- Neste and its partner Western States Oil are supplying renewable diesel to CEMEX’s 25 ready mix plants and 6 rock quarries in California
- Pilot program with Neste to use renewable diesel began in 2018
- 33,000 tons of CO2 reduced per year by using renewable diesel
One of the major challenges facing the building materials industry is figuring out a way to power the really big equipment and vehicles used to produce, transport and recycle with less emissions. In most cases, these equipment and vehicles run on fossil fuels.
In California, one of the world’s biggest building material companies and a sustainability leader is taking action. CEMEX, as part of its global Future in Action program, is expanding its use of renewable diesel to power machinery and vehicles.
Helping CEMEX reduce carbon emissions and reach sustainability goals
CEMEX’s vehicles running on Neste MY Renewable Diesel emit up to 75% less greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions over the life cycle compared to fossil diesel. Since the start of the program, CEMEX USA has prevented more than 33,000 tons of CO2 from entering the atmosphere - roughly the same climate benefit as making more than 7,000 passenger cars zero-emission.
“At CEMEX, we have ambitious goals to reduce our CO2 emissions across our value chain, and alternative fuels are key to helping us reach our sustainability goals,” said CEMEX USA President Jaime Muguiro. “Renewable diesel allows us to make a positive change for the environment almost immediately, contributing to a circular economy by using a product made from waste streams.”
In 2021, CEMEX updated its global sustainability targets, committing to provide net zero CO2 concrete by 2050 with interim goals to reduce CO2 emissions in its cement business by 40% and in concrete by 35% by 2030. The company is also a founding member of the First Movers Coalition, an initiative that unites more than two dozen companies to drive innovation for decarbonization.
A seamless switch that delivers immediate climate actions
Neste MY Renewable Diesel is TOP TIER certified and is suitable for all diesel engines. No modifications to CEMEX’s trucks and machinery were needed to switch to renewable diesel, enabling CEMEX to immediately and directly reduce GHG emissions from its operations in California practically overnight and with no extra cost.
“Our dedicated team and the two warehouses strategically located in the bay area and expansion into Southern California made it possible for us to deliver renewable diesel to customers like CEMEX whenever and wherever they need it,” said Steve Lopes, CEO of Western States Oil Company. “In the past several years, we have been focusing on introducing more renewable fuels to customers to help them stay ahead of the sustainability curve, and we’re standing by to run their diesel powered vehicles and heavy equipment on cleaner burning, lower carbon Neste MY Renewable Diesel.”
CEMEX USA began using renewable diesel, produced by Neste and supplied by Western States Oil, in its ready-mix concrete mixer trucks in the Bay Area in 2018 during a pilot program. In the last few years, the initiative has expanded to include heavy machinery and off-road vehicles at CEMEX USA’s Eliot and Cache Creek quarries along with its aggregates terminal in Redwood City and 14 ready mix plants in Northern California. In Southern California, renewable diesel is being utilized at 11 ready mix plants, three quarries and in heavy equipment at the cement plant in Apple Valley.
Strong performance and convenient fuel delivery
For all the vehicles that run on renewable diesel, CEMEX has also noticed significantly less maintenance needs, including less fuel filter changes and a decrease in diesel particulate filter downtime.
“The strong performance and reduced needs for maintenance brought by Neste MY Renewable Diesel made it a safe and efficient fuel alternative for our day-to-day operations,” said Greg Vinson, Regional Director, CEMEX USA. “Renewable diesel helps us rely less on fossil fuels and keeps our equipment and vehicles moving with less disruptions when we produce building materials and solutions that support sustainable construction.” Now, Western States Oil delivers the low carbon fuel to CEMEX’s job sites in California on a regular basis, enabling CEMEX to sustainably produce high-quality products and innovative solutions that meet society’s growing needs.