The recovery and use of CCPs in the identified applications can have substantial environmental benefits. Creating awareness and understanding of these benefits by important stakeholders is at the core of the Associations' charter.
Some of the most prevalent examples of the environmental benefits gained from the use of CCPs include:
- Waste stream reduction and associated reductions in requirements for landfill;
- The conservation of resources such as gypsum, limestone and natural gas when FA is used as a replacement in cement production; and
- The reduction of greenhouse gas emissions when used as a cement replacement (saving up to one tonne of carbon dioxide per tonne of cement.)
Since 1975, some 16 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions have been abated by the use of FA in the manufacture of cement and concrete.