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SUEZ and CEMEX: Launch of New Facility Which Turns Waste into High-Specification Fuel

The new facility will supply the CEMEX Rugby Cement Plant with a sustainable alternative to fossil fuels for the next 25 years


Jean-Marc Boursier, Senior Executive Vice President of SUEZ in charge of the Recycling and Waste Recovery division for Europe; Fernando A. Gonzalez, Chief Executive Officer of CEMEX, along with Richard Dodd, Mayor of Rugby, officially opened the new Rugby Solid Recovered Fuel (SRF) facility on Friday September 18th, which will supply the CEMEX Rugby Cement Plant with sustainable fuel for the next 25 years.

The SRF facility, owned and operated by international recycling and waste management company SUEZ, will supply the UK’s largest cement kiln - located in Rugby- with a direct replacement for fossil fuel, manufactured using nothing but regionally-sourced rubbish from across Warwickshire, Northamptonshire and the wider Midlands Area. 

The fuel, known as Climafuel®, replaces traditional coal as an energy supply and SUEZ will supply CEMEX with a total of up to 240,000 tonnes of the fuel every year to help meet the significant energy needs of the CEMEX plant and improve its environmental performance. The Rugby Solid Recovered Fuel Facility will produce up to 200,000 tonnes annually for the CEMEX Rugby Cement Plant, with the balance of around 40,000 tonnes produced from SUEZ’s SRF plant in Landor Street in nearby Birmingham.

The Rugby Solid Recovered Fuel Facility was built as part of a 25-year contract between SUEZ and CEMEX, signed in 2012 and understood to be the first of its kind with this duration in the UK outside of the PFI mechanism.  

Through the partnership between the two companies, SUEZ leased land opposite the kiln from CEMEX in 2013, and construction of the £18m fuel facility began in 2014. The commissioning of the process equipment took place earlier this year. 

The SRF facility can process up to 300,000 tonnes of residual waste each year and around 70 per cent of the input material comes from businesses in the region, while the remaining 30 per cent is household waste, much of it originating from Northamptonshire County Council. 

The majority of this waste would otherwise be destined for landfill but the SRF manufacturing process enables SUEZ to extract recyclable materials, such as plastics, card and metals, which any other way would be too contaminated to viably recycle. 

Jean-Marc Boursier, Senior Executive Vice President of SUEZ in charge of the Recycling and Waste Recovery division for Europe, said: 

“We are very pleased to officially open the Rugby Solid Recovered Fuel Facility and formally mark the start of this long term partnership between SUEZ and CEMEX. At present, SUEZ is investing considerably in infrastructure to produce sustainable industrial fuels in the United Kingdom. With the 240,000 tonnes of SRF produced by this site, the Group now supplies 1.1 million tonnes of SRF worldwide. This solution gives us the ability to extract recyclable materials that would otherwise have been lost, and provides CEMEX with a sustainable, long-term alternative to fossil fuel. This inauguration is a symbol of our commitment to the production of renewable energy fuels. Our customers can use the SRF to further develop energy reuse. The use of this energy offers numerous advantages, because it is renewable, transportable, abundant and economically attractive. This partnership is an excellent example of circular economics and local re-valorisation circuits, a key part of COP 21.”

Fernando A. Gonzalez, Chief Executive Officer of CEMEX, said:

“This long term partnership with SUEZ in the UK reinforces one of the main drivers of our strategy: ensuring that sustainability is fully embedded in every aspect of our business. 
In our global cement operations in 2014, we had reduced our specific net CO2 emissions by around 23% compared to our 1990 baseline, mainly thanks to the continuous implementation of alternative fuel use in our plants. More than 90% of our active cement plants consume alternative fuels, with 9 of them having surpassed a 50% alternative fuel rate and 5 exceeding 65% last year.

We remain committed to setting ambitious targets to keep CEMEX moving toward a sustainable future.”

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Contacts                                                                                                              
Ben Johnson, SUEZ PR Manager, 01628 513288 or email ben.johnson@sita.co.uk 
James Rossiter/ Imogen Gardam 0203 195 3240 (James on 18 September 07985117887) or sitauk@morganrossiter.com

Ian Southcott, CEMEX Community Affairs Manager: 01788 51732 or: ian.southcott@cemex.com

Notes to editors

Key facts:

  • The facility can produce up to 200,000 tonnes of SRF a year.
  • The cost of building the facility was approximately £18m.
  • It can process up to 300,000 tonnes of feedstock a year (the difference between feedstock and SRF production is created by the other off-take products i.e., recyclable metals, residual fractions etc.)
  • The facility employs 55 people over two shifts.
  • There will be approximately 12,500 delivers in and 8,500 deliveries out of the facility every year. 
  • The calorific value of Climafuel SRF is between 17-21 MJ/kg.
  • A tonne and a half of SRF will produce the same energy as a tonne of less sustainable coal.
  • At full capacity, the cement plant can consume up to 40 tonnes of SRF every hour

Climafuel® is the registered trademark of the specification of solid recovered fuel supplied to CEMEX only. Solid recovered fuel (SRF) is the generic name for the type of fuel. 

About SUEZ 

We are at the dawn of the resource revolution. In a world facing rapid demographic growth, urbanisation and a shortage of natural resources, securing, optimising and renewing resources is essential to our future. 
SUEZ (Paris: SEV, Brussels: SEVB) supplies drinking water to 92 million people; delivers wastewater treatment services to 65 million; collects waste produced by almost 50 million; recovers 14 million tons of waste each year and produces 5,138 GWh of sustainable energy. 

With 80,990 employees and a presence on all five continents, SUEZ is a key player in the circular economy and the sustainable management of resources. SUEZ generated total revenues of €14.3 billion in 2014.

About CEMEX 

CEMEX is a global building materials company that provides high-quality products and 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.

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