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CEMEX and 3M partner to use waste as an energy source in Panama

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CEMEX is expanding its use of alternative fuels with an agreement with 3M in Panama to process their industrial waste. This collaboration aligns with CEMEX’s Future in Action strategy to reduce its carbon footprint and contribute to a circular economy.

This agreement adds to CEMEX’s capacity to repurpose society’s waste in its operations, reducing the carbon footprint of its own production processes as well as the amount of waste sent to landfills. Decomposition in landfills produces methane gas, a greenhouse gas that is 25 times as potent as carbon dioxide at trapping heat in the atmosphere. 3M will transfer approximately 30 t of its waste per year that CEMEX will use as an alternative fuel to produce high-quality cement for the Panama market.

"With this agreement, we will ensure that our waste has a second use and carry out the co-processing of our waste, valuing the waste as an alternative fuel; helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, better waste management, and reduction in the use of fossil fuels," said Enrique Aguirre, Managing Director of 3M in the Central America and Caribbean Region.

“We are very pleased to make this alliance that strengthens our company’s path towards our carbon neutrality goal by 2050. CEMEX and the building materials industry can play an important role in the creation of a truly circular economy. As evidenced by this agreement, we welcome this challenge and are moving aggressively to create the better circular world of the future,” said Jesús González, President of CEMEX South, Central America, and the Caribbean.” 3M will transfer waste from its manufacturing process with a high calorific value, such as residual foam and wool, to CEMEX. This high calorific waste allows cement kilns to achieve the high heat level necessary of 1500°C (2700°F) for the production of cement.

3M has a deep commitment to sustainability. That is why it has taken various actions to make its manufacturing processes more efficient. The company expects to reduce its carbon emissions across all operations further globally, achieving a 50% reduction by 2030, an 80% reduction by 2040, and 100% carbon neutrality in all its operations by 2050.

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