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The Contemporary Cement Cycle of the United States

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A country-level stock and flow model for cement, an important construction material, was developed based on a material flow analysis framework. Using this model, the contemporary cement cycle of the United States was constructed by analyzing production, import, and export data for different stages of the cement cycle. The United States currently supplies approximately 80% of its cement consumption through domestic production and the rest is imported. The average annual net addition of in-use new cement stock over the period 2000-2004 was approximately 83 million metric tons and amounts to 2.3 tons per capita of concrete. Nonfuel carbon dioxide emissions (42 million metric tons per year) from the calcination phase of cement manufacture account for 62% of the total 68 million tons per year of cement production residues. The end-of-life cement discards are estimated to be 33 million metric tons per year, of which between 30% and 80% is recycled. A significant portion of the infrastructure in the United States is reaching the end of its useful life and will need to be replaced or rehabilitated; this could require far more cement than might be expected from economic forecasts of demand for cement.

Hendrik G. Van Oss
Research Areas
Urban Systems and Built Environment

Cement, Construction and demolition waste, Material flow analysis, Sustainable infrastructure

Publication Type
Journal Article
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DOI: 10.1007/s10163-008-0229-x
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Kapur, Amit, Hendrik G. van Oss, Gregory A. Keoleian, Stephen E. Kesler, and Alissa Kendall. 2009. The Contemporary Cement Cycle of the United States. Journal of Material Cycles and Waste Management 11(2): 155-165.