CEMEX unveil carbon footprint tool
CEMEX have developed a carbon footprint tool – said to be the first of its kind in the building materials industry – that allows the company to measure the greenhouse gas emissions of its cement, ready-mix and aggregates products.
The footprint tool considers a cradle-to-gate approach, from raw material sourcing to product manufacturing, thereby providing considerable assistance to customers in calculating the carbon footprint of their projects.
The CO2 footprint tool was unveiled at COP16 during a round-table discussion hosted by the company, together with the World Green Building Council, entitled: ‘Key Challenges for Construction in the 21st Century’.
‘Measurement, verification and calculation methods performed in accordance with ISO and CEN standards, and adopted by recognized certification protocols, are key fundamentals to promote low-carbon construction practices,’ said round-table panellist Juan Carlos López Agüí, president of the European Committee for Standardization (CEN).
‘Knowing the environmental impact of a product helps producers, consumers and societies make informed decisions and take positive steps towards operating at a sustainable level. CEN and ISO standards offer a solid and transparent basis for full life-cycle analysis and allow certification protocols for materials, building products and constructions considering environmental, economic and social aspects.’
Verified by independent certifier DNV, in accordance with international certification protocols, the tool has already been implemented in all of CEMEX’s operating cement plants and is currently being rolled out across its ready-mixed concrete and aggregates operations worldwide.
CEMEX will begin publishing product-specific carbon content for its products in selected operations during 2011, in a roll-out schedule that will be driven by market requirements. Performance indicators related to roll-out progress will be reported in the company’s annual Sustainable Development Report.