Cemex turning to renewable natural gas in Southern California

By |  May 30, 2024
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Cemex signed an agreement with a fuel provider to power 39 of its ready-mixed concrete and cement bulk trucks in Southern California with renewable natural gas (RNG).

The collaboration with Clean Energy represents the latest addition to Cemex’s lower-carbon-fuels portfolio in California. Cemex describes RNG as a “negative carbon-intensity transportation fuel that substantially lowers greenhouse gas emissions by an average of 300 percent versus diesel.”

Cemex’s fleet will utilize Clean Energy’s public station network in Southern California to fuel with RNG, with a forecast calling for the company to consume about 300,000 gallons of RNG each year.

“By utilizing Clean Energy’s renewable energy resources, we accelerate our aggressive sustainability goals, inspire innovation, foster resilience and build a legacy of responsible stewardship for generations to come,” says Francisco Rivera, Cemex US’s regional president for the West.

Along with a new fueling deal, Clean Energy will commission a private fueling station exclusively for Cemex’s RNG fleet. The new station, located in Rialto, California, will include time-fill dispensers and a dedicated fast-fill dispenser for refueling.

Cemex expects the private fueling station project to be ready by the end of this year, with trucks fueling on-site shortly thereafter. Clean Energy will supply RNG to the private station, as well as operate and maintain the site.

“Cemex is not only a world-class leader in the building material space, but also one of the most advanced in how they are thinking about our sustainable future,” says Chad Lindholm, senior vice president at Clean Energy. “This expanded RNG truck fleet will help to decarbonize their overall operations, as well as mitigate emissions associated with idling trucks on-site.

By transitioning part of its fleet to RNG, Cemex projects to reduce its fleet emissions by about 8,822 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent per year. This is equal to taking 1,981 gasoline-powered passenger vehicles off the road for one year, according to Cemex.

“As leaders in the building materials industry, we recognize the pivotal role we play in building a more sustainable future,” Rivera says. “Embracing renewable fuels isn’t just an option; it’s an imperative. What Cemex provides is essential to building communities throughout California and the country.”

According to Cemex, Clean Energy currently has a network of more than 600 fueling stations around North America.

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Kevin Yanik is editor-in-chief of Pit & Quarry. He can be reached at 216-706-3724 or kyanik@northcoastmedia.net.

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