As part of its efforts to cut CO2 emissions, CEMEX USA successfully introduced lower carbon portland-limestone cement (PLC) manufactured at its plants in Brooksville, Fla., and Demopolis, Ala., across the southeastern United States.
CEMEX USA increased production of PLC at its Brooksville and Demopolis plants over the last year, and currently, the material accounts for more than 50% and more than 20%, respectively, of the cement produced at the operations. The company aims to increase the production of PLC, or begin manufacturing the eco-friendly product, at other U.S. cement plants in the coming months.
“At CEMEX, we acknowledge that climate action is one of the most important issues facing our world, and we are committed to being part of the solution,” said CEMEX USA President Jaime Muguiro. “Our company has ambitious emission-reduction targets, and by offering lower carbon products that deliver brilliant performance like portland-limestone cement, we can continue to work toward those goals while encouraging customers to join us in the journey.”
Increased PLC production is just one element of CEMEX’s Future in Action program that focuses on reducing the carbon footprint of its operations and products. The company plans to increase its use of alternative fuels, including biomass, at the Brooksville and Demopolis plants to further reduce CO2 emissions and promote a circular economy. Alternative fuels are expected to account for 30% of fuels used in the manufacturing process at the Brooksville plant by the end of the year.
CEMEX announced more aggressive climate goals just last year and implemented its Future in Action program. The ambitious targets include cutting CO2 emissions by 40% by 2030 compared to 1990 baseline levels and working to deliver net-zero concrete globally by 2050.