About Us - Press Release - CEMEX’s self-construction initiatives benefit more than 2 million people
April 16, 2013
CEMEX, S.A.B. de C.V. (“CEMEX”) (NYSE: CX) presented today its 2012 Sustainable Development Report. Among other highlights, the company reported that its different self-construction initiatives, including Patrimonio Hoy, ConstruApoyo, and Productive Centers of Self-Employment, benefited more than 2 million people since the programs started.
With the world’s population expected to reach the 9 billion milestone by 2050, CEMEX is focused on meeting the needs of this growing population, while protecting the environment and contributing to the design of resource-efficient urban environments. CEMEX´s 2012 Sustainable Development Report summarizes its role in “Building the Cities of the Future.”
“CEMEX has an obligation to help create the sustainable housing and infrastructure that society will need in the coming years. Indeed, as this report details, we are already firmly on that path, and I am confident that we will continue to build on this commitment in the years to come,” said Lorenzo H. Zambrano, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of CEMEX.
In this latest report, CEMEX shows significant progress in major priority areas such as the company’s carbon strategy, sustainable construction, environmental and biodiversity management, workplace safety, affordable housing and infrastructure initiatives to strengthen communities around the world, and the development of innovative products designed to promote sustainable behavior of its end-users. Key highlights include:
- The company launched CEMEX Green Building Services to support clients in the execution of LEED or BREEAM certified projects with an integrated offer that includes bioclimatic architecture and energy-efficient engineering.
- CEMEX conceptualized and engineered global products to positively impact job site safety, promote efficient construction practices, sensibly preserve natural resources vital to life, lower carbon footprint, and improve the quality of life in rapidly transforming cities.
- CEMEX introduced a new modular, lightweight building system for affordable vertical housing construction.
- The company facilitated the completion of nearly 3,000 affordable housing projects during 2012.
- CEMEX supported more than 42,900 families in building 407,000 square meters of living space through its Patrimonio Hoy program.
- In 2012, CEMEX transformed agricultural, industrial, and municipal waste into fuel for our cement kilns, achieving a 27% alternative fuel substitution rate. Overall, the company’s total low-carbon initiatives resulted in the avoidance of the emission of 7.8 million tons of CO2 into the atmosphere, equivalent to the emissions made by 1.5 million cars.
- CEMEX completed 315 infrastructure projects in 2012, including solutions for sustainable mass transit systems in Latin America, such as Bus Rapid Transit and metro lines.
The report includes an external limited assurance statement by PricewaterhouseCoopers for the seventh consecutive year, as well as a statement from the company’s Sustainability Reporting Advisory Panel.
If you want to know more about CEMEX’s sustainability strategy and efforts, please review CEMEX’s 2012 Sustainable Development Report, which achieved a GRI-checked application level of A+ for the fifth consecutive year and is available online at:
Watch this video to learn how CEMEX is strategically positioned to help build the cities of the future:
CEMEX is a global building materials company that provides high-quality products and reliable services to customers and communities in more than 50 countries. CEMEX has a rich history of improving the well-being of those it serves through innovative building solutions, efficiency advancements, and efforts to promote a sustainable future.
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