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CEMEX to operate fully on alternative fuels at UK cement plant

CEMEX has announced the inauguration of its new Climafuel facility at its Rugby cement plant in the UK.

This is the first CEMEX plant to eliminate the usage of fossil fuels, operating 100% on alternative fuels. Climafuel is a waste derived fuel which is made using household residual and commercial waste that would otherwise go to landfills.  This is another major milestone in CEMEX’s global Future in Action decarbonisation strategy.

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By the end of 2022, CEMEX is expected to achieve a 40% reduction in carbon emissions in Europe. CEMEX is also well on the way to its target of a 55% reduction by 2030, a target aligned to the European Union’s decarbonisation goal. With the investment at Rugby’s plant, CEMEX in Europe will process the equivalent annual residues of a city the size of Madrid or Berlin, and is expected to achieve 70% alternative fuel substitution in the region this year.

Fernando A. Gonzalez, CEMEX’s CEO, said: “I am proud of CEMEX Europe’s continued leadership in our carbon action strategy. It serves as the model for the rest of our regions. I expect CEMEX to continue leading the way in our decarbonization journey. This effort is not only the way to build a better future for the communities in which we operate and society at large but it is also the right thing for the future of the company. I look forward to continued progress on our Future in Action strategy from all of our regions.”

Lord Grimstone, The UK Minister for Investment, added: “CEMEX’s investment into a new Climafuel facility at its Rugby Cement Plant is a significant milestone in the company’s ambitions to decarbonize. “With the Government’s commitment to reach net-zero by 2050, it’s important we support the adoption of alternative fuels and the development of new, climate-friendly technologies to help companies such as CEMEX move to a cleaner, greener future.”

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