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CEMEX cement plant sets alternative fuels record


May 18th, 2009
CEMEX cement plant sets alternative fuels record

18th May 2009:  South Ferriby Cement Plant in North Lincolnshire, which is owned by building materials company CEMEX, last month replaced over 74% of the fuel used to heat its cement kiln with fuels made from wastes. This is a new record for the plant, and could also be a new record in the UK, where the cement industry average is 19.4%*.


Further good news is that emissions, such as oxides of nitrogen and sulphur, have declined by 20% and 43% respectively since alternative fuels were introduced in 2002.

Cement-making is energy intensive and involves heating up kilns to at least 1400 degrees Celsius. Increasing the use of alternative fuels made from waste is therefore key to saving fossil fuels for future generations.

The alternative fuels used at South Ferriby are Secondary Liquid Fuels (SLF); made from industrial liquid wastes that cannot be recycled, such as paint, thinners, inks and varnishes, and Climafuel®; which is made from household residual and commercial waste that would otherwise go to landfill.

The Climafuel used at South Ferriby is sourced from local suppliers such as Transwaste, as well as from MidUK Recycling, Orchid Environmental and Wastecycle. In the past three months, more than 9,000 tonnes of waste that would otherwise be landfilled have been used to make cement in South Ferriby. Based on the biomass content in alternative fuels, the plant has so far this year also saved the equivalent to the carbon dioxide emissions that 3,300 cars produce in a year.

Plant director, Philip Baynes-Clarke, explained: “The use of alternative fuels at South Ferriby is one of our key focuses, and is improving the sustainability of our operation. This record is an important milestone for the plant and recognises the efforts of the team to continually seek to increase performance levels.”

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  1. More information and additional photographs:
    For photographs and further information contact Elizabeth Young, tel: 01932 583214 email: Elizabeth.young@cemex.com
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  3. CEMEX
    CEMEX is a global building solutions company and leading supplier of cement, ready-mixed concrete and aggregates. In the UK, CEMEX also has a significant share of the asphalt, concrete block and mortar markets. The company has a national supply network in the UK with over 500 locations, to ensure that quality building materials is available to customers locally. For more information, see www.CEMEX.co.uk or www.CEMEX.com
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  5. South Ferriby Plant
    South Ferriby plant has a nearly 80 year long history of providing cement. The works produces in the region of 800,000 tonnes of cement per annum (enough for more than 44,000 houses). It provides direct employment for nearly 100 people, supporting many more jobs indirectly.

* According to the British Cement Association’s BCA Performance Report, the 2007 level of replacement of fossil fuels among member companies reached 19.4%.

** South Ferriby has a permit to use up to 45% Climafuel on a permanent basis, and has been granted permission to use up to 60% Climafuel on a trial basis.

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