Minimizing Air Emissions and Enhancing Our Environmental Management | Sustainable Development |CEMEX
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Sustainable Development

Minimizing Air Emissions and Enhancing Our Environmental Management

We are committed to doing whatever it takes to reduce our environmental footprint. As part of our ongoing efforts, we strive to:

  • Monitor major and minor emissions
  • Improve our measurement methods
  • Adapt to new and more stringent air emissions regulations, investing accordingly and executing required trainings
  • Go beyond local regulations and set ambitious targets for emissions mitigation
  • Participating in industry-based efforts and multi-stakeholder dialogues to develop methods for addressing mercury and dioxin emissions
  • Reporting emissions in accordance with the CSI reporting protocol.

Implementing CEMEX Environmental Management System (EMS)

To evaluate how our operations are running and set goals that lead to significant environmental improvement, we must measure and report our activities. The objective of the CEMEX Environmental Management System (EMS) is to facilitate consistent, complete implementation of risk-based environmental management tools across our operations. The CEMEX EMS consists of key mechanisms for environmental impact assessment, stakeholder engagement and accident response based upon input from a range of environmental and biodiversity specialists. The EMS is compatible with similar standards such as ISO 14001 and the EU Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS).

As we approach full implementation of our global EMS in 2020, our goal is that all CEMEX facilities be 100 percent compliant with our internal environmental criteria.

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We work to mitigate the noise associated with our operations through operational controls and local measures such as noise suppressors, regulation of distance between noise sources and operators, isolation of noise sources, scheduling of blasting activities, and the provision of ear protectors to employees working in areas where noise levels exceed noise limits. These controls conform to the standards and requirements of our environmental management system and local regulations.

To minimize traffic congestion, and as part of our sustainable transport approach, we seek alternative ways to transport our raw materials and products. For example, many sites use conveyor belts to transport raw materials from the quarry, which reduces noise, congestion, and the likelihood of traffic accidents while also conserving fuel use. We seek alternative modes of transport—for example, multimodal systems comprising road, rail, and water transport—wherever feasible to reduce these impacts. The ultimate impact of these efforts is to reduce noise, vibration, energy use, CO2 emissions, and costs.