Breakthrough Energy, Meta back Center for Carbon Neutral Concrete

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Sources: American Concrete Institute, Farmington Hills, Mich.; CM2 staff

NEU: An ACI Center of Excellence for Carbon Neutral Concrete reports rapid membership growth during its first few months, underscored by Breakthrough Energy and Meta Platforms joining as sustaining members. Founded by Microsoft’s Bill Gates, the former is committed to scaling technologies the world needs to reach net-zero emissions by 2050. Meta, the parent company of Facebook, continues to build on more than 10 years of work to minimize its impact on the environment. Since 2020, Meta’s global operations have been supported by 100 percent renewable energy and achieved net zero greenhouse gas emissions.

In addition to sustaining member additions, NEU counts among its charter affiliate members ACI Foundation, Ash Grove Cement/CRH, CarbonBuilt, CeEntek, Heidelberg Materials. and Ozinga Bros. Inc. “I am encouraged to see the wide interest in what we are doing and the commitment to advancing the necessary technologies and knowledge needed to move our industry toward carbon neutrality goals,” says NEU Executive Director Drew Burns. “Collaboration with our membership, as well as with allied organizations, will be key during this process.” Alongside membership development, he adds, NEU will be working with other uniquely positioned allied organizations, thus far entering strategic alliances with the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association and ASTM International.