Cement Americas

SUM 2019

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4 CEMENT AMERICAS • Summer 2019 • www.cementamericas.com CEMENTSCOPE March were, in descending order, Texas, California, Mis- souri, Florida and Alabama. The leading cement-consuming states (Texas, California, Florida, Georgia and North Carolina) received 46% of the March shipments. Masonry cement shipments totaled 199,000 metric tons (t) in March 2019, a decrease of 4.0% from those in March 2018. Shipments for the year through March totaled 552,000 t, a slight increase from those for the same period in 2018. The leading masonry cement-consuming states in March 2019 were, in descending order, Florida, Texas, Cal- ifornia, North Carolina and Georgia; these states received 59% of the March shipments. Clinker production, excluding Puerto Rico, totaled 5.8 Mt in March 2019, essentially unchanged from the output in March 2018. Production for the year through March totaled 15.7 Mt, an increase of 2.7% from the output for the same period in 2018. The leading clinker-producing states in March 2019 were, in descending order, Texas, California, Missouri, Florida and Pennsylvania; these states accounted for 52% of March production. Cemex Prioritizes Five Sustainable Development Goals Cemex, S.A.B. de C.V. announced that it is strengthening its commitment to the United Nations' (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by prioritizing five that are directly connected with the company's business strategy. This will represent a better opportunity for Cemex to con- tribute to the UN 2030 Agenda. dŚĞƉƌŝŽƌŝƚLJŐŽĂůƐĂƌĞĨŽĐƵƐĞĚŽŶ Promotion of decent employment and economic growth; Innovation and infrastructure development; Climate change mitigation; Environmental and ecosystem conservation; and Advancement of sustainable cities and communities. In 2018, 26% of the company's cement operations' power supply came from renewable energy, contributing direct- ly to four out of five of the priority SDGs. In 2019, Cemex expects to continue embedding the UN SDGs into the busi- ness processes to create systemic change, increase engage- ment, promote a sense of purpose, and raise awareness among its stakeholders. "Consistent with our commitment to the UN SDGs, we con- tinue to contribute to these global goals and develop busi- ness opportunities for our company by creating shared value for society," said Fernando A. González, CEO of Cemex. "We invite the private sector to join this commitment and gener- ate inclusive prosperity and sustainable development." Vallejo Marine Terminal, the development partner for a proposed Orcem Americas cement plant in in Vallejo, Calif., recently withdrew its appeal of a 2017 rejection by the city's planning commission. According to City Manager Greg Nyhoff, VMT's withdrawal "effectively terminates the proposed project" as the company owned the site on which Orcem wanted to build the plant. Orcem, a subsidiary of Dublin-based Ecocem Materials Ltd., planned to build a facility that would produce 2,200 tpd of "green cement" or ground granulated blast-furnace slag. According to the producer, the cement has many advantag- es over traditional portland cement, including using 90% less energy to produce; up to 80% reduction in emission of air pollutants such as nitrogen and sulfur oxides; and a near njĞƌŽKЇĂŶĚŵĞƌĐƵƌLJĞŵŝƐƐŝŽŶƐ The project advanced through the planning process rel- atively quietly until October 2015 when hundreds of res- idents packed hearings on a draft environmental study. Critics said the project would be an "environmental night- mare." Proponents said it would create jobs and bring eco- nomic vitality to Vallejo. Fast-forward to March 2017, and the city's planning commission rejected the project citing concerns about the its environmental impact on the neigh- borhood, increased traffic and that it was inconsistent with the city's waterfront development policy. Orcem and VMT appealed the decision on the grounds that the planning commission relied on "subjective and arbi- trary judgments" in reaching its conclusion. While review- ing the appeal in June 2017, a majority of the then-council directed City Hall staff to complete the impact report. How- ever, it wasn't until March of this year that the city released sĂůůĞũŽDĂƌŝŶĞdĞƌŵŝŶĂůƌŽƉƐĞŵĞŶƚWůĂŶƚƉƉĞĂů A 2014 rendering of the proposed Vallejo cement plant.

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