A personal message from Diane Warner. Executive Director of the Northwest Cement Council.

Diane WarnerTo all my friends and colleagues, associates at the Northwest Cement Council, I am reaching out to share a few thoughts as we close the curtain on a very challenging year and prepare for the year ahead.

We have all been affected by the many challenges that arose throughout 2021, not only from the tragedies from extreme weather events and other climate-related disasters but also from the trials arising from the global pandemic.

We have persevered in the face of these many challenges and have become stronger in the process.

As we move forward to the New Year, the Northwest Cement Council and its members will continue our mission to build a stronger, safer, and lower carbon future.

While we have a new look on our website, the Council will continue to make known the many benefits of cement and concrete as the foundations of our growing economy.

I hope you have a wonderful holiday season and I extend my very best wishes to you and your families. 


Lehigh Hanson Joins Roadmap To Carbon Neutrality By 2050

Lehigh Hanson, Inc. has joined an ambitious journey to achieving carbon neutrality across the cement and concrete value chain by signing onto the Portland Cement Association’s (PCA) Roadmap to Carbon Neutrality.

In collaboration with PCA’s other member companies and experts, the Roadmap demonstrates how the U.S. cement and concrete industry can collectively address climate change, decrease greenhouse gases and eliminate barriers that are restricting environmental progress.

Given the significant role of cement in society and anticipated infrastructure development, it is critical that the industry comes together and acts now to create sustainable building solutions in the decades to come.

“Today marks a critical step in transforming the cement industry and building a more sustainable future,” said Chris Ward, President and CEO of Lehigh Hanson. 

“We are excited to partner with PCA to drive policy in support of this dynamic transition while also investing in technology and innovation to achieve carbon neutrality.”

The Roadmap focuses on a comprehensive range of reduction strategies for stakeholders to adopt across all phases of the material’s life cycle, such as reducing CO2 from the manufacturing process, decreasing combustion emissions by changing fuel sources and shifting toward increased use of renewable electricity.

Many of the solutions included in the PCA Roadmap are products, technologies and approaches that exist today – and by bringing together a variety of collaborators, PCA intends to ensure the adoption of these solutions on a broad scale.

This will accomplish near-term benefits while constantly striving toward the long-term success of reaching carbon neutrality.

With aggressive emission reductions targets charted in its own roadmap, Lehigh Hanson has already made significant strides in the journey to carbon neutrality, including an increased focus on alternative fuels and supplementary cementitious materials as well as innovative carbon capture storage and use research.

Lehigh Hanson has also led the push for lower carbon cement products with its EcoCem®PLC and EcoCem®PLUS types of cement which provide strength and durability while significantly reducing the carbon footprint of concrete.

Industry experts, researchers, policymakers and companies along the value chain are imperative to realize the multitude of solutions that must be developed across policies and regulations, technology,

innovation and demand generation – creating both near-and long-term COreduction opportunities and constantly striving toward carbon neutrality.

Additionally, cement and concrete companies worldwide have committed to achieving carbon neutrality across the value chain by 2050.

Addressing climate change is a global task, but each country presents specific opportunities and unique challenges, and the PCA Roadmap presents a plan tailored to the U.S. cement and concrete industry. PCA is aligned with the Global Cement and Concrete Association’s Roadmap.

View the full Roadmap here.

CalPortland Recognized as a Winner for Energy Efficiency

CalPortland has been recognized by the Portland Cement Association (PCA) for its outstanding environmental and community relations efforts that go above and beyond what is required.

The Portland Cement Association (PCA) announced the winners of the 2021 Energy and Environment (E&E) Awards after reviewing submissions from plants across the U.S. were  

The CalPortland Mojave Cement Plant was recognized for its achievements in modifying and upgrading its vertical roller mill (VRM). Intent on increasing the energy efficiency of the VRM, a recent upgrade was performed on the mill separator and the addition of a supervisory process control system.

Additional testing led the team to address the potential of mill overflow and shutdown by adding additional modifications including a bottom hopper cone on each of the cyclones and a replacement of the mill fan housing.

“America’s cement manufacturers continue to focus on researching and developing new and innovative ways to reduce environmental footprint,” said PCA President and CEO Michael Ireland.

 “These accomplishments and industry commitment to carbon neutrality across the entire value chain demonstrate PCA members dedication to energy efficiency and a more sustainable future.”

To learn more, please visit: www.cement.org/awards/2021-energy-and-environment-award-winners.

CalPortland is a major producer of cement, ready-mixed concrete, aggregates, concrete products and asphalt in the western United States and Canada. It remains a leader in the industry through its commitment to quality, safety, customer service, technical excellence, and environmental leadership.

CalPortland is also a charter member of the Northwest Cement Council.