CEMEX announced the launch of Regenera, a business that provides circularity solutions, including reception, management, recycling, and coprocessing of waste. Regenera leverages CEMEX’s global footprint and the ability of its production processes to use non-recyclable refuse and industrial byproducts as more sustainable substitutes for fossil fuels and natural raw materials.
Regenera aims to serve a diverse client base which includes industrial, manufacturing, and waste collection companies, NGOs, and governments. Regenera provides sustainable solutions for three major waste streams: municipal and industrial, construction, demolition, and excavation (CDEW), and industrial byproducts. Regenera is present in CEMEX’s four regions: Mexico, the US, Europe the Middle East and Asia, and South-Central America and the Caribbean.
“The building materials industry can be a major contributor to a more circular society, and its role in sustainably disposing of waste and byproducts is key to a greener economy.” said Fernando A. González, CEO of CEMEX. “CEMEX has over 20 years of experience managing and utilizing alternative fuels and raw materials, Regenera is the natural evolution of this experience and an important avenue for revenue generation through sustainable businesses.”
Regenera is actively working on several major projects and partnerships throughout the world:
- In Mexico, Regenera, formerly known as Pro Ambiente, has a long track record of helping public and private partners manage several waste streams, processing almost two million tons per year. Regenera is working with the government of Mexico City on its “Zero Waste Plan”, turning the city’s refuse into fuels, thereby reducing the amount sent to landfills. In Queretero, Regenera processes over 80% of the urban solid waste generated in the city.
- In Colombia, Regenera has signed an agreement to work with Tetrapak, a leading global food processing and packaging solutions company. Regenera will receive and separate multilayer cartons at its facility and returns those that can be reused or recycled to Tetrapak. Additionally, through its recently launched Circularity Center located in Bogotá, Regenera collected over 1.5 million cubic meters of CDEW for the generation of recycled aggregates.
- In France, Regenera operates a multiservice dock located in an industrial harbor in Paris offering a wide range of circular economy services to the construction industry. The company receives a variety of materials, including construction debris, excavated material and inert soil, which it sorts, processes, and transforms into recycled aggregates or organic material used to restore quarries.
- In Egypt, Regenera has signed a three-year agreement with the NGO Very Nile to support waste removal efforts from the Nile River. The recovered non-recyclable materials will be used to substitute fossil fuels at CEMEX’s Assiut cement plant.
Regenera is part of CEMEX’s growing Urbanization Solutions business. Urbanization Solutions have been a highlight of CEMEX’s recent performance. In its third quarter 2022 report, the CEMEX announced double-digit growth in both sales and EBITDA for this business.