Cemex rail commitment saves 100,000 road journeys


The commitment by building materials producer CEMEX to sustainable transport methods has seen it transport 2 million tonnes of aggregates across the UK by rail this year.

This offers considerable benefits to the environment; saving over 100,000 road movements and 12,500 tonnes of CO2 compared to using trucks.

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Additionally, CEMEX UK was able to reach this milestone tonnage a full week ahead of its 2019 record in spite of the challenges posed by the Coronavirus pandemic and its impact on the market.

The 2 million tonnage was completed over 1200 journeys, the majority of which saw aggregates taken from CEMEX’s Dove Holes Quarry in Buxton, Derbyshire, to locations across the UK.

David Hart, CEMEX’s Supply Chain Director for UK & France, said: “Improving the sustainability of its business is one of CEMEX’s key global priorities, and the supply chain plays an integral role in this.

“Investing over £600,000 into our rail network this year has enabled us to increase efficiency across our operations and in turn grow the amount of transportation that can be delivered by rail, presenting considerable benefits to both the environment and our customers.

“This achievement would not have been possible without the commitment and dedication of our teams. Despite the many challenges posed by the Coronavirus pandemic, our rail depots have all remained open throughout the year and we want to take this opportunity to thank our employees, who are a key part of the business’s success.”

About Fiona Russell-Horne

Group Managing Editor across the BMJ portfolio.

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