Cemex unveils carbon footprint tool for detecting carbon content of its key products
Cemex, Sab de CV has developed a carbon footprint tool that allows the company to measure the greenhouse gases emissions of its cement, ready-mix and aggregates products. The footprint tool considered a cradle-to-gate approach, from raw material sourcing to product manufacturing, provides significant assistance to customers in the building sector in calculating the carbon footprint of their projects. The tool has already been implemented in all of Cemex's operating cement plants, and is currently being rolled out across its ready-mix and aggregates operations worldwide. Cemex will begin publishing product specific carbon content for its products in selected operations during 2011, in a rollout schedule that will be driven by market requirements. Cemex will begin reporting performance indicators related to the rollout progress in its annual Sustainable Development Report.
Cemex's carbon footprint tool has been verified by independent certifier DNV, one of the world's leading environmental certification entities, in accordance with international certification protocols PAS2050, ISO14040, and the draft versions of ISO14067, and the WBCSD/ WRI GHG protocol Product Life Cycle Accounting and Reporting Standard. The knowledge generated throughout this process will better enable Cemex to identify opportunities to further reduce its CO2 footprint.
"Measurement, verification and calculation methods performed in accordance with ISO and CEN standards, and adopted by recognised certification protocols, are key fundamentals to promote low-carbon construction practices." said panellist
Juan Carlos Lopez Agui, President of the European Committee for Standardisation (CEN)
. "Knowing the environmental impact of a product helps producers, consumers and societies make informed decisions and take positive steps towards operating at a sustainable level. CEN and ISO standards offer a solid and transparent basis for a full life cycle analysis and allow certification protocols for materials, building products and constructions considering environmental, economic and social aspects."
"Cemex is proud to be the first building materials company able to offer its customers comprehensive carbon content information in its key products. We continually strive to operate our business in a sustainable way by measuring and reducing our carbon footprint in our products and operations," said
Luis Farias, Cemex Senior Vice President of Energy and Sustainability
Cemex, Sab de CV
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