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Sustainable Development

Conserving Land, Biodiversity and Water

Protecting the natural resources society relies on is an important part of the sustainable development of urban environments.

Natural ecosystems are intrinsically valuable and provide essential services to people, sequestering carbon, providing fresh water and supporting food production and disease prevention.

Rapid urbanization, climate change, energy demand, biodiversity loss and water scarcity are global issues that will exert significant demands on businesses and society over the next decades.

Managing Water to Minimize Use

Water is of paramount importance to CEMEX. It makes up approximately 25 percent of concrete mixtures and is used in several stages during the production process of cement, ready-mix and aggregates as well as for cleaning plants, trucks and equipment. To protect this natural resource and help our business flourish, we must increase our water efficiency and control our water waste.

In 2013, we also launched our Corporate Water Policy which defines our global strategy for responsible water management and acts as a framework for the development of local water conservation and efficiency strategies across our operations worldwide.

In 2016, we continued implementation of our Corporate Water Policy across operations. This includes standardization of our water measurement based on the Water Protocol developed in coordination with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). In 2016 our water withdrawals were 15% less water than in 2015.

Biodiversity Action Plans (BAPs)

Biodiversity Action Plans (BAPs) are CEMEX’s principal tool for achieving a net positive impact on biodiversity. CEMEX and BirdLife International have created a standard for the development of BAPs to ensure individual operations are able to thoroughly and systematically produce their own tailored to the particular biodiversity values associated with the operations and challenges they face. This work is guided by our Corporate Biodiversity Policy, which is fully integrated into our business model in all countries and operations, and aligned with the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and its Aichi Biodiversity Targets.

Supporting the European Union’s Nature Conservation Policy

In recognition of the value and achievements of our national partnerships with BirdLife, BirdLife Europe and CEMEX issued a joint statement wholeheartedly supporting the European Union’s Nature Conservation Policy.


Preserving El Carmen

Since 2001, CEMEX has been preserving nature and sharing its wonder through El Carmen, a private trans boundary conservation area in Mexico owned and managed by CEMEX and other private landowners.

Comprising five different ecosystems, the wilderness reserve is home to a myriad species of plants, birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians.

With an area of 140,356 hectares, the reserve is eight-times larger than the amount of area CEMEX has dedicated to operations worldwide.

Today, El Carmen is one of the most important biodiversity hotspots and trans boundary ecosystems in the world.


Since 1993 CEMEX has had the privilege to work with some of the world’s most prestigious and dedicated conservation organizations to publish provocative books that illustrate the need to preserve and protect our environment.

This series is part of our commitment to promote among our stakeholders a culture of biodiversity awareness and conservation, as well as to raise awareness of the interconnected nature of biodiversity and climate change. We publish a new book each year that illustrates strategies and diverse approaches to foster the protection of our natural world and is complemented by powerful images from the world's best nature photographers. We have distributed these books through public and private sectors as well as universities, where they are used as a reference tool by experts in several fields. We have donated thousands of the books to conservation organizations to help them fund their projects.

To know more about CEMEX Conservation & Nature Book Series click here

A Geography of Hope: Saving the Last Primary Forests

Released on September 2016, this new book combines splendid photography with expressive prose to warn us about the urgent need to preserve our primary forests and their rich biodiversity.

The protection, restoration, and reforestation of primary tropical forests alone could provide up to 50 % of the climate change mitigation scientists deem necessary over the next 50 years. They are also essential for filtering and maintaining freshwater flows and supporting the livelihoods of millions of indigenous people around the world.

Protecting our forests require urgent action form the community, governments and businesses as a whole, including designation of protected areas and financing.

This volume is presented in collaboration with Conservation International (CI), Earth In Focus, and The Wild Foundation. CI uses science, policy and partnerships to protect the nature people rely on for food, fresh water, and livelihoods.



To further promote a culture of appreciation and respect for nature across the global community, CEMEX is launching the CEMEX Nature Site, using the dynamics of social media channels to reinforce the impact of the published books. The site will go beyond extracts from the most recent books to include information about CEMEX’s other biodiversity and environmental projects.

We welcome you to visit CEMEX Nature Site: