CEMEX Philippines achieves milestone of a net co-processing of waste
True to its commitment to build a better, more sustainable future, CEMEX Philippines is a net consumer of waste by co-processing much more wastes than the volume it generated.
CEMEX Philippines’ contribution to the circular economy is at six-times net waste reduction, where for every kilogram of waste it generates, six kilograms are co-processed. From 2016 to 2020, CEMEX Philippines was able to co-process 214,772 tons of waste compared to the waste generated by its cement facilities at 35,850 tons for the same period.
Use of this waste enables CEMEX Philippines’ to avoid 327,742 tons of CO2 emissions equivalent to the emissions of 71,278 passenger vehicles driven for one year or 362,248 tons of coal burned.
“This is a milestone in the overall achievement of the company’s “Future in Action” agenda. We take earnest steps in making sure that we maximize environmental opportunities in our operations, including use of alternative fuels through co-processing,” CEMEX Holdings Philippines President & CEO Ignacio Mijares said.
CEMEX’s Future in Action agenda is geared toward addressing climate change by reducing CO2 emissions by 35% by 2025 and >40% by 2030.
“Co-processing more than the waste we generate is proof-positive of our solid commitment in ensuring we are drivers of the circular economy, helping increase the use of waste as alternative fuels, reducing greenhouse gas emissions as these wastes provide replacement for fossil fuels,” Mijares said. “Also, co-processing helps divert these wastes which otherwise would end up in landfills and waterways,” Mijares further said.
Globally, CEMEX is committed to lead the industry in climate action by maximizing the technical levers currently available in the cement production process such as investing in energy efficiency, use of alternative fuels, expanding the use of renewable energy and increasing clinker substitution through alternative cementitious materials. Additionally, the company announced that it expects to invest approximately US$60 million annually under its Future in Action program designed to reduce its carbon footprint.
CEMEX believes that climate change is one of the biggest challenges of our time and supports the urgent need for a collective action to ensure compliance in the implementation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) on Climate Action. In 2020, global CEMEX reported that 91% of the company´s cement plants co-processed a cumulative 2.7 million tons of waste as alternative fuels, allowing for approximately 1.6 million tons of coal replaced and a 25.3% substitution rate.
CEMEX is a global construction materials company that is building a better future through sustainable products and solutions. CEMEX is committed to achieving carbon neutrality through relentless innovation and industry-leading research and development. CEMEX is at the forefront of the circular economy in the construction value chain, and is pioneering ways to increase the use of waste and residues as alternative raw materials and fuels in its operations with the use of new technologies. CEMEX offers cement, ready-mix concrete, aggregates, and urbanization solutions in growing markets around the world, powered by a multinational workforce focused on providing a superior customer experience, enabled by digital technologies. For more information please visit: www.cemexholdingsphilippines.com