Whoever is without blame, let him throw a brick except from his house. What they taught us was that it had to be made of cement and steel to last. This is how rooms and buildings should be in China, the United States and Mexico.
The problem is that the cement, concrete and steel that are usually incorporated in these works require breaking up the soil and mountains to get the raw materials and heating them up by burning whatever is at hand, then everyone goes to get their sack or order your ‘stirrer pot’. ‘ at home.
The operation would not be more important if the United Nations did not come out yesterday to spoil the party. Doing all of that in addition to what everyone else does when squeezing gas or buying disposables, has the highest cost of all.
“Scientists are monitoring changes in the Earth’s climate in all regions and throughout the climate system, according to the latest report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), published today,” its participants warned, scientists who today in Mexico as in America, politicians seem to be and cafeteria philosophers who know everything understated.
On days when everyone else has other information, real data seems irrelevant.
Those who can verify members of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change – part of the United Nations in which Mexico participates – warn that:
“There will be increased heat waves, longer warm seasons and shorter cold seasons. At two degrees Celsius warming, extreme temperatures will often reach critical tolerance thresholds for agriculture.”
Right now, they say, we’ve already exceeded the 1 degree Celsius increase on average, so it seems inevitable that heat is inevitable in the cities. Reaching 1.5 degrees seems imminent and inevitable. The only thing that could be worked out is not getting to the two degrees which would suit a very Mexican.
If you’re old enough to think you’re going out, don’t worry. The problem is for those who are under 30 years old today. For your children, perhaps.
Steel and cement leaders, aware of the seriousness of the matter (and that their companies can “melt” their value if they do nothing), are already touting contingency plans, before the world is upon them, literally in this case.
At Cemex, the responsibility for this work lies with Vicente Saisó.
He states that every kilogram of cement delivered by the company requires 15 percent less emissions than those required in 1990. By 2025, which is around the corner, the reduction should be 35 percent.
Their promise is that with everything they do from now on, by 2050 their concrete should be “net zero,” a term increasingly frequent in financial reports. In other words, it means that what you produce in gases that harm the planet while producing them will be equivalent to the harmful gases you remove from the Earth’s surface and atmosphere.
How will they do that? This particular company, for example, counts the fuel it no longer consumes from Pemex and replaces it in its furnaces with waste that no longer makes it to landfills. Tires and shoes and combustion of almost everything that can be burned replaces the use of natural gas or coke in a third of production.
Next, he tackles ending the fate of the carbon dioxide that combustion generates in any way with investments like the one he made in Carbon Clean, a recently launched company with technology to capture that industrial waste.
In a similar situation is the GCC or Grupo Cementos de Chihuahua, led by Enrique Escalante, another company involved in both Mexico and the United States.
Its goal is also to reach “net zero” in concrete by 2050, and to stop in 2030 with a 22 percent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions.
The issue of sustainability has long left the ground floor offices, to be placed in the center of finances controlled by the CFO on the board. It’s no longer just about trees, it’s about the viability of businesses and individuals.
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