Read at Los Angeles Times
Cement production is responsible for a significant amount of carbon dioxide emissions, contributing to climate change and global warming. It is the most-consumed human-made material on Earth and emits as much CO2 as India. However, new technologies are emerging as potential solutions, offering hope for reducing emissions from cement production. These technologies could also have the potential to capture carbon from the atmosphere, making cement production part of the solution for climate change.
Globally, manufacturing of cement - which binds together sand and rock to form concrete - emits 8% of the carbon dioxide pollution in the atmosphere, contributing to the climate change that's causing wildfires, hurricanes and record heat waves.
In California, cement production is a significant source of carbon emissions, with the state producing more cement than any other except Texas. However, efforts are being made to reduce these emissions. By implementing new technologies and practices, such as using alternative fuels or capturing carbon dioxide emissions, the cement industry in California can work towards reducing its environmental impact.
Here in California, we produce more cement than any other state except Texas. In 2022, our state's cement plants emitted more than 9 million metric tons of carbon dioxide, equivalent to the emissions from 2 million c