Cemex releases 2013 Sustainability Report

Cemex releases 2013 Sustainability Report
Published: 29 May 2014

Cemex has released its 2013 Sustainable Development Report, which shows significant progress in major priority areas that align with the challenges of increasing urban populations.

During 2013, Cemex worked to conceptualize and develop new products and solutions to promote efficient construction practices, preserve natural resources, lower the carbon footprint of its projects throughout their lifecycle, improve job site safety and foster a strong relationship with its communities and stakeholders.

“This year’s report responds to one of the most significant and relevant sustainability trends facing the world today – the increasing challenge of urbanisation. As the global population expands the promise of jobs and prosperity increasingly draws people to an urban environment,” said Fernando A. Gonzalez, Chief Executive Officer of Cemex.

Highlights of the report include:
•  368 infrastructure projects completed, representing almost 7.5Mm2 of concrete pavement for highways, mass transit projects, airport runways and city streets in 15 countries.

• two new Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) lines in the Mexican cities of Puebla and Monterrey, bringing the total lines supplied by Cemex up to 11. The Puebla line is expected to reduce CO2 emissions by approximately 26,000t. “Ecovia” Monterrey is expected to decrease commuting time by up to 50 per cent and reduce private car use between 15- 20 per cent in the medium term.

• Cemex built 7513 houses in 2013 (from 2942 in 2012) and is now executing projects in 19 countries (from nine in 2012). Its housing solutions offer now includes industrialised, disaster relief, energy efficient, vertical and affordable housing.

• In 2013, Cemex achieved a 28.4 percent alternative fuel substitution rate, the highest among its top competitors, according to the company

• Overall, the company’s total low-carbon initiatives resulted in the avoidance of more than 7Mt of CO2 emissions into the atmosphere during 2013, equivalent to the emissions made by 1.3m cars in one year.