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En Cementos Argos, hemos entendido la necesidad de actuar de manera decidida y efectiva para contribuir a la mitigación de los impactos del cambio climático. Es por ello, que nuestro accionar en materia climática es parte relevante de nuestro marco estratégico de compañía.

Marco Estratégico

En Argos gestionamos la sostenibilidad a partir de un marco estratégico que incluye nuestra estrategia de sostenibilidad, el análisis de materialidad, el sistema integral de riesgos, y las metas y planes de trabajo.

 

Con respecto al cambio climático y sus efectos, contamos con una estrategia de cambio climático que define el marco de actuación de compañía, lineamientos y metas para contribuir a su mitigación y adaptación.

Estrategia de Cambio Climático

En Argos asumimos el cambio climático como un desafío, pero también como una oportunidad única para nuestras operaciones y cadena de valor; por eso, nos hemos comprometido a mitigar las emisiones directas e indirectas de CO₂, generar las capacidades necesarias para la adaptación y avanzar en la investigación y desarrollo de tecnologías de captura de carbono, y la compensación de emisiones, de la mano de nuestro grupo empresarial.

Gobernanza

Las principales actividades de la Junta Directiva de Argos es la toma de decisiones encaminadas al cumplimiento de los objetivos estratégicos y el seguimiento de las acciones que se toman para lograrlos.

 

El cambio climático es un tema prioritario para Argos, y por ello la Junta supervisa la estrategia y sus planes de implementación a fin de lograr las metas y compromisos planteados.

 

A través de sus tres comités la Junta alinea el diseño, ejecución y control de todas las acciones para contribuir a la mitigación del cambio climático.

Nuestro actuar

En Argos, la oportunidad de aportar a la mitigación del cambio climático la hemos llevado más allá de la reducción de emisiones de CO₂ de nuestros procesos productivos, y por eso nos enfocamos cada vez más en el ciclo de vida de nuestros productos y soluciones para así habilitar una construcción más sostenible y eficiente.

Queremos ser un actor relevante en el proceso de transición del sector de la construcción hacia una economía baja en carbono, por ello es relevante para nosotros trabajar en los siguientes ejes:

Productos y
soluciones verdes

Economía circular

Descarbonización de nuestras operaciones

Innovación
aplicada y alianzas

Promoción de una
economía verde

producir Concreto
Carbono Neutro
a 2050

En Argos nos mueve el hacer posible la construcción de sueños de vivienda e infraestructura que habiliten una sociedad más sostenible, próspera e inclusiva. Es por ello, que hemos entendido la necesidad, como compañía, de actuar de forma decidida y relevante frente al reto más relevante que hoy enfrentamos como humanidad, el cambio climático y sus consecuencias.

El concreto “no sólo el material de construcción más usado, sino el segundo material más usado en el mundo después del agua” por sus propiedades únicas, como productores entendemos el llamado a contribuir a la mitigación de los efectos del cambio climático mediante la reducción de emisiones de CO₂ en nuestros procesos productivos y el desarrollo de nuevos y mejores productos y soluciones.

Nuestro compromiso
en números

Compromisos en la reducción de emisiones de CO₂

Comparado contra nuestro año de línea base 2006

Cemento

0 %
Menos CO₂ por tonelada de material cementante a 2030

Concreto

0 %
Ofrecer concreto carbono neutro a 2050

Nuestro camino
hacia concreto carbono neutro

Nuestro avance
en 2023

0 %

Reducción de emisiones de CO₂ con respecto al 2006, año base

0 %
Sustitución
combustibles
alternativos
0 %
Factor
Clinker
cemento
0 %

De material cementante suplementario en concreto

Adhesiones e iniciativas

En coherencia con los retos que nos plantea el cambio climático y los impactos que tiene en nuestras operaciones y cadena de valor, en el 2022 obtuvimos la validación de nuestras metas de reducción de emisiones de CO₂, directas e indirectas por compra de energía eléctrica, al año 2030 por parte de la Iniciativa de Objetivos Basados en la Ciencia (SBTi por sus siglas en inglés)

Documentos relevantes

Descarbonizando
nuestras
operaciones

Somos conscientes del impacto que nuestros procesos productivos generan. Por ello hemos diseñado un camino para descarbonizar nuestras operaciones y así contribuir a la mitigación del cambio climático.

Hacemos parte del grupo de compañías cuyas metas de mitigación de emisiones ha sido validada científicamente por SBTi.

Reduciremos en un 21 % las emisiones de CO₂ por toneladas de material cementante de alcance 1 y 2 del conjunto de nuestros negocios a 2030, con respecto a los niveles de 2021.

