ACI Expands Partnership for Carbon Neutrality in Concrete
Earlier this month, the American Concrete Institute and the Federacion Interamericana Del Cemento (FICEM) completed an addendum to their International Partner Agreement which calls for a joint effort to achieve carbon neutrality in the concrete/cement sector.
“Concrete is the second-most used material in the world. Unless we change how this essential material is produced, net zero carbon emissions cannot happen,” said Dr. Antonio Nanni, chair of the Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering at the University of Miami College of Engineering and ACI Vice President. “I am extremely proud of how the University of Miami College of Engineering has enabled these historic agreements.”
In 2019, FICEM and ACI completed an International Partner Agreement to exchange the technical expertise of each organization through publications, meetings, conferences, internet links, committee membership, certification activities and other activities.
According to the university, cement production accounts for 7% of global carbon emissions. To address this issue, FICEM signed unprecedented agreements with ACI and the Global Cement and Concrete Association (GCCA), focused on reducing industry-wide emissions and reaching carbon neutrality. In the expanded partnership, FICEM will join GCCA as an accelerator in the United Nations Race to Zero campaign to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.
The efforts of FICEM and ACI will be propelled through the ACI Center of Excellence for Carbon Neutral Concrete (NEU), whose mission is to provide access to technologies and the knowledge needed to effectively and safely produce and place carbon neutral concrete in the built environment.
The expanded agreement will encourage cooperation in areas of joint events, industry partnerships, research, technology acceleration, technical committees and other related activities.
“FICEM is very pleased to reinforce and expand our partnership with the American Concrete Institute through this updated International Partner Agreement,” said Maria Jose Garcia, Executive Director, FICEM. “This agreement reaffirms FICEM’s role in promoting the sustainable development of cement-based construction systems and highlights both organizations’ commitment to achieving a carbon neutral industry.”
The signing of the addendum included FICEM President Jose Raul Gonzalez, ACI President Charles Nmai and COP27 High-Level Climate Action Champion Harald Friedl, in addition to President of the University of Miami Julio Frenk, Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs & Provost Jeffrey Duerk and Dean of the College of Engineering Pratim Biswas. Afterwards, Nanni led a fireside chat with attendees focused on overcoming the strategic challenges facing carbon neutrality in the concrete industry and how Latin American plays a leading role in achieving industry-wide change in concrete and cement.
Others who were noted to speak included Chair of the Board of ASTM César Constantino, Harald Friedl and Jeffrey Duerk.
“The Institute is eager to expand this partnership with FICEM and we look forward to members of both organizations carrying on technical exchange and collaboration through committee activities, development of education products, and more,” said Nmai. “This agreement aligns with ACI’s strategic goal to provide resources for concrete professionals globally and to effectively meet the demands of a changing world.”
2022 Concrete Codes
Earlier this year, ACI released its 2022 ACI Collection of Concrete Codes, Specifications and Practices, a collection that it deems “the most comprehensive and largest single source of information on concrete design, construction, materials, and repair.”
The collection includes over 50 codes and specifications along with more than 200 practices, which includes guides and reports. In addition, the 2022 ACI Collection includes more than 10 newly published documents ranging from codes on thermal bridge mitigation to specifications for polished concrete slab finishes, crack repair and more.
Other categories in the ACI Collection include concrete materials, properties, design, construction, reinforcement, specialized application, repair, structural analysis, and innovation, slabs, formwork and masonry. It features:
According to ACI, the collection is available as an online subscription, a USB drive and a nine-volume set of books. ACI notes that the online subscription option is developed for individual users and is the most convenient format, is always up-to-date and includes access to every new ACI document upon publication.