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CEMEX UK reports major improvements in sustainable development report

16 Aug 10 Building materials company CEMEX has launched the second Sustainable Development Report for its UK operational performance, bringing it into line with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) G3 principles for the first time, to help readers compare its performance with that of other companies.

The 2009 report builds on CEMEX’s corporate reporting framework, and outlines its sustainability targets for all CEMEX UK operational areas as part of a commitment made in the company’s previous report.

Key improvements included a 59% reduction in environmental incidents, a 30% increase in the use of alternative fuels and a 10% reduction of CO2 per tonne of product.

CEMEX UK also increased the use of rail freight by 20% and was among the first in the industry to become certified to the Building Research Establishment Framework Standard for the Responsible Sourcing of Construction Products (BES 6001) for our 230 readymixed concrete plants. The entire business has since been certified.

A vital factor in reducing CO2 emissions has been the 30% increase in the use of alternative fuels to part-replace fossil fuels, such as coal, to heat the company’s cement kilns. This includes Climafuel which is derived from household and commercial waste.

In 2009, CEMEX UK used more than 100,000 tonnes of Climafuel produced from approximately 200,000 tonnes of waste that would otherwise have gone to landfill. Based on the biomass content of the fuel, the use of alternative fuels saved over 160,000 tonnes of CO2, equivalent to that produced by around 64,000 cars in a year.

President for CEMEX UK, Gonzalo Galindo, said: “As one of the UK’s largest building materials companies in the UK our products are part of the fabric of a sustainable Britain. But our business has consequences for people and the environment. This report records our progress in balancing these impacts with the need to build a more sustainable future. Since our last report, the focus on a more sustainable future has been integrated further into our business to ensure we are on course to achieve Government targets and make it easy for our customers to deliver on theirs.” 

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