Extreme Durability for Energy-Intensive Products and Materials

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The true “life-cycle” greenhouse gas emissions impact associated with the production of energy-intensive materials is determined in part by the useful lifetime of the products containing these materials. Therefore, by significantly increasing the durability and useful life of energy-intensive materials and the products within which they are embedded, emissions from the industrial sector could be dramatically reduced. Technology opportunities in this area could include the development of much more durable or modular/re-usable concrete, steel, and plastic materials and parts and more durable products that use these structures and materials (e.g. more durable automobiles).