Throughout 2012, the Bath plant demonstrated full compliance with federal, provincial, and local regulations while engaging in several projects designed to minimize the facility's impact on the environment. During 2012 the plant applied for and received a first-of-its-kind environmental permit from the Ontario Ministry of the Environment for a three-year demonstration pilot to test wide variety of fuels such as railway ties, shingles, construction wood, and non-recyclable beverage containers. In 2012, the Bath facility was one of only four industrial sites - and the only cement plant - to participate in the Council of Great Lakes Industry's water footprinting study. This study is an important step in the development of tools that can be used to present an accurate and representative picture of water usage by an industrial site. In addition to a successful Legacy Landfill Management groundwater re-direction project, the Bath facility has engaged in several other environmental performance enhancement activities such comprehensive recycling programs where general use recycled cement content has increased by nearly 60 percent since 2010.
CEMEX USA Brooksville South, Brooksville, Fla.
In March 2012, CEMEX Inc. selected its Brooksville South cement plant as the pilot quarry for a Biodiversity Action Plan study that subsequently paired the facility with the local Hernando Audubon Chapter. Together they documented the tremendous variety of bird species that populate the 10,000 acre site. This collaboration established a baseline survey for birds, evaluated a bird species conservation across CEMEX sites, and improved the potential for increasing biodiversity in the region. The Brooksville South quarry received Wildlife at Work recertification by the Wildlife Habitat Council for creating, conserving, and restoring habitat. In addition, in 2012 plant received Wildlife Habitat certification from the National Wildlife Federation.
CEMEX USA, Balcones, New Braunfels, Texas
In June 2012, CEMEX received a patent for its tire injection mechanism. The implementation allowed the Balcones cement plant to consume tire-derived fuel, significantly offsetting the plant's use of traditional fuels like coal and pet coke. Through increases in tire-derived fuel usage, the facility reduces greenhouse gas emissions, thus minimizing its environmental footprint.
CEMEX USA, Victorville, Calif.
In 2012, CEMEX USA commissioned its first wind turbines in collaboration with Foundation Wind power. This project led to the construction of four wind turbines at CEMEX Victorville that will generate a total of 6.2 megawatts of wind energy for the facility while advancing CEMEX's sustainability goals through a reduction of carbon fuels. Construction of the turbines has helped the plant reduce its CO2 footprint by 5,953 tons of emissions. In 2012, the facility received the EPA's prestigious ENERGY STAR® certification in recognition of the Victorville team's outstanding energy management leadership.
History of the Awards
The awards program was created in 2000 by the Portland Cement Association as part of its environment and energy strategic plan for the U.S. cement industry. The awards honor activities conducted during the previous calendar year, and the program is open to any cement manufacturing plant in North America. Judges for the 2013 awards Program included representatives from U.S. EPA-ENERGY STAR, Wildlife Habitat Council, U.S. Geological Survey, World Wildlife Fund, and Cement Americas.
Based in Washington, D.C., with offices in Skokie, Ill., the Portland Cement Association represents cement companies in the United States and Canada. It conducts market development, engineering, research, education, and public affairs programs. More information on PCA programs is available at www.cement.org.