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CREDIT: EPA

Total Emissions in 2021 = 6,340 Million Metric Tons of CO₂ equivalent. Percentages may not add up to 100% due to independent rounding. Land Use, Land-Use Change, and Forestry in the United States is a net sink and offsets 12% of these greenhouse gas emissions. This net sink is not shown in the above diagram. All emission estimates from the Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks: 1990–2021.

CURRENT NEWS

Fixing Concrete & Steel Carbon Emissions Is Doable

By Michael Barnard 10/28/23
Concrete and steel are the two biggest industrial products that aren’t fossil fuels, and have a massive climate footprint. They are used together in reinforced concrete, the structural solution that enables modern bridges and buildings…
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Bill Gates-backed startup launches wildly hot thermal battery system: ‘Uninterruptible, reliable supply of process heat’

By Erin Feiger 10/07/23
As the need to cool down our overheating planet becomes more pressing, companies are finding new ways to help. One company, backed by Bill Gates’ Breakthrough Energy, is doing its part to help cool the…
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Capturing Industrial Carbon Is All About Managing Volatile Costs

By Nathaniel Bullard 09/28/23
The processes for making steel, cement and hydrogen have a few things in common. They are emissions-intensive; their production is concentrated in large industrial sites; and they are “hard to abate” — that is, their…
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The Pathway To: Industrial Decarbonization Commercial Liftoff

09/20/23
Industrial decarbonization presents a vital opportunity to transform industrial systems to improve energy and environmental justice. Today, U.S. industrial players are at risk of lagging behind net-zero targets, with a focus on short-term, easy-to-implement solutions;…
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Biden to Target Industrial Pollution in a 2nd Term, if He Gets One

By Coral Davenport 09/16/23
If President Biden wins a second term, his climate policies would take aim at steel and cement plants, factories and oil refineries — heavily polluting industries that have never before had to rein in their…
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Industrial Heat Will Electrify

By Michael Bernard 09/02/23
A while ago I had the opportunity to sit down for 90 minutes with Dilip Chandrasekaran, engineer, materials science PhD, and SVP of industrial heat leader Kanthal. That firm has electric heat products and experts…
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Steel’s Carbon Emissions Downward Curve Is Promising

By Michael Barnard 09/01/23
Steel will see global transformations in demand and technologies through 2100, and that will have excellent results for its carbon emissions and hence global warming. In a recent assessment, I projected demand and technology curves…
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Iron & Steel Are Solved Climate Problems

By Michael Barnard 08/30/23
Steel CO2 emissions are about 7% of all global emissions, and steel sucks back about 8% of primary energy globally. It’s a big climate change problem and a big energy consumer. It’s been on my…
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Engineers Just Made Concrete 30% Stronger. The Secret Ingredient? Coffee.

By Darren Orf 08/24/23
Spent coffee grounds (SCG) are the coffee industry’s biggest byproduct, and they’re filling up landfills worldwide.
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Steel production is getting cleaner

By David Gelles 08/24/23
Steel is the backbone of the modern economy, essential for building skyscrapers, wind turbines, planes, trains and automobiles. It’s also incredibly dirty, responsible for about 7 percent of global carbon emissions.
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How Biden’s climate law will — and won’t — transform America

By Maxine Joselow 07/20/23
Almost a year ago, President Biden signed into law the most ambitious climate bill in the nation’s history. Now, as a blistering heat wave bakes the southern United States, a timely new report illustrates how…
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Taking Stock 2023: US Emissions Projections after the Inflation Reduction Act

By Ben King, Hannah Kolus and Others 07/20/23
Every year, Rhodium Group provides an independent projection of future US greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, under current policy and expectations for economic growth, future fossil fuel prices, and clean energy cost and performance trends. This…
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KEY RESOURCES

Why The Building Sector?

07/04/23
Architecture 2030’s mission is to rapidly transform the built environment from the major emitter of greenhouse gases to a central solution to the climate crisis. For nearly two decades, we’ve provided the leadership and designed…

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Sweden is building the world’s largest wooden city

By Ayurella Horn-Muller   07/10/23  
Swedish developers are getting ready to build the world’s largest wooden city, setting the stage for a possible domino effect of similar projects across the globe. Why it matters: The use of timber in urban…
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Efforts to mass-produce green steel are finally nearing reality

By Michael Le Page   07/05/23  
Iron and steel production are two of the most carbon-heavy industries, but efforts to make these materials without fossil fuels are finally gathering momentum. A company in Sweden called H2 Green Steel says it will…
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Cement emits as much CO2 as India. Why is it so hard to fix?

By Shannon Osaka   06/27/23  
Let’s do a quiz: After water, what is the most-used material in the world? Is it steel? Wood? Aluminum? Plastic? The answer, it turns out, is concrete. Concrete, a blend of water, sand, gravel and…
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The Hidden Climate Impact of Residential Construction

By Chris Magwood, Tracy Huynh and Victor Olgyay   03/28/23  
New home construction in the US creates over 50 million tons of embodied carbon emissions annually, equivalent to the emissions from 138 natural gas–fired power plants or the yearly emissions from entire countries such as…
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Cement industry accounts for about 8% of CO2 emissions. One startup seeks to change that.

By Ben Tracy and Analisa Novak   01/16/23  
Cement is the most widely-used substance on Earth after water. When mixed with water, it forms concrete that becomes the backbone of buildings, roads, dams and bridges.
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The Impact of Climate Change on the Construction Industry in 2022

12/28/22  
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The Chemical Industry’s Role in Climate Change

By Jamie McConnell   12/01/22  
Did you know that the chemical industry – an industry that produces many of the ingredients found in products we use every day – is one of the largest contributors to climate change? In fact,…
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CO2 emissions from buildings and construction hit new high, leaving sector off track to decarbonize by 2050: UN

11/09/22  
Despite an increase in energy efficiency investment and lower energy intensity, the building and construction sector’s energy consumption and CO2 emissions have rebounded from the COVID-19 pandemic to an all-time high, a new report finds.…
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The construction industry remains horribly climate-unfriendly

06/15/22  
Covid-induced lockdowns may have upended the world of work, but they have not killed the skyscraper. Even as workers stay home to avoid the commute, cities’ penchant for these concrete marvels of engineering continues unabated.…
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A changing climate is buckling concrete and flooding roads. States are moving slowly to guard the nation’s infrastructure.

By Ian Duncan   11/28/21  
Road flooding has become more common in the 45 years that Kathy Lock has owned a home in this beach community on the Delaware Bay. A marsh rises five or six times a year to…
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Bendable concrete, other CO2-infused cement mixes could dramatically cut global emissions

By Lucca Henrion, Duo Zhang and Others   02/28/21  
One of the big contributors to climate change is right beneath your feet, and transforming it could be a powerful solution for keeping greenhouse gases out of the atmosphere. The production of cement, the binding…
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The concrete conundrum

03/01/08  
Concrete is the single most widely used material in the world – and it has a carbon footprint to match. James Mitchell Crow looks at some of the approaches being used to ease the material’s…
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