Nuestras emisiones de CO₂

Emisiones directas

Emisiones generadas de las operaciones productivas, el 94 % se generan en el negocio de cemento

Emisiones indirectas – Compra de energía

Emisiones generadas de la compra y consumo de energía eléctrica en las operaciones

Otras emisiones indirectas

Resto de emisiones indirectas generadas en la cadena de valor de Argos

Ruta técnica para reducir
nuestras emisiones

Reducción emisiones directas de CO Cemento

Las siguientes son nuestras palancas para la reducción de emisiones.

Combustibles
Alternativos

Uso de residuos para sustituir
combustibles fósiles

Reducción de clinker en cemento

El clinker genera el 98 % de las
emisiones del cemento

Eficiencia
térmica

Reducción de la intensidad
energética del proceso

Combustibles con menos carbono reducen emisiones

Combustibles con menos
carbono reducen emisiones

descarbonización del proceso

Reducción emisiones indirectas de CO₂ Cemento

Eficiencia
eléctrica

Transformación tecnológica
para reducir el consumo.

Activos de generación
renovable

Desarrollo de proyectos de
generación renovable.

Proveedores de matriz
renovable

Contratos de compra a
proveedores carbono neutro.

descarbonización del proceso

Atmospheric emissions

We are committed to reducing our emissions through actions that achieve more efficient processes and the implementation of abatement measures, contributing to good air quality in the places where we operate.  Our cement-, concrete- and aggregate-production processes generate punctual and scattered particulate matter (PM) emissions, as well as emissions of sulfur oxides (SO2) and nitrogen oxides (NOx) in the clinkering furnaces of the cement plants.

  • For society:  To contribute to mitigating the impact on air quality in the areas where we operate, acting responsibly and promoting relationships of trust with our Stakeholders.

 

  • For the company:  To develop more efficient processes that allow us to reduce our atmospheric emissions and contribute to responsible production, complying with local regulations in the countries where we operate and – in some cases – going beyond compliance with said regulations, contributing to the profitability of the business and preparing to face future challenges.

The “Emissions” pillar of our Environmental Strategy focuses on: Working on the adequate measurement, control and reduction of SO2, NOx and particulate-material (PM) emissions generated by our production processes in the cement business and on the prevention and mitigation of our dispersed emissions of particulate material (dust), originated mainly by the activities of transportation, transfer, unloading and storage of materials in the cement, concrete and aggregate processes. The foregoing, through operational control, optimization and renewal of emission-control systems to achieve continuous improvement.

Industry positioning

We position ourselves as strategic allies for the development of the territories where we are present, directly and through the empowerment of our value chain.  We do it through the construction of housing and sustainable infrastructure that enables the closing of socioeconomic gaps, the generation of employment, the improvement of the quality of life and the reduction of the impacts generated.

  • For society:  To sustainably respond to the growing demand for housing and infrastructure of the world population with the aim of improving people's quality of life, interconnecting regions and developing innovative solutions. 

 

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    For the company:  To be strategic allies of the actors in our value chain in order to maintain the Company's leadership in the market, ensure its competitiveness over time and increase the generation of sustainable value.

We are committed to the role we have as a Company in the achievement of the 2030 Agenda goals, the consolidation of territorial development plans where we operate, and the economic reactivation of the countries affected by the pandemic. Therefore, we focus our efforts in the development of sustainable housing and infrastructure projects that contribute to closing socioeconomic gaps, generating employment under safe conditions, environmental protection, and investment in improving people’s health systems and quality of life. 

Our work unfolds in three large lines:

 

Cities for everyone:

 

With nearly 54% of the world  population living in urban areas, the pandemic made inequality of those who live in the cities of the world

manifest. Nearly 90% of the COVID-19 cases are concentrated in the urban

centers that have, among others, challenges associated with access to basic services and decent housing conditions. For this reason, we work together with our value chain to develop projects that benefit the lessfavored population, facilitate access to housing, and promote development in

the areas of influence.

 

Interconnected cities

 

The need to connect urban areas with rural areas to expand the coverage

of basic services, such as health, has been a priority of developing countries

since before the pandemic. Therefore, during 2020, we continued working on creating innovative solutions that allow us to be present in the large projects of the countries and territories where we are present.

 

Intelligent cities

 

In recent years, the acuteness of the effects of climate change became the

risk of greatest impact to the world. Therefore, in the global stage, a need

has grown to transition to a low-carbon economy, an opportunity that becomes more relevant amid post-pandemic recovery scenarios and the effort we are making as a Company to generate new business models that respond to environmental and social challenges. For this reason, our Climate-Change Strategy includes actions aimed at mitigating the impacts associated with our productive processes, adapting our operating model and innovating from the identification of optimization opportunities.

