Senator Kip Bateman has a concrete solution for reducing carbon in the atmosphere, and his legislation was endorsed today by the Senate.
The Senate cleared Sen. Kip Bateman’s bill that would reduce carbon in the atmosphere by requiring developers to offer a more environmentally friendly concrete product as an option in new construction. (©iStock)
Bateman’s bill, S-3901, requires developers to offer a more environmentally friendly concrete product as an option in new construction.
“We want to encourage the use of concrete products utilizing ‘carbon footprint-reducing technology.’ Concrete is the most widely used construction material, but it is responsible for 8 percent of the world’s carbon dioxide emissions,” said Bateman (R-16). “Technology now allows concrete to be produced with less energy, reducing carbon emissions, and this bill will support its adoption in the marketplace.”
The legislation would establish tax incentives and government purchasing preferences for the use of earth-friendly unit concrete products that utilize the new technology.
A tax credit of $2 per square foot of qualified product, capped at $3,000 for a residential build, and $30,000 for a commercial property.
“The credits will encourage investment in building material that will reduce greenhouse gas and help reduce climate change,” Bateman said. “It is a relatively painless way to cut our carbon footprint and improve the environment.”
Bateman’s bill also requires the Environmental Protection commissioner to establish standards and procedures for certifying a concrete product that generates at least a reduction of half the carbon of traditional concrete.
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