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Decarbonizing the Polish construction industry - CEMEX Future in Action strategy

08 of August '21

CEMEX Poland has endorsed the decarbonization path presented in a report by the Polish Green Building Council (PLGBC).

The document, published in early June, includes a plan to decarbonize the construction industry by 2050. The report was produced with the support and cooperation of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). The CEMEX Polska Sp. z o.o.'s participation in the project confirms the company's commitment to implementing its Future in Action corporate strategy to combat climate change.

According to the vision presented in the report, in 2050 all buildings in Poland should have a zero operational carbon footprint, while new and retrofitted buildings should have a net zero carbon footprint over their entire life cycle, i.e. a zero balance of embedded and operational carbon footprint.

The document's authors emphasize that achieving this goal requires, among other things, the transformation of buildings and changes throughout the construction sector. The proposed decarbonization pathway for building materials manufacturers includes, among other things, raising knowledge and awareness of decarbonization, developing and implementing a plan to reduce the carbon footprint of products, and achieving the planned reduction in subsequent years.

CEMEX has long been implementing measures to significantly reduce carbon emissions. There is a steady increase in the number of products in our portfolio, created with sustainable construction in mind. As an organization aware of the environmental challenges facing the construction industry, we want to support initiatives that set ambitious decarbonization goals, hence our support for the vision presented in the PLGBC report

- says Michal Grys, Director of the Materials Division, Member of the Management Board at CEMEX Poland.

The path presented in the report to achieve decarbonization of Poland's building stock and construction sector is undoubtedly very ambitious. However, without such bold visions, it is impossible to achieve climate neutrality. Secondarily, ambitious visions must translate into ambitious strategies, because only decisive, intensified and long-term action will allow the goals of the Paris Agreement and the European Green Deal to be fulfilled. We hope that this report will become the pivot of any action we need to take

- emphasizes Alicja Kuczera, Managing Director of PLGBC.

The report is available at the link: Report - the decarbonization of construction

CEMEX: Future in Action strategy

Around the world, CEMEX is committed to mitigating climate change. CEMEX is globally pursuing its Future in Action strategy, under which the company declares, among other things, a 40% reduction inCO2 emissions from its manufacturing operations by 2030 (compared to 1990 emission levels). This year, at the same time, the company declared a 5-year faster achievement of the previously established 35% reduction target, i.e. as early as 2025.

In Europe, CEMEX boasts of achieving a 35% reduction inCO2 emissions as early as 2020, so European plants have adopted a goal of reducing emissions by as much as 55% by 2030, thus referring to the European Union's newCO2 reduction strategy.

In addition, CEMEX has announced that by 2050 it wants to deliver only concrete with a zero carbon footprint to its customers worldwide.

Key to realizing its ambitious goals is the search for and implementation of new low-carbon products, technologies and construction solutions.

This year, CEMEX Poland's product portfolio has been enriched with low-carbon concretes and Vertua® cement, among others. The planned further development of the Vertua® product portfolio will make it possible to achieve not only the company's internal climate goals, but also those of customers in the supply chain.

For more information, visit the company's CEMEX Polska Sp. z o.o. page on the A&B portal.

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