Cemex, S.A.B. de C.V. announced significant progress in its offer of products and solutions to support the construction of resilient and sustainable urban communities through its 2014 Sustainable Development Report, “Building Resilient and Sustainable Urban Communities.”
During 2014, Cemex evolved its sustainability approach to ensure its commitments are integrated in the business strategy and its daily activities around the world. The company has also created a sustainability committee reporting directly to the board of directors to guide its sustainability strategy and efforts.
“The 2014 report focuses on one of the most significant trends facing the world today –the increasing challenge of urbanization and the need to invest in resilient infrastructure and resource-efficient buildings, and affordable housing, while mitigating the effects of climate change,” said Fernando A. Gonzalez, chief executive officer of Cemex. “At Cemex, we make every effort to support the development needs of society in a resource-constrained world – enhancing our products, optimizing our environmental footprint and contributing to the quality of life of the communities in which we operate.”
Some important achievements during 2014 include:
- Completed almost 600 infrastructure projects that required more than 8 million square meters of concrete pavement in 14 countries, including highways, mass transit projects, airport runways and city streets.
- Contributed to the construction of 3,150 affordable and resource efficient units in 12 countries, representing more than 180,000 square meters of construction.
- Led the industry in the use of alternative fuels, transforming agricultural, industrial and municipal waste into fuel for cement kilns. In 2014, Cemex achieved close to 28 percent alternative fuel substitution.
- Avoided emissions of over 8 million tons of CO2 into the atmosphere, equivalent to the yearly average emissions from 1.5 million cars.