Cemex’s new policy puts water scarcity higher up the agenda

Global building materials firm Cemex has implemented a corporate water policy to increase water efficiency by managing consumption and utilising sustainable water sources such as rainwater.

In addition to preventing water pollution, the company will monitor, review, assess, and disclose water efficiency performance against measurable targets to drive continuous improvement.

According to the company, the policy defines its global strategy for responsible water management and acts as a framework for the development of local water conservation and efficiency strategies across its operations worldwide.

Cemex CEO Lorenzo H. Zambrano said: “Cemex is fully committed to carrying out our business activities in a sustainable manner, minimising pressure on water resources and covering three essential aspects such as resource availability, resource quality, and ecosystem integrity”.

Cemex says its water policy incorporates its commitment to protect ecosystems and biodiversity in its sites through sustainable water management.

Cemex vice president of energy and sustainability, Luis Farias, added: “This is a logical next step to complement our sustainability achievements, including increasing alternative fuel substitution rates and the use of renewable energy in our operations”.

Water is a primary component of concrete, representing approximately 25% of the mixture. It is also used for cooling and preparing slurry for cement, washing aggregates, and cleaning plants and equipment, including concrete delivery trucks.

Leigh Stringer

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