Source: CEMEX, S.A.B. de C.V., Monterrey, Mexico

Cemex announced recently that it has invested more than US$175 million, adjusted its production process and installed equipment to prepare, handle, and feed alternative fuels into its cement kilns. In 2011, Cemex achieved approximately a 25 percent alternative fuel substitution rate in its cement production, the highest rate among its global peers. The alternative fuel strategy has helped the company avoid the use of close to 2 million tons of coal and the emission of 1.8 million tons of CO2 into the atmosphere.

The substitution of fossil fuels with alternative fuels results in numerous benefits, such as:

  • Reduces GHG emissions;
  • Saves fossil fuels for the future;
  • Reduces need for landfill;
  • Recovers energy from waste; and
  • Decreases energy costs

Cemex has set a target of a 35 percent alternative fuel substitution rate in cement production by 2015, and it seems on track to make it happen. For more information about the company's sustainability strategy and efforts, please review CEMEX’s 2011 Sustainable Development Report, which achieved a GRI-checked application level of A+ for the fourth consecutive year and is available online at here and as an iPad App here.

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