Carbon labelling for bagged cement
02 August 2012 - 14:26
CEMEX UK introduce independently verified CO2 labelling system for packed cement products
CEMEX UK have become the first cement company in the world to introduce a new carbon labelling system on their bagged cements. Externally assured by DNV Business Assurance, a world-leading certification body, the new labelling system highlights the amount of CO2 per 25kg bag of cement and provides much-needed information for the building industry.
DNV Business Assurance have been selected by CEMEX globally to give independent third-party verification and certification to the carbon footprint calculations undertaken by CEMEX and the UK is the first country to introduce the system using DNV.
‘The new CO2 footprint on our packed cements is an indication of our ongoing transparency and information provision to customers and consumers, whose awareness and curiosity regarding the footprint of products is increasing,’ commented CEMEX UK’s sustainability director, Andy Spencer.
‘For many construction companies, as awareness of our carbon footprint increases, quantification is becoming a ‘must’ for their stakeholders. CEMEX UK are helping to provide a solution by giving an accurate quantification to the building materials element.
‘Using DNV to externally assure to PAS2050 – a recognized method for assessing the life-cycle greenhouse-gas emissions of goods and services – adds vital credibility and consistency to our published figures.’
Jahn Henry Løvaas, DNV’s business assurance UK general manager, said: ‘DNV are finding that stakeholders are increasingly calling for the measurement and independent verification of carbon footprints. In this respect, CEMEX UK’s labelling of bagged cement represents a substantial and tangible commitment.’