Carbon Emissions Rising From Cement Production

June 23, 2022

Emissions of carbon dioxide from cement production have doubled over 20 years, new global data show, and now contribute more than 7% of emissions of the heat-trapping gas that can drive climate change. Contributing to the problem, as Colin Cunliff writes in Issues, is that it has been technically difficult to cut carbon emissions from cement production, as well as from several other sectors of the economy. He calls on US policymakers to increasingly focus on these hard-to-decarbonize areas, and lays out an innovation agenda to “put the United States and the world on a path to net-zero carbon emissions.”

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