CEMEX USA continues to expand the use of low carbon alternative fuels at several of its California operations, utilizing renewable diesel to power trucks and machinery as part of its global Future in Action program.
“At CEMEX, we have ambitious goals to reduce our CO2 emissions across our value chain, and alternative fuels are key to helping us reach our sustainability goals,” said CEMEX USA President Jaime Muguiro. “Renewable diesel allows us to make a positive change for the environment almost immediately, contributing to a circular economy by using a product made from waste streams.”
CEMEX USA began using renewable diesel, produced by Neste and supplied by Western States Oil, in its mixer trucks in the Bay Area in 2018 during a pilot program. In the last few years, the initiative has expanded to include heavy machinery and off-road vehicles at CEMEX USA’s Eliot and Cache Creek quarries along with its aggregates terminal in Redwood City and 14 ready mix plants in Northern California. In Southern California, renewable diesel is being utilized at 11 ready mix plants, three quarries and in heavy equipment at the cement plant in Apple Valley.
CEMEX’s vehicles running on Neste MY Renewable Diesel emit up to 75% less greenhouse gas emissions over the life cycle compared to fossil diesel. Since the start of the program, CEMEX USA has prevented more than 33,000 tons of CO2 from entering the atmosphere.
In 2021, CEMEX updated its global sustainability targets, committing to provide net zero CO2 concrete by 2050 with interim goals to reduce CO2 emissions in its cement business by 40% and in concrete by 35% by 2030.