Analysis by Beacon Economics
  • Cement is used in almost every sector of construction, with no single use accounting for more than 20 percent of statewide consumption. This makes a consumer-directed approach toward a green transition more complicated, as there are many different actors involved, with different requirements and regulations for the concrete used. This complicates a wholesale transition to green cement and decarbonization as the new cement must retain the same strength capabilities as ordinary Portland cement.
  • A major proportion of cement is consumed by state and local government agencies, whose purchasing power can help spur a transition toward green cement and decarbonization. The channels for directing contractors and materials to fulfill certain criteria already exist and could encourage large-scale change by the major cement manufacturers.