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Cemex wins awards for energy efficiency and responsible business practice

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Three Cemex plants in the US have been awarded the 2010 ENERGY STAR® for their superior energy performance.

“CEMEX is leading the industry for energy efficiency and our work to protect the environment,” said Gilberto Perez, President of Cemex USA. “We’re honored to again have three plants receive this award by the U.S. government. Cemex’s commitment to sustainable manufacturing is clear, our local men and women at the plants are focused and we’re achieving results while producing the highest quality products to build the nation’s communities and infrastructure.”

It is not the buildings that are recognised, but the actual efficient cement manufacturing processes and performance at each of these Cemex cement plants that is labeled with the ENERGY STAR®.  So far, the EPA and DOE have only awarded five ENERGY STAR® awards for individual cement plants in the US for 2010. CEMEX USA was also recently awarded the EPA’s ENERGY STAR® 2010 Partner of the Year Award for its work in managing its energy and cutting greenhouse gases company-wide. This is the second consecutive year it has achieved this Partner of the Year honor and received the award at a ceremony in March in Washington, D.C.

Winning ways

CEMEX’s Clinchfield, Louisville, Demopolis, and Wampum, Pa. plants received the 2009 ENERGY STAR®. In 2008, its Clinchfield, Louisville, Wampum, Davenport, Calif., and Knoxville, Tenn. cement facilities received the award – this was the most cement plants selected for any one company in the US.  In addition, CEMEX’s Clinchfield, Davenport and Louisville plants were awarded the ENERGY STAR® in 2007.

Over the last year, the plants conducted compressed air system surveys to identify leaks, installed more efficient motors, completed staff energy training programs, upgraded lighting systems with motion sensors, increased the use of permitted and authorized alternative fuels, reduced equipment idle times, performed process inspections, and conducted audits to reduce unnecessary power usage. All three plants implemented measures to improve their energy use performance.

CEMEX attributes its successful energy management program to senior management support, best practice sharing, adoption of new technologies, and utilising external resources and tools from ENERGY STAR®.

Big Tick success

Just a few days after the announcement of Cemex USA’s ENERGY STAR® success, Cemex received the Big Tick award from the Business in Community’s (BITC) prestigious national award scheme for responsible business practice.  The award was given to the company for their Patrimonio Hoy Programme, which has been in operation since 2000.

The Big Tick award is the first level available to entrants of the BITC’s national Awards for Excellence, the UK’s most influential, independent, peer assessed corporate responsibility awards. Each year there are on average 350 entries.  

The Awards for Excellence reward businesses who demonstrate the positive impact they have had on society and also the business benefits created by ensuring that being responsible is integral to their business model.

Patrimonio Hoy

CEMEX’s Patrimonio Hoy (translated, savings/property today) programme allows low income families in Mexico and Latin America to obtain access to services and building materials through a well-planned savings and credit scheme.  To date more than 260 000 families have improved their housing and living conditions and it is estimated that the scheme has impacted the lives of more than 1.25 million people.

Cemex has also entered the ‘International’ category for the Award for Excellence, being one of seven entries put forward, demonstrating they have a positive impact on one or more of the UN Millennium Development Goals.

“We are pleased to receive the Big Tick recognition and to have been short listed as an Example of Excellence by Business in the Community. Cemex has demonstrated a long-term commitment to sustainable development and corporate responsibility by collaborating with others to make the greatest positive impact on the world.  Access to housing is one of our priorities and through Patrimonio Hoy we have contributed to improve the living conditions of over 260 000 families across Latin America.” comments Lorenzo H. Zambrano, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer.

CEMEX will be presented with its Big Tick award at the Royal College of Music, central London and will find out it if they have won an Award of Excellence for the International category on 5th July 2010 at the award ceremony.

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