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CEMEX is honored for environmental and safety excellence in the United States

Date published: May 20, 2011

The Portland Cement Association (PCA) and California Trucking Association (CTA) have given several awards to CEMEX in the United States for excellence in environmental stewardship and driving safety. The PCA recognized CEMEX’s plant in Lyons, Colorado; Dempolis, Alabama; Brooksville, Florida; and Louisville, Kentucky with four different awards related to environmental performance, while the CTA gave the company’s California-based fleet an award for driving 1.5 million accumulated miles without a single reportable incident.


CEMEX is honored for environmental and safety excellence in the United States

The PCA recognized CEMEX multiple times at the Cement Industry Energy & Environmental Awards. These awards honor individual cement facilities that exemplify the spirit of continuous environmental improvement and support this spirit with action.

“The United States cement industry is dedicated to producing a superior product while continuously challenging manufacturing policies and procedures to improve energy efficiency and making their local communities better places to work and live,” said Brian McCarthy, PCA president and CEO.

The PCA gave its Land Stewardship Award to CEMEX’s plant in Lyons for the plant’s efforts to protect and enhance its surrounding land. The CEMEX Lyons facility has a multifaceted land stewardship program. In 2010, its initiatives included establishing pollinator gardens for native species, exotic and invasive weed species management program, transitioning disturbed sites to native prairie vegetation, and enhancing wildlife habitat, populations and monitoring.

CEMEX’s plant in Dempolis, Alabama received the Innovation Award for its development and application of innovative technologies relevant to environmental protection. The Demopolis plant added a processing line at its facility that can handle a large range of alternative fuels, including wood chips, refuse-derived fuel, peanut shells, and other materials that would have ordinarily been sent to landfills.

CEMEX’s Kosmos cement plant in Louisville was a runner-up for the PCA’s Overall Environmental Excellence Award. This honor is given to a plant demonstrating merit in several environmental categories including: Outreach, Environmental Performance, Land Stewardship, Innovation, and Energy Efficiency. The Kosmos Cement plant is the only cement plant in Kentucky. Its cement is used in homes, roads, dams, schools, businesses and hospitals throughout the region.

The PCA also named CEMEX’s cement plant in Brooksville a finalist in the Award’s Energy Efficiency category that recognizes energy planning, applications of efficiency technologies and practices, and climate change mitigation efforts. In 2010 the Brooksville South plant appointed a facility-wide energy manager to lead a staff team that monthly reviews established energy reduction goals and discusses new ideas and strategies. The team’s efforts resulted in energy savings that decreased CO2 emissions by nearly five percent.

In California, the CTA awarded CEMEX with the 2011 Fleet Safety Award. CEMEX’s fleet, comprised of 18 tractor-trailer trucks and their skilled drivers, logged over 1.5 million miles without a reportable incident. The fleet regularly transports bulk cement, fly ash and gypsum. It has passed all inspections carried out by the California Highway Patrol over the past four years.

Sustainability at CEMEX is embedded in its business strategy and day-to-day operations. The company provides innovative building materials and solutions that satisfy the needs of a resource-constrained society. CEMEX strives to minimize its environmental footprint, and ultimately works to create the greatest value for its stakeholders.

From left, Chris Shrader, CEMEX in the USA Fleet Manager,  Joe Farrow, Commissioner, California Highway Patrol, and Frank Plummer, CEMEX Transportation Manager.

From left, Chris Shrader, CEMEX in the USA Fleet Manager, Joe Farrow, Commissioner, California Highway Patrol, and Frank Plummer, CEMEX Transportation Manager.

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