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SCA Shipment Report Shows Strong Growth in Slag Cement Shipments

The SCA has been compiling shipment data from member companies for years and are pleased to announce a 12% growth in slag cement shipments from 2015 to 2016.

"Those of us in the concrete industry have long known that the use of slag cement increases the strength and durability of concrete at a reduced environmental impact. I am pleased that this 12% increase in shipments represents the strength of our economy and the increased understanding of the benefits of slag cement in the design, specification, and construction communities."

Ed Griffith, President, SCA

The below graph from the annual membership shipment report shows the trends in slag cement shipment sales over the last 20 years.

 

How Does Shipping Slag Cement Impact the Environment?

In 2007, 3.4 million metric tons of slag were used in the United States, representing the following environmental benefits:

  • Avoided 2.6 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions (the same amount produced by 430,000 cars).
  • Avoided 13 trillion BTUs of energy use (the same as 62,000 households).
  • Conservation of virgin materials: 4.5 million metric tons (the equivalent quantity of raw material needed to produce portland cement for almost 2300 lane-miles of 8 in. concrete pavement).

Visit the sustainability section to learn more about the environmental benefits to slag cement use.