Reducing the carbon dioxide emissions associated with the production of concrete and its constituent materials can be achieved by improving energy efficiency and reducing consumption. The indicator (kWh/tonne) also referred to as ‘energy intensity’ reports energy consumption during the manufacture of concrete products added to proportional contributions from each of the constituent materials. This is effectively a measure of the average embodied energy of all concrete produced (by the Forum members).
Energy used in production as a proportion of production output (kWh/tonne)
In 2016, the energy intensity figure for the Rolling mix is 134.4 kWh/t. The figure for concrete and reinforcement is 154.1 kWh/t. The energy intensity figure for Standardised mix is 118.9 kWh/t. The figure for concrete and reinforcement is 140.5 kWh/t.
To provide an indicator that more accurately reflects the performance of the industry, energy intensity is now also shown as a baseline or standardised mix. This shows the energy intensity per year, based on the concrete mix of the 2008 baseline year.
Energy used in production as a proportion of production output - Standardised mix (kWh/tonne)
Further information on the energy efficiency indicator can be found in the full report.
This indicator is part of the Carbon section of the report and 2020 Strategy Commitments. An update on our Carbon 2020 Commitments.