Mexico: Cemex has presented a comprehensive analysis of it strategic vision, operational performance, corporate governance and value creation in 2020 in its integrated report for the year. During the year, the group developed and implemented over 50 new hygiene and safety protocols against the Covid-19 outbreak, achieved zero fatalities and lost-time injuries across 96% of its operations and led remote operations with its Cemex Go digital platform, which accounted for 61% of global sales in 2020. Cemex announced its Climate Action strategy in February 2020, defining a global target of a 35% reduction of CO2 emissions per tonne of cementitious product by 2030. It also established an ambition to deliver net-zero CO2 concrete to all its customers globally by 2050.
At 31 December 2020 it had already achieved a 35% emissions reduction across its European operations and became the first cement producer to set a 55% reduction target in line with the European Commission’s new goal for member states. The group co-processed 2.7Mt of waste for use as alternative fuel (AF) across 91% of its cement plants, replacing 1.6Mt of coal at a substitution rate of 25%. The producer classified 29% of its cement business’ power consumption as ‘clean,’ with 100% renewable power supply across cement, concrete, and aggregates operations in Poland and the UK. The year also saw the global introduction of Vertua low carbon and net-zero CO2 products. Vertua Ultra Zero is the first net-zero CO2 concrete.
Cemex continues to operate under its Operation Resilience medium-term plan. The plan aims to promote growth, sustainability, and financial resilience. The company has amended its bank debt under its facilities agreement, which incorporates green metrics, and strengthened its social impact strategy to reinforce community initiatives. Group activities positively impacted more than 23 million people on an accumulated basis, contributing to the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, according to the producer.
Chief executive officer Fernando Gonzalez said, “2020 was undoubtedly a very challenging year, with Covid-19 abruptly upending every aspect of our lives and disrupting every industry worldwide.” He added, “Sustainability remains one of our top priorities, and our Climate Action strategy makes us confident in our ability to achieve our targets and aspirations.”