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EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Colosse Cement Company produces and supplies high quality cements to projects all over the Midwest, and has done so for decades. Ranking among the premier cement producers, Colosse has remained in compliance with government restrictions since its establishment. Providing a high quality product to consumers at a low cost, without sacrifices to environmental safety is a key part of Colosse’s mission. However, recent regulations proposed by the EPA on kiln emissions and the classification of carbon dioxide as a harmful gas regulated by the Clean Air Act have forced Colosse to re- evaluate cement production and eliminate inefficiencies that contribute to harmful emissions. Restrictions on kiln emissions are predicted to cost the cement industry up to $684 million in the first year if companies are not compliant. With the severe consequences of new regulations, Colosse’s survival as a cement producer requires a solution. On October 12, 2009, I proposed to research green cement technology as a solution for adherence to recent legislation and optimization in cement production. Peter Epaphras, head of Research and Development for Colosse approved the research three days later on October 15, 2009, allowing the research to begin. The report focuses on these main areas: 1) Investigate the government regulations on cement production presently, as well as future regulations. 2) Research the characteristics of green cement technology. 3) Explore the optimal location for green cement production in the United States. 4) Review the costs associated with OPC and green cement technology. The most important benefits offered by green cement technology are its decrease in carbon emissions and energy use. Green cement technology’s main focus is the elimination of harmful outputs during production, which also decreases the cost of production. In current applications, green cement technology has even increased the carbon capture rate to .75 tons of carbon dioxide per ton of cement (13). The decrease in energy use conserves natural resources, decreases harmful outputs, and decreases costs. The optimal location of green cement technology relies on the proximity of production to construction and demolition debris, SCMs, and carbon dioxide emissions. Each factor, while located in different areas, lies in the same region of the United States. The Mid- Atlantic region houses most of the nations C & D debris, carbon emissions, and SCMs, which makes it the ideal area for production. Many businesses have adopted the green mentality. In the cement industry, regulations on emissions have forced many producers to develop new technologies and processes. Calera, CeraTech, and Novacem are among the top cement producers employing green cement technology. All companies are greatly decreasing energy input, using replacement 1
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materials in production, and decreasing carbon dioxide emissions in compliance with the proposed regulations on harmful emissions. Conclusions
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