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CEMEX block factory, first to achieve Green Dragon

29th April 2010: CEMEX UK is the first national building products company to achieve the Green Dragon Environmental Standard, for the environmental management systems incorporated at its block works factory at Newport, South Wales. Green Dragon recognises effective environmental management and is a new environmental standard available to companies in Wales.

The Newport Block factory manufactures a range of over 30 products including bricks and blocks in a variety of colours and strengths and has achieved Level Two of this prestigious award. The award, which is becoming increasingly important in Wales, is similar to ISO 14001 which the factory achieved in 2009.

The award focuses on reducing energy usage, improving the efficiency of operations and complying with environmental legislation. Level Two also requires a register of legal requirements associated with production, emergency preparedness and maintenance of environmental records.

Measures that have been introduced at Newport to produce a more sustainable product include harvesting the rain water, curing all the blocks naturally, the use of 10% of aggregates in its dense blocks come from recycled sources, saving valuable virgin aggregates and 100% of the lightweight aggregate is PFA (pulverised fuel ash), a by-product from the power industry.

"The Green Dragon award highlights our environmental credentials to our employees, customers and stakeholders. Accountability is increasingly part of our licence to operate, and sustainable and responsible business practices are vital for our built environment," comments Miranda Clegg, South Wales Regional Environment Manager.

"Newport manufactures enough blocks every year to construct approximately 3,000 average-sized houses. The award and the measures put in place offers our customers such as builders merchants, and our customers' customers reassurance about the sustainable production of our blocks," Miranda concludes.

The Green Dragon award is becoming increasingly important in Wales, demonstrated by the calibre of the organisations that have also achieved it including the National Assembly for Wales, South Wales Fire and Rescue and the National Trust Wales.


Notes to Editors:

  • CEMEX Newport block plant started production of bricks in 1920s and started manufacturing blocks in 1970s. CEMEX took over the plant in 2004 and today employs 9 people.
  • CEMEX is a global building materials company that provides high-quality products and reliable service to customers and communities in more than 50 countries throughout the world
  • In the UK, as well as ready mixed concrete, cement and aggregates, CEMEX also produces asphalt, and has a significant share of the roof tile, rail sleepers, concrete-block paving, and concrete-block segments. CEMEX has a national supply network in the UK to ensure that quality building materials are available to customers locally. For more information, see or
  • Green Dragon is a stepped Standard recognising effective environmental management. The Standard offers an environmental management system relevant to the specific needs of companies and organisations and rewards actions taken to achieve environmental improvements. For further information see
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