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Carbon Neutral Alliance inaugurated at Rüdersdorf

CEMEX and partners

CEMEX and partners inaugurate network of private and public entities dedicated to decarbonization

CEMEX and their partners announced this week the inauguration of the Carbon Neutral Alliance, which aims to accelerate the development of innovative technologies designed to transform CEMEX’s Rüdersdorf plant into the first carbon-neutral cement facility by 2030.

The Carbon Neutral Alliance comprises a network of over 20 private and public entities, dedicated to climate innovation. Among the technologies being introduced at Rüdersdorf is a waste heat recovery project scheduled for the summer of 2022, as well as the development of renewable energy generation. Additionally, and as a result of CEMEX’s co-operation with Sasol and ENERTRAG, the company expects to produce sustainable aviation fuel on site.

Professor Jörg Steinbach, Brandenburg’s Minister of the Economy (left of photo); Fernando A. Gonzalez, chief executive officer of CEMEX (right of photo); Marius Brand, executive vice-president of Sasol: Sasol 2.0 Transformation; Dr Helge Sachs, senior vice-president of Sasol ecoFT; and Francisco Quiroga, the Mexican Ambassador in Germany, met to inaugurate the consortium at the Rüdersdorf cement plant on 31 May.

At the event, CEMEX reaffirmed their commitment to climate action and their ambition of achieving carbon neutrality by 2050. The Rüdersdorf Alliance is an important step in scaling the necessary technology to reach this goal.

‘At the Rüdersdorf cement plant, we are introducing breakthrough decarbonization technologies that will bring the world closer to climate neutrality. Each step towards this goal is made easier through co-operation with our business partners,’ said CEMEX’s Fernando A. González.

‘We are delighted to be partnering with an alliance of world-class industrial experts and with governmental authorities who are as committed as we are to decarbonization.’

CEMEX say the experience and knowledge gained from the Carbon Neutral Alliance will be an important foundation for them as they decarbonize the cement production process at their plants around the world.

The activities of the Carbon Neutral Alliance are part of CEMEX’s climate action programme: Future in Action. In 2020, the company announced its decarbonization strategy, setting its own global target to reduce carbon emissions by 40% by 2030. This target is expected to be achieved in Europe in 2022.

By 2030, CEMEX intend to reduce emissions at their European sites by 55%, in line with the European Union’s new strategy to reduce CO2 emissions. CEMEX have also announced their goal to achieve net-zero carbon emissions in concrete by 2050.

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