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03 January 2019

CEMEX UK to use 100% renewable electricity in 2019

First publishedon www.AggBusiness.com
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CEMEX UK's Rugby plant, one of more than 150 of the company's UK sites that will use 100% renewable energy

Building materials supplier CEMEX will be provided with 100% renewable electricity at more than 150 of its UK sites.

A renewed partnership with energy supplier ENGIE means that, going forward, all of the electricity supplied to the sites will be from 100% renewable energy sources such as wind energy.

ENGIE has been providing electricity to over 150 CEMEX UK sites for more than 10 years, and also supplying gas to 33 of these sites. The current contract is to be extended for a further 12 months.

Renewable energy sources produce zero carbon emissions, and CEMEX UK says this makes a significant contribution to reducing its carbon footprint. ENGIE’s renewable electricity supply is underpinned by Renewable Energy Guarantees of Origin (REGOs).

In the 2017/2018 financial year, renewable energy made up 34% of ENGIE’s fuel supply mix, compared to 29% nationally.

Martin Hills, head of energy and carbon at CEMEX in the UK, commented: “Cement manufacture is inherently energy-intensive and we work hard to minimise energy consumption within the process constraints. The switch to electricity from renewable sources is playing a key role in our carbon reduction strategy.”

CEMEX says it is also utilising ENGIE’s demand side services, such as load management to avoid peak tariffs and rapid frequency response, which generates extra revenue for CEMEX UK. ENGIE also manages all contractual requirements with National Grid on CEMEX UK’s behalf.

Nicola Lovett, divisional CEO of business energy & services at ENGIE, said: “Our 10-year partnership with CEMEX UK has delivered major cost and environmental benefits, while also generating additional revenue for the company. Our ability to provide 100% renewable electricity represents another important step forward in addressing CEMEX UK’s sustainability commitments.”

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