Leading the way in its sector and providing much needed information for the building industry, CEMEX UK building materials provider has introduced a new CO2 labelling system on its bagged cement, externally assured by DNV Business Assurance, a world leading certification body.
CEMEX UK is the first cement company in the world to carbon label its products*, with the new label highlighting the amount of CO2 per 25kg bag of cement.
DNV Business Assurance has been selected by CEMEX globally to give independent third party verification and certification to the carbon footprint calculations undertaken by the CEMEX businesses in each country in which it has operations.
CEMEX UK is the first CEMEX country to use DNV Business Assurance. Andy Spencer Sustainability Director comments “The new CO2 footprint on our packed cements is an indication of our ongoing transparency and information provision to customers and consumers, whose awareness and curiosity regarding the footprint of products is increasing.
“For many construction companies, as awareness of our carbon footprint increases, quantification is becoming a ‘must’ for their stakeholders. CEMEX UK is helping to provide a solution by giving an accurate quantification to the building materials element.
“Using DNV to externally assure to PAS2050, a recognised method for assessing the life cycle greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of goods and services, adds vital credibility and consistency to our published figures.”
Jahn Henry Løvaas, DNV Business Assurance UK General Manager, comments: “DNV are finding that stakeholders are increasingly calling for the measurement and independent verification of carbon footprints. In this respect, CEMEX UK’s labelling of bagged cement represents a substantial and tangible commitment”.
The carbon footprint information gives data which is used in the CEMEX Carbon Footprint tool, a data modelling tool for calculating embodied carbon for the supply of building materials.
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- *In 2010 CEMEX UK was the first cement company in the world to provide certified carbon labels for its cement highlighting the company’s commitment to reducing the footprint of its cement. The carbon footprint is the amount of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases (CO2e) generated by the cement from cradle to grave, including the extraction of the raw materials, to manufacturing, distribution, use by customers and disposal at the end of life.
- CEMEX is a global building solutions company and leading supplier of cement, ready-mixed concrete and aggregates. In the UK, CEMEX also produces asphalt, and has a significant share of the concrete-block paving, and concrete block sectors. Additionally, the company is the leading supplier of concrete sleepers to the rail industry and a supplier of PFA cement additives. CEMEX has a national supply network in the UK with over 360 locations, to ensure that quality building materials are available to customers locally. For more information, see www.CEMEX.co.uk, www.CEMEX.com
- DNV Business Assurance is a world leading certification body. They work with their customers to assure the performance of their products, processes and organisations through certification, verification, assessment and training services. Their services help customers build stakeholder trust and create a platform for sustainable business performance. They provide a global footprint with 1600 employees working to ensure their customers’ continued success locally and in an ever-changing global environment. As part of DNV, an independent foundation established in 1864, they belong to a network of 10 000 employees working from 300 offices around the world. For more information, see www.dnvba.co.uk, www.dnvba.com