Cemex Partners for Decarbonization Projects - Smart Energy Decisions

Energy Efficiency, GHG Emissions, Industrial  -  May 14, 2024

Cemex Partners for Decarbonization Projects

Cemex entered into a partnership to conduct an analysis of the potential of decarbonization levers at Cemex's Balcones cement plant in Texas to accelerate the cement company’s commitment to achieving net-zero CO2 emissions by 2050.

The company collaborated with the Mission Possible Partnership (MPP) in partnership with the Bezos Earth Fund.

MPP is assisting Cemex in evaluating various pathways at the production plant level to decarbonize cement, which includes the use of alternative fuels, incorporation of lower-carbon materials, carbon capture and storage, and the utilization of captured carbon to produce synthetic fuels, chemicals or construction materials.

"Our collaboration with the Mission Possible Partnership represents a joint effort seeking to accelerate our sustainable commitments and comprehensively evaluate the extent to which we can utilize decarbonization levers within a specific plant ecosystem," said Fernando A. González, CEO of Cemex, in a statement. "This involves leveraging scalable technologies that would contribute to achieving our ambitious decarbonization goals on the path to becoming a net-zero company by 2050."

The high heat required in cement production is a key challenge to decarbonizing the cement industry. Cemex and MPP are exploring technologies that can substitute fossil fuels traditionally used to heat kilns with waste, renewable gas, biomass, hydrogen, and electrification of the kilns to achieve a more sustainable industrial production process.

The partnership with MPP aligns with Cemex's Future in Action program, which focuses on achieving sustainable excellence through climate action, circularity and natural resource management.

Since 2020, Cemex lowered Scope 1 and 2 specific CO2 emissions by 13% and 12%, respectively.

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