The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA) certified the first-ever Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) for cement in North America. To be certified it had to undergo a rigorous process for certification. It requires a product manufacturer to go through a thorough process of "conducting a life cycle assessment (LCA) of plant operations and product inputs followed by an extensive review by independent LCA professionals.”
The EPD program, which was established in 2012, is designed to help concrete producers and suppliers to meet new green building rating systems such s LEED and more. This certification is verified by a third-party and ensures that products meet environmental performance ratings.