CEMEX Philippines’ solid cement plant in San Jose, Antipolo, was recently recognised by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources’ (DENR’s) Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) for its small scale waste to energy co-processing of residual wastes. This is in keeping with the cement company’s commitment towards tackling climate change, with proper environmental management being one of the concrete steps taken.
The recognition serves as another validation that CEMEX has, for many years, been true to its commitment towards sustainability and environmental management. This further fulfils CEMEX’s ‘Future in Action’ global strategy to address Climate Change which centres on reducing its CO2 emissions by 35% by 2025 and around 40% by 2030.
At the core of CEMEX’s environmental management initiative is co-processing, which is a sustainable way of processing wastes, specifically single-use plastics, using a cement kiln. This industrial method helps in effectively reducing wastes being dumped on landfills and water bodies. It also helps in recycling the materials as additional energy sources (alternative fuel) during cement production.
Solid Cement Plant Director, Santiago Ortiz, received the plaque of recognition from DENR-EMB CALABARZON Regional Director Noemi Paranada through a recent virtual awarding ceremony. “This recognition is a testament to our commitment that we must continuously push for the reduction of our CO2 emissions and protect our environment,” Ortiz said.
CEMEX’s steadfast campaigns towards climate change earned them different awards from DENR. This includes DENR-EMB’s recognition of Solid Cement plant in 2017 for its commitment to the government’s Adopt-a-River Programme. It also received Best Environmental Technology and Best Available Practice for exemplifying best practices in implementing the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000 under Republic Act (RA) 9003. In 2019, the DENR-EMB conferred an award for its innovative waste management solutions such as co-processing and for TSeK (Tamang Segregasyon Para Sa Kalikasan) programme services.
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