Progressing towards new standards that will enable us to align ourselves with a low-carbon economy
In our awareness of the carbon footprint left by our activity, we in the cement industry accept our responsibility accomplishing the targets set regarding emission reduction, while at the same time showing ongoing improvement through external audits conducted by accredited bodies.
Spanish cement plants have the best available techniques (BATs) for the prevention and control of pollution in the cement manufacturing process.
Spheres of activity
Our climate change strategy has three spheres of activity:
Contributing to the reduction of society’s global emissions
Through construction solutions that improve energy efficiency in buildings, for example.
Reducing our emissions per tonne of cement
Through industrial performance programmes and R&D&I for developing low-carbon solutions and by using waste as a fuel or as an alternative raw material.
Promoting responsible energy and climate policies
In industry and Public Authorities. There is also a growing interest in reducing effects, by also adapting to the consequences. Concrete is a very resilient material in extreme climate conditions and our product design is optimised to develop concretes capable of withstanding their effects.
Our commitment to reducing emissions
Cement manufacturing plants in Spain are equipped with the BATs to increase their efficiency and are among the most efficient in the world.
In 2015, thanks to the use of biomass, the Spanish cement sector prevented the emission of CO2 equivalent to the average annual emissions of 470,000 automobiles, which amounts to over 2% of the cars in our country.
PERCENTAGE OF REPLACEMENT WITH ALTERNATIVE FUELS
The percentage of replacement with alternative fuels in 2015 was 23.4%, giving rise to a reduction of 11.5% of CO2 in combustion, which means that 705,000 tonnes of CO2 less was released into the atmosphere.
The road map for reducing carbon emissions by 2050
For many years the cement sector has been providing innovative solutions for reducing its negative impact and developing new products for the construction industry that mitigate the effects of climate change.
The roadmap set out by the Spanish cement industry presents a sectoral approach according to which, by applying measures that are essentially conventional, cement’s CO2 footprint could be reduced by 35% when compared to the levels in the 1990s. When drawing it up, the potential of certain reduction axes has been taken into account that could reduce this percentage still further. We are referring to the application of new and emerging technologies such as Carbon Capture & Storage (CCS), which with the backing of specific policies and certain prior technological requirements, would allow for a potential reduction of the carbon footprint by 80% in 2050.