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30 September 2008

CEMEX UK Announces Plans For New Warwickshire Plant To Make Green Fuel From Local Waste 

Building materials solutions company CEMEX has announced plans for a new plant that would receive residual household and commercial waste and transform it into a sustainable green fuel, referred to by CEMEX as Climafuel.

The new plant, which could divert up to 75% of Warwickshire’s future waste from landfill and turn it into a valuable fuel for cement-making could be built at the company’s former works site in Southam or at Malpass Farm adjacent to the current cement plant in Rugby, Warwickshire.

CEMEX has now submitted two applications for a Climafuel plant to Warwickshire County Council, one at Southam (August) and one for Malpass Farm (September). While only one plant would be built, these alternatives which are equally suitable, will give the Council and its citizens the opportunity to decide on the option that best matches local needs and complements the County’s future waste strategy.

The investment, which is estimated to total £35 million, would create 25 full-time jobs, and demonstrates CEMEX’s continued commitment to Rugby, where cement has been produced since 1865.

Provided permission is granted, the Climafuel plant would have the capacity to receive around 300,000 tonnes of local waste per annum, to satisfy approximately 60% of Rugby works’ Climafuel needs. The proposed Climafuel plant production process would take place in fully enclosed buildings and use mechanical biological treatment technology (MBT), which accelerates the work of natural bacteria within the waste, to produce a dry and clean material that burns well.

"Reuse and recycling will always be the first choice, but MBT is a complementary option. It provides a more sustainable solution to the significant and increasing challenge of reducing UK landfill for non recyclable material,” according to CEMEX UK’s sustainability director, Andrew Spencer. Cement-making is energy intensive and involves heating up kilns to at least 1400 degrees.

Increasing the use of alternative fuels made from waste is therefore key to saving fossil fuels for future generations. Alternative fuels are also more economical and have significant environmental