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4 CEMENT AMERICAS • Winter 2018 • www.cementamericas.com CEMENTSCOPE resulted against cement companies for related practices in more than 30 countries, including the United King- dom, Germany, Spain, India, Brazil and Argentina. At least five investigations have been carried out against cement companies in Colombia since 1997, stated Superindustria. The Bogotá-based authority levied fines of more than $25 million each to Cementos Argos and Cemex Colom- bia, and a fine of more than $18 mil- lion against Holcim (Colombia). It also imposed fines ranging from around $90,000 to $120,000 against the presidents of the three cement companies in Colombia: Jorge Mario Velásquez Jaramillo of Argos, Carlos Jacks Chavarría of Cemex, and Miguel Ángel Rubalcava Méndez of Holcim. Two other executives of Argos and one other executive of Holcim were hit with fines ranging from around $8,000 to $37,000. Both Holcim and Argos issued state- ments denying any wrongdoing. " T h e c o m p a ny d e l i v e re d t i m e l y and conclusive evidence that these anti-competitive behaviors never existed," said Holcim in a statement. " The company reiterates that it has not engaged in any corporate activity or practice that could be questioned from a legal or ethical point of view." In an interview with Colombian news- paper El Tiempo, Argos President Jorge Mario Velásquez reiterated his companies position that the fines were issued by a governmental body that used improper methods and reached an incorrect conclusion. "We are not defiant – we are respectful of the law and institutions," Velásquez said. "But, at the same time, we are outraged by the injustice of this deci- sion … We will use all the legal tools at our disposal in order to demonstrate our good actions." Cemex Plants Earn Energy Star Certification Cemex USA received recognition from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Energy Star program last month for its commitment to energy efficiency and initiatives that cut energy usage at multiple facilities nationwide. Four of the company's cement plants – Clinchfield (Ga.), Brooksville South (Fla.), Miami and Victorville (Calif.) – earned Energy Star certification for 2017 by ranking in the top 25 percent for energy efficiency when compared to similar U.S. facilities. Since 2007, Cemex USA has earned 49 certifica- tions with Clinchfield reaching the achievement for a record 11 consecu- tive years – the longest period of certi- fication held by U.S. cement plants. "Sustainability is embedded into our strategy," Ignacio Madridejos, Cemex USA's president, said. "We're contin- uously looking for opportunities to reduce our emissions and energy use Cemex USA accepts EPA Energy Star certificates for energy efficiency at the company's Houston headquarters. through improved processes in pro- duction, transportation and continu- ing reliance on alternative fuels." According to the EPA, when compared to similar cement plants in the U.S., the four certified Cemex USA plants con- sumed 3.4 trillion BTUs less energy. "Strong energy performance in a cor- poration starts at the top, and your commitment and support can help CEMEX reach new levels of achieve- ment," the EPA stated in a congratula- tory letter to Cemex. Cemex's commitment to energy man- agement extends to other operations, including nearly 50 ready mix oper- ations and cement terminals. The San Diego and La Mirada terminals reduced energy usage by more than 10 percent in just a year, achieving the Energy Star Challenge for Industry. Further, several ready-mix facilities in Texas have achieved the Challenge, with one cutting energy use by nearly 55 percent. Overall, the Cemex cor- porate average reduction in energy intensity for these operations was more than 20 percent.

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