Cemex Holdings Philippines is advancing notably in its pursuit of carbon neutrality objectives through the implementation of clean energy-powered processes. The recent inauguration of the waste heat recovery facility at the APO Cement plant in Cebu perfectly aligns with Cemex’s commitment to adopting more environmentally friendly practices. This initiative is part of the company’s “Future in Action” agenda, a comprehensive program aimed at reducing its carbon emissions and taking a leadership role in promoting decarbonization within the construction industry.
Commissioned in 2022, the company’s 4.5MW waste heat recovery facility is strategically designed to utilize excess heat generated from the cement manufacturing process and convert it into usable energy. Since then, recycled waste heat has powered around 8% of APO plant’s energy requirement. By 2030, it is estimated that up to 65% of Cemex’s energy consumption will come from clean, renewable, and self-sustaining sources.
“We do not just talk about sustainability; we’re engineering it directly into our operations to ensure we deliver solid results as part of our Future in Action commitment to address climate change,” said Luis Franco, Cemex Philippines President and CEO.
Future in Action is Cemex’s program focused on achieving sustainable excellence through climate action, circularity, and natural resource management with the primary objective of becoming a net-zero CO2 company.
“Our ultimate goal is to become a net-zero CO2 company by 2050, and we are setting real, quantifiable targets for reducing our carbon footprint, and we’re dedicated to meet them,” Franco added.
As the country’s leading building materials company, Cemex continues to significantly contribute to climate change mitigation by reducing CO2 emissions in its cement production process. Based on public information, Cemex Philippines has the highest CO2 emissions reduction, as it already achieved a 50 percent reduction in CO2 emissions generated by its two cement plants, Solid Cement and Apo Cement from 1990-2022.
The company has also implemented programs focused on developing lower-carbon products, solutions, and processes to become a net-zero CO₂ company. In recent years, Cemex has increased its use of alternative fuels and optimized clinker production, which reduces the amount of CO2 involved in cement production without affecting the quality of cement it produces.
Cemex Philippines’ waste heat recovery facilities in its Antipolo and Cebu plants set a benchmark for other players in the industry, inspiring a collaborative push toward a more sustainable business approach and responsible future for the next generations.
CEMEX is a global construction materials company that is building a better future through sustainable products and solutions. CEMEX is committed to achieving carbon neutrality through relentless innovation and industry-leading research and development. CEMEX is at the forefront of the circular economy in the construction value chain, and is pioneering ways to increase the use of waste and residues as alternative raw materials and fuels in its operations with the use of new technologies. CEMEX offers cement, ready-mix concrete, aggregates, and urbanization solutions in growing markets around the world, powered by a multinational workforce focused on providing a superior customer experience, enabled by digital technologies. For more information please visit: www.cemexholdingsphilippines.com