Supplier management

Supplier management is a fundamental pillar of our Supply Chain Strategy; it seeks to build and strengthen relationships with strategic allies who have the ability to contribute to the Company in terms of efficiency, productivity, customer service and innovation.  For this reason, we carefully select our suppliers, transfer knowledge to promote their development, promote good practices and recognize those who are an example of sustainable, innovative, safe and responsible management.

  • For society:  To develop our suppliers, promote transparent practices and responsible conduct, to improve the productivity and competitiveness of our society and support the construction of a better future.

 

  • For the company:  To seek to add value throughout the Company's supply chain, from the purchase of goods and services to the delivery of products to clients.  Through the mitigation of risks and potentiation of opportunities, the implementation of good contracting practices and service excellence, we create relationships of trust and turn suppliers into business allies.

Our management is divided into five stages:

  1. Identification: We determine the goods and services required for our operation and the category to which they belong, according to our Category Tree. This groups our suppliers into macro-categories which – in turn – are subdivided into two more specific levels.
  2. Pre-Selection: We validate the suitability of suppliers through due diligence and review aspects of sustainability and financial health to ensure long-term relationships.
  3. Negotiation: We select suppliers with high standards, considering technical, economic, sustainability and service aspects.
  4. Retention and evaluation: We carry out knowledge-transfer processes with those suppliers with growth potential.
    • We characterize our suppliers as critical suppliers or with potential risk in sustainability.
    • We measure the management of critical suppliers through performance evaluations in terms of quality, service, occupational health and safety, having constant feedback and identifying key factors for their development.
    • We apply the Sustainability Index to suppliers with potential sustainability risks, to identify challenges, opportunities, and to develop joint action plans in environmental, economic, social and Human-Rights matters.
    • We implement additional controls and development plans to suppliers belonging to categories where the greatest potential risks have been identified. This is how, for example, we develop road-safety strategies for our logistics suppliers; with mining suppliers, we carry out a more rigorous pre-selection process, and with contractors, we have special controls on occupational health and safety.
    • We have a Transparency Line for Stakeholders to report possible improper actions and to implement the pertinent corrective actions. 
  5. Recognition:  Every two years, through Growing Together (Creciendo Juntos), we recognize the suppliers that have shown outstanding performance in innovation, sustainability, health and safety and development and comprehensiveness.

 

Additionally, we have:

 

Contracting manual: transparent action framework that guides the negotiation and contracting of our suppliers to allow the process to be agile, make use of best practices and carry out adequate risk management.

 

Code of conduct for suppliers: in which we define the principles and behaviors that we expect from our allies in terms of respect for human rights, protection of workers, environmental management, business ethics and responsible business practices.

Ethics and compliance

We are convinced that ethics and integrity are fundamental and non-negotiable; that is why we live by these principles, integrating them into our operations, processes, and strategy, thus generating value responsibly for our business, our Stakeholders, and for society.  Through the Global Governance and Compliance Program, our ethics and business conduct system, we seek to promote that our actions are consistent with the pillars of corporate culture and integrity as the guiding principle of our business activity.

  • For society:  To promote transparent, competitive, and sustainable business environments that strengthen trust and ethics in business, generating positive impacts for the market and society.

 

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    For the company:  To promote that our actions are consistent with the pillars of culture and that integrity is the inspiring principle of all members of the Organization.  This is how we consolidate ourselves as a competitive, reliable company in the eyes of investors and other Stakeholders.

We have voluntarily adopted a self-regulatory framework that confirms our commitment to business ethics as a way to promote transparent practices that contribute to the development of competitive environments. This framework* incorporates mandatory principles of ethics and conduct:

 

 

For the proper implementation and application of these guidelines, the strengthening of the ethical culture, the prevention and control of incorrect actions, our Board of Directors approved the Global Governance and Compliance Program (GGCP, in Spanish). The program structure incorporates international best practices to evaluate compliance programs, such as ISO 37001, ISO 19600 and the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) guidelines. The program has the following scope:

 

 

Likewise, it systematically groups together the activities carried out to promote integrity in the Company's actions, its employees, and members

of the value chain, which allow the updating and permanent strengthening

of the program. Operating Scheme:

 

Efficiency and productivity

We materialize our Corporate Strategy through actions aimed at the efficient use of resources, the improvement of our financial flexibility and the maximization of income generation and business profitability.  We focus on the application of efficient, safe production processes and circular economy models, on the diversification of energy management models and on the efficient management of the supply chain.

  • For society:  To provide solutions and products that meet the needs of our clients through the responsible, appropriate use of resources and the incorporation of raw materials and alternative energy sources.

 

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    For the company:  To guarantee business sustainability, optimize working capital and capital investments, reduce costs and the level of indebtedness, and mitigate risks regarding the availability of resources necessary for our operation and the emergence of new business realities, environmental requirements and new regulations.

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