The building materials firm will start rolling out the methodology to all of its businesses worldwide in 2013. The company will focus initially on measuring its footprint, and secondly on defining actions to increase its water efficiency and reduce its water use.
This project is the result of a three-year partnership between Cemex and the International Union for Conservation of Nature, focusing on the improvement of water management in the cement, ready-mix concrete, and aggregates sectors of the building materials industry. The partnership has already leveraged important findings from data collection to minimize Cemex’s water footprint and increase efficiency, the company says.
As water-stressed regions are predicted to expand and increase, so does the level of risk faced by businesses that rely on water. Water is an important natural asset for the production of cement, ready-mix concrete, and aggregates at Cemex sites around the world. As a result, Cemex says that reducing risk for business operators and sharing available water resources equitably among all stakeholders — including ecosystems — are key components of the Cemex-IUCN partnership.
In June, Cemex announced that it had used 25 percent alternative fuels in its cement production in 2011. This achievement allowed the company to avoid the use of nearly 2 million tons of coal and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 1.8 million tons.