U.S. Concrete, Inc. (NASDAQ: USCR) has announced that its San Francisco-based operating company, Central Concrete Supply Co., has become the first ready mix concrete producer in the United States to adopt the 2030 Challenge for Products, an initiative to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions from the Building Sector through low-carbon building products. Central Concrete has already achieved the first Challenge target set for 2014: delivering low-CO2 concrete mixes that reduce the overall carbon footprint, on average, by more than 30% as compared to traditional Portland cement concrete.

The 2030 Challenge for Products, issued by Architecture 2030, calls on architecture, planning, and building industries worldwide to specify, design and manufacture products that meet specific carbon reduction targets between now and the year 2030. These targets increase incrementally every five years.

U.S. Concrete's Central has also announced the development of environmental labels for their concrete mixes to become the first ready mix concrete supplier in the United States to initiate Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs), an initiative that provides standardized, quantified product life-cycle information to enable comparisons among various products fulfilling the same function.

"Our operating companies strive to remain at the forefront of industry initiatives related to reducing the carbon footprint. Adopting such action-oriented programs clearly demonstrates our solid commitment to sustainable construction," said William Sandbrook, President and Chief Executive Officer, U.S. Concrete, Inc. "We have a strong culture of sustainability throughout our operations that will enable us to expand these efforts in all of the markets we serve."

Francesca Desmarais, Director, 2030 Challenge for Products, added, “through the development of EPDs and their demonstrated low carbon products, Central Concrete is an exemplary manufacturer committed to sustainability, transparency, and low-carbon products. Architecture 2030 is excited to have them adopt the Challenge."

Globally, the building sector consumes more energy and contributes more to climate change than any other sector. Reducing the carbon footprint of the built environment is widely recognized as crucial for conserving energy, reversing climate change and sustaining a healthy economy. In particular, reducing the carbon footprint of concrete has been highlighted as one of the most significant actions the building sector can take.

In response to Architecture 2030’s call, Central Concrete joined the Carbon Leadership Forum — a team of researchers from the University of Washington’s College of Built Environments, along with design and construction professionals — to devise standards for concrete. These standards will allow owners, architects, structural engineers and developers to easily assess the environmental impact of concrete mixes and relate them to LEED v4 and 2030 Challenge for Products requirements.