Sustainable performance in the construction industry
A CEMEX case study

Page 1: Introduction

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Cement was invented in England in 1824 and is a key ingredient in concrete. Every year the average family uses one tonne of cement without even knowing it. No house, school, bridge or road would be built without it. Concrete is the second most consumed substance in the world after water. It is made from aggregate, cement and water and can be mixed on building sites or supplied readymixed from a...
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Page 2: Sectors of industry

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 There are three main sectors of industry.  CEMEX’s business covers all three sectors of industry: Primary – involves extraction, processing and use of raw materials from the earth Secondary - manufacturing finished goods and construction activity Tertiary – providing services to business and consumers, e.g. retail, finance and...
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Page 3: Location of industry

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Industries usually locate in places where they are close to their customers or to raw materials. This allows them to reach their market easily and to keep transport costs low. Examples include coalmines on coalfields or shipbuilding on the coast. It is important that industries locate in the most sustainable locations. This means that industries need to find suitable locations that minimise any...
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Page 4: Sustainable location

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Quarries can only be located where minerals occur. However, the business can make decisions where to locate its secondary activity. For example, a readymixed concrete plant could be close to its raw materials (in a quarry) or close to its markets (in a city). CEMEX’s awareness of how its choice of location has an impact on the local environment is vital to its long-term business...
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Page 5: Benefits and impacts

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CEMEX has identified seven indicators to achieve a balance between its operations and the environment. CEMEX has realised that achieving sustainable performance requires moving the company culture forward. This means it needs to change the way its people and its operations behave. To achieve change requires action in each of the seven areas. Last year, CEMEX UK invested...
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Page 6: Conclusion

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CEMEX provides building materials that are essential for the development, quality of life and creation of sustainable communities. Its work covers the primary, secondary and tertiary sectors of industry. It extracts and processes aggregates, produces cement, readymix concrete, asphalt and concrete products and is involved in the distribution of its products to market. CEMEX takes its...
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