Aggregates Giant Cemex Moves Ahead With Climate Action Strategy

SOURCE: Cemex | July 18, 2020

Cemex has confirmed that the measures it put in place to mitigate the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic will not delay the implementation of its Climate Action Strategy.

In February, Cemex established a 2030 target of a 35% reduction of its net specific CO2 emissions per ton of cementitious product compared with its 1990 baseline.

The company is also aiming to deliver a net-zero CO2 concrete globally to all of its customers by 2050.

Cemex’s CEO Fernando A. Gonzalez says: “Climate change is one of the biggest challenges of our time, and we believe that we can continue to address it as a fundamental component of our efforts to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.”

The building materials giant intends to fulfil its 2030 target through a CO2 roadmap for each of its manufacturing plants to accelerate the rollout of proven technologies worldwide.

Cemex aims to reduce CO2 emissions in clinker through the production of novel clinkers with lower heat consumption, the use of alternative decarbonated raw materials and the use of alternative fuels.

It also seeks to reduce CO2 emissions in cement by increasing the substitution of clinker with alternative cementitious materials, using admixtures to enhance strength, and adopting new grinding technologies to improve performance.

For the 2050 ambition, Cemex is working in the research and development of carbon capture, utilization, and storage solutions and new ways of producing clinker with solar fuels.

Additionally, the company is working to reduce emissions in its concrete and aggregates businesses through the carbonation of concrete waste that is converted into recycled aggregates and the promotion of circular economy models that transform waste into fuel and alternative raw materials.

As part of the commitment, Cemex also aims to reduce emissions in the construction value chain by providing materials for energy-efficient buildings, using alternative low CO2 transportation for raw materials and products, and promoting reforestation as a carbon sink.

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