Cemex Adopts Solar Power Consumption at Clinchfield Cement Plant, Pioneering Sustainable Manufacturing Practices

Staff Report From Georgia CEO

Wednesday, May 15th, 2024

Cemex announced its U.S. operations have entered into an off-site renewable energy agreement for its Clinchfield Cement Plant that will play a role in its company-wide decarbonization efforts.

Through this long-term agreement with Georgia Power, the Clinchfield Cement Plant will secure approximately 25 percent of its power requirements from solar facilities throughout the state beginning in 2025. This agreement supports Cemex's Future in Action program, which focuses on achieving sustainable excellence through climate action, circularity, and natural resource management with the primary objective of becoming a net-zero CO2 company by 2050.

"Embracing solar power not only accelerates our own aggressive sustainability goals but also sets a powerful example for the entire industry," said Ernesto Felix, Cemex US Sr. Vice President, Cement Operations and Technical. "By integrating renewable energy solutions through Georgia Power, Cemex paves the way for a greener, more resilient future for generations to come."

Cemex expects the use of solar generated power at the Clinchfield Cement Plant to offset about 10,000 metric tons of indirect CO2 emissions per year, accelerating Cemex's 2030 Scope 2 goal of reducing indirect electricity GHG emissions in cement operations by 58% from a 2020 baseline. During 2023, Cemex achieved a 12% reduction in its Scope 2 specific emissions compared to a 2020 baseline. Cemex is among the first companies in the cement industry to achieve validation of their 2030 targets across Scopes 1, 2 and 3 and their 2050 net zero CO2 emissions goal by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) aligned to the 1.5°C Scenario.