CEMEX has strong presence at COP27

Quarry Products / November 9, 2022
By Guy Woodford
Pictured from left to right: John Kerry, US Office of the Special Presidential Envoy for Climate (Standing); Sumant Sinha, ReNew Chairman and Managing Director, Fernando Gonzalez, CEO of CEMEX; Andrea Fuder, Executive Vice President & Chief Purchasing Officer, Volvo Group; Brad Smith, Microsoft Vice Chair and President; Borge Brende, World Economic Forum’s President (Moderator)

CEMEX CEO Fernando A. González was part of the First Movers Coalition panel at COP27 on Tuesday, November 8, alongside the World Economic Forum’s President, Borge Brende, Microsoft President Brad Smith, ReNew Chairman and Managing Director Sumant Sinha, Volvo Group Chief Purchasing Officer Andrea Fuder, and Special Climate Envoy John Kerry.


CEMEX is a founding member of the First Movers Coalition, a partnership between the World Economic Forum and the US Office of the Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, John Kerry. It is the only buyers club working to scale new technologies across the heavy industry and heavy-duty transport sectors.


As a First Movers Coalition member, CEMEX committed to making 32% of its heavy-duty transport purchases zero emissions by 2030. This commitment aligns with the company’s ambitious goals of reducing transport carbon emissions by 30% by 2030 and becoming Net Zero by 2050, part of its Future in Action program to achieve sustainable excellence and become a net-zero CO2 company.


This commitment is particularly challenging since zero-emission heavy-duty transport is unavailable at scale. At the panel, Fernando A. Gonzalez talked about how collaboration and innovation are at the core of our efforts. CEMEX is already piloting fully electric concrete mixer trucks with partners like Volvo. CEMEX is also investing in transition technologies such as natural gas, replacing 200 diesel trucks with this lower-emission alternative earlier this year.


Additionally, on Thursday, November 10, CEMEX will host the discussion panel Working Together to Decarbonize the Construction Value Chain, where a high-level group of experts will discuss critical levers and innovation strategies for fully decarbonizing the construction value chain.


Moderated by Thomas Guillot, Chief Executive of the Global Cement and Concrete Association (GCCA), the panelists will include Diane Hoskins, Gensler Co-CEO, Fernando A. González, CEMEX CEO, Aniruddha Sharma, Carbon Clean CEO, Hubertus Meinecke, BCG Global ESG & Climate Lead, and Adair Turner, Energy Transitions Commission Chairman.

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