CEMEX Presents “Water Project” to Standardize Its Operations´ Water Management

  CEMEX Presents “Water Project” to Standardize Its Operations´ Water
  Management

  *CEMEX-IUCN partnership developed a methodology to measure and minimize
    CEMEX’s water footprint and increase its water efficiency

Business Wire

MONTERREY, Mexico -- January 10, 2013

CEMEX, S.A.B. de C.V. (“CEMEX”) (NYSE: CX) announced today that it has
developed a methodology to standardize water measurement and management across
all of the company’s operations. Starting this year, this methodology will be
rolled out to all of the businesses in the countries in which CEMEX operates
in order to minimize the company’s water footprint and increase its water
efficiency.

This “Water Project” is the result of a three-year partnership between CEMEX
and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) on the
improvement and efficiency of water management in the cement, ready-mix
concrete, and aggregates sectors of the building materials industry.

The roll out of this methodology will start in 2013, and will focus initially
on measuring the company’s water footprint, and secondly on defining actions
to increase its water efficiency and reduce its water usage. This three-year
partnership has so far leveraged important findings from data collection to
minimize CEMEX’s water footprint and increase efficiency.

As water-stressed regions are predicted to expand and increase, so does the
level of risk faced by businesses that rely on water. Water is an important
natural asset for the production of cement, ready-mix concrete, and aggregates
at CEMEX sites around the world. Accordingly, sharing available water
resources equitably among all stakeholders — including ecosystems — and
reducing risk for business operators are key components of the CEMEX-IUCN
partnership.

“Sustainability is embedded in CEMEX’s business strategy and day-to-day
operations. Under existing climate change scenarios, it is predicted that
almost half of the world’s population will live in areas of high water stress
by 2030. Therefore, it is our responsibility to ensure that efficient water
management plays an important role in our business. As CEMEX strives to
minimize its environmental footprint, partnering with IUCN helps our company
to reduce risk, be good stewards of the environment, and ensure we provide the
greatest value for our stakeholders,” said Luis Farias, CEMEX’s Senior Vice
President of Energy and Sustainability.

“Water is a resource for which there is no substitute. Without adequate
supplies of water, not only do businesses face serious risks, but also do
public water providers and ecosystems. In partnering with IUCN, CEMEX is
working to achieve improved water management across its operations, maintain
access to sustainable sources of water, and reduce risks associated with water
for the company,” said Dr. James Dalton, IUCN Water Program Coordinator,
Global Initiatives.

The CEMEX-IUCN “Water Project” was presented to members of the European
Commission in Brussels, Belgium, on December 12, 2012. During the one-day
conference, CEMEX and IUCN shared lessons learned and ways forward towards
improved sustainability of water resources.

The event was hosted by the Spanish Permanent Representation to the European
Union, numerous members of the European Commission, key environmental NGOs,
trade associations, environmental think tanks, ambassadors from several
nations, and other important stakeholders. Key participants included Dr. Mark
Smith, Director, IUCN Global Water Program, Dr. James Dalton, Coordinator
Global Water Initiatives, IUCN Global Water Program, and Benedikt Jodocy, VP
Legal & Sustainability, CEMEX Germany.

About CEMEX

CEMEX is a global building materials company that provides high-quality
products and reliable services to customers and communities in more than 50
countries. CEMEX has a rich history of improving the well-being of those it
serves through innovative building solutions, efficiency advancements and
efforts to promote a sustainable future.

For more information, please visit: www.cemex.com

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About IUCN

IUCN helps the world find pragmatic solutions to our most pressing environment
and development challenges. IUCN works on biodiversity, ecosystem services,
climate change, energy, human livelihoods and greening the world economy by
supporting scientific research, managing field projects all over the world,
and bringing governments, NGOs, the UN and companies together to develop
policy, laws and best practice. For more information, please visit:
www.iucn.org/water; www.waterandnature.org.

This press release contains forward-looking statements and information that
are necessarily subject to risks, uncertainties and assumptions. Many factors
could cause the actual results, performance or achievements of CEMEX to be
materially different from those expressed or implied in this release,
including, among others, changes in general economic, political, governmental
and business conditions globally and in the countries in which CEMEX does
business, changes in interest rates, changes in inflation rates, changes in
exchange rates, the level of construction generally, changes in cement demand
and prices, changes in raw material and energy prices, weather conditions,
changes in business strategy and various other factors. Should one or more of
these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions
prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those described
herein. CEMEX assumes no obligation to update or correct the information
contained in this press release.

Contact:

CEMEX, S.A.B. de C.V.
Media Relations
Jorge Pérez, +52 (81) 8888-4334
mr@cemex.com
or
Investor Relations
Eduardo Rendón, +52 (81) 8888-4256
ir@cemex.com
or
Analyst Relations
Luis Garza, +52 (81) 8888-4136
ir@cemex.com
 
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