Mexico’s CEMEX has announced it will fully operate its cement plant in the UK using alternative fuel as the company’s seeks to reduce its carbon emissions.
It is using Climafuel, a waste-derived fuel made using household residual and commercial waste that would otherwise go to landfills, at its new facility at its Rugby cement plant.
The initiative supports CEMEX’s target to achieve a 40% reduction in carbon emissions in Europe by the end of 2022 and a 55% reduction by 2030.
With the investment at the plant in Rugby, the company expects to process the equivalent annual residues of a city the size of Madrid or Berlin and achieve 70% alternative fuel substitution in Europe this year.
UK Minister for Investment, Lord Grimstone welcomed the news: “CEMEX’s investment into a new Climafuel facility at its Rugby cement plant is a significant milestone in the company’s ambitions to decarbonise.
“With the government’s commitment to reach net zero by 2050, it’s important we support the adoption of alternative fuels and the development of new, climate-friendly technologies to help companies such as CEMEX move to a cleaner, greener future.”
Reducing the use of fossil fuels at its cement plants is key to CEMEX’s efforts to decarbonise operations as part of its Future in Action strategy and global ambition of delivering net zero CO2 concrete by 2050.
Fernando A. González, CEMEX’s CEO aded: “I am proud of CEMEX Europe’s continued leadership in our carbon action strategy. It serves as the model for the rest of our regions. I expect CEMEX to continue leading the way in our decarbonisation journey.
“This effort is not only the way to build a better future for the communities in which we operate and society at large but it is also the right thing for the future of the company. I look forward to continued progress on our Future in Action strategy from all of our regions.”