company CarbonCure as a specific example, it will examine how breakthrough carbon capture, utilization and storage technologies are becoming a reality, and the role these and other technologies could play in building lower carbon, possibly carbon neutral or even carbon negative, buildings and infrastructure.
Finally, the course will explore ground-breaking research by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) on carbon accounting in the built environment. The IISD study has identified significant gaps and best practices in how carbon emissions from building materials are accounted for in commercial Life-cycle Assessments (LCAs). Participants will learn how building professionals can navigate this uncertainty, as well as how some of these gaps are being addressed by government and LCA professionals.
This webinar will be delivered by Adam Auer, Vice President of Environment and Sustainability at the Cement Association of Canada, with special guest Christie Gamble, Senior Director of Sustainability at CarbonCure Technologies.