Building materials supplier Cemex has signed the Pallet Loop Charter, as part of its Future In Action programme. This pioneers ways to increase the use of waste and residues as alternative raw materials and fuels. CEMEX is committed to Net Zero CO2 by 2050. By 2030, CEMEX aims to make a 40% CO2 reduction.
The Pallet LOOP challenges unsustainable supply chain practices by allowing manufacturers to pay a deposit to use Pallet LOOP’s highly durable distinctive green branded pallets, which are 100% FSC-certified. As LOOP pallets move through the supply chain, a deposit passes from manufacturer to merchant to end user. Once used, stacked and stored, the scheme operator collects the pallets and returns deposits, before repairing pallets as necessary and recirculating them.
Graeme Barton, National Sales Manager, Packed Cement, CEMEX says: “Annually, around 18 million pallets are estimated to be used in the UK construction sector, but only 10% are reused. The Pallet LOOP presents us with a solution that is better for business and better for the planet. We will have a far greater impact if we are all pulling in the same direction. We need the whole supply chain onside, because clearly the smallest change in process can have the biggest impact over time.
“Additionally, The Pallet LOOP philosophy underpins CEMEX’s Future In Action strategy, which focuses us on our critical 2050 decarbonisation targets by making changes that can be implemented right here and now, today. We are committed to working towards a circular economy and proud to be part of the collective that has signed The Pallet LOOP charter.”
Paul Lewis, Founder of The Pallet LOOP, says: “To galvanise support for The Pallet LOOP, we created a charter for construction industry players to sign to make clear their commitment to considering a more sustainable solution for the movement of building materials. By signing The Pallet LOOP charter, our signatories have acknowledged, individually and collectively, that now is the time for change. Discussions are now moving forward apace across the industry and The Pallet LOOP is targeting early 2023 for the roll out of our green pallets throughout the building materials supply chain.”