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CEMEX strengthen commitment to sustainable development

CEMEX have announced significant progress in many key performance indicators related to their global sustainable development strategy, with important achievements in key areas such as workplace safety, environment and climate change, land management and biodiversity, and the company’s contribution to the communities in which it operates.

Among the achievements:

  • CEMEX reduced their lost-time injury frequency rate (LTIFR) by 33% in 2009 to 3.2 incidents per million hours worked. The company is continuing to work towards its ultimate goal of zero incidents and has confirmed its target LTIFR of 2.5 by 2010.
  • In 2009, 98% of CEMEX sites had implemented the company’s Safety Management System, up from 80% in 2008 and well on track to reach 100%.
  • CEMEX achieved a 20.7% reduction in CO2 emissions per ton of cement produced relative to their 1990 baseline. The company has reconfirmed its 25% reduction target by 2015.
  • CEMEX increased the use of more environmentally friendly alternative fuels from 10.3% in 2008 to 16.4% in 2009, thereby exceeding their target for 2015 ahead of time. The company has reconfirmed its targeted alternative fuels substitution rate of 23% by 2020.
  • In 2009, CEMEX achieved a 12.2% raw material substitution rate in their clinker production, thereby exceeding their 12% target by 2015 ahead of time. The company has reconfirmed its target of 15% substitution rate by 2020.
  • Overall, 82% of CEMEX active sites have quarry rehabilitation plans in place, achieving the company’s 2010 target ahead of time and putting it on track to meet the goal of 100% by 2015.

Together with the above achievements, during 2009 CEMEX launched an initiative to foster a culture of innovation throughout their operations. This effort co-ordinates expertise from all of CEMEX’s business units to develop initiatives targeted at reducing energy use, increasing the use of alternative fuels, improving customer service and promoting new ready-mix products for sustainable construction.

Reconfirming the company’s commitment to address climate change and to the development of a low-carbon economy, CEMEX chairman and CEO Lorenzo H. Zambrano said: ‘During 2009, despite the challenges posed by the global economic crisis, CEMEX deepened its commitment to its sustainable development initiatives. Taken together, our initiatives to address climate change implemented since 2006 allow us to avoid more than 1.5 million tons of CO2 emissions on an annualized basis, the equivalent of emissions made by about 290,000 passenger vehicles in one year.’

CEMEX say they intend to continue pursuing important and decisive actions towards strengthening their commitment to sustainable development as part of the company’s overall business model.

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