ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year
CEMEX USA is a leading global producer of construction products, providing cement and concrete products throughout the United States. Its operations include 14 cement plants, nearly 50 distribution terminals, 115 aggregate quarries, and more than 335 ready-mix concrete plants. CEMEX is receiving ENERGY STAR recognition for its energy management accomplishments and exceptional communication of energy efficiency and the benefits of ENERGY STAR. Key accomplishments include:
Reducing overall energy intensity by 2.2 percent in 2008. Over 1.1 million MMBtus were saved through such measures as commissioning two new cement lines using state-of-the-art vertical roller mills for finish grinding, replacing and repairing compressed air systems, and upgrading plant lighting. These energy savings resulted in cutting 107,500 metric tons of CO2 emissions and are equal to providing electricity to 14,900 American homes for one year.
Developing a strategic communication plan to educate key udiences on energy efficiency and ENERGY STAR. CEMEX built solidarity among employees through training and motivational signage in plants and on employee uniforms and gear, and externally discussed its ENERGY STAR participation in articles published in Managing Automation and Fortune magazines.
Leading the cement industry by addressing embedded energy in suppliers' products and operations. CEMEX issued key energy performance metrics developed through the ENERGY STAR Cement Manufacturing Focus to its key suppliers, informing them that the company would evaluate future purchases based on these metrics.
Mentoring new ENERGY STAR partners in the refinement of their energy management programs and sharing best energy management practices with its industry.
Joining with DOE to commit resources to study and develop Carbon Capture and Sequestration technology to reduce CO2 emissions from a cement plant.