Cemex unveils carbon footprint tool

Cemex unveils carbon footprint tool
Published: 08 December 2010

Cemex today announced that it has developed a carbon footprint tool – the first of its kind in the building materials industry –  that allows the company to measure the greenhouse gases 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, providing significant assistance to customers in the building sector in calculating the carbon footprint of their projects.

Cemex unveiled its CO2 footprint tool today at COP16 during a round-table discussion the company hosted along with the World Green Building Council titled “Key Challenges for Construction in the 21st Century”. Cemex speakers and invited panellists discussed key trends driving sustainable construction as well as proposals on production practices, design and application of concrete products that can contribute to sustainable construction.

“Cemex is proud to be the first building materials company able to offer its customers comprehensive carbon content information in its key products.” said Luis Farías, Cemex Senior Vice-President of Energy and Sustainability. “We continually strive to operate our business in a sustainable way by measuring and reducing our carbon footprint in our products and operations.”

 "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 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."