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Opportunities to Make a Difference

Option #1

Email President Biden and tell him to support green concrete in federal projects now.

Potential talking points

  • We need more rapid and deep cuts in emissions to avoid the worst impacts of climate change
  • Cutting emissions from concrete is a huge opportunity
  • The federal government should be leading the way in purchasing both low carbon and recycled concrete
  • The time to act is now

Click the link below to send your message.

Contact Us | The White House

Option #2

Reduce concrete use in your home projects.

If you're considering a project that might typically use concrete like a driveway or foundation, looks for alternative materials and/or ways to use less concrete.

Here are a couple sources we found for idea material.

11 green building materials that are way better than concrete (

19 Concrete Alternatives That Save Money & the Planet - Worst Room

Show Notes

Reason for Hope

EU has announced its green industrial plan intended to counter the Inflation Reduction Act in the U.S. and reduce dependence on China.

According to Reuters, the bloc wants to ensure it has manufacturing capacity to meet 40% of its needs for equipment it requires to decarbonize like solar panels, wind turbines, heat pumps and batteries by 2030.

In addition, the plan intends to streamline the permitting process for green projects and lays out a goal of reaching 50 million tons of annual CO2 storage by 2030.


Factbox: What's in the EU's green industrial plan? | Reuters


2020 world concrete production

  • Roughly 8% of global carbon emissions (7% of global greenhouse gas emissions) 
  • 14 billion cubic meters
  • Enough to make a concrete replica of Mount Everest in approximately 6.5 years

Concrete's non-climate environmental impact

  • 10th largest user of industrial water
  • Driving global sand shortage and associated environmental degradation

The global carbon emissions from concrete production and passenger cars are roughly the same (both about 8%)

With urbanization, another 2.5 billion people are expected to live in cities by 2050.


Cement and concrete around the world (

How Much Does Mount Everest Weigh? Mass, Volume and Calculations -

Concrete needs to lose its colossal carbon footprint (

Concrete | MIT Climate Portal

Concrete: the most destructive material on Earth | Cities | The Guardian

Why the world is running out of sand - BBC Future

Cars, planes, trains: where do CO2 emissions from transport come from? - Our World in Data

World’s population increasingly urban with more than half living in urban areas | UN DESA | United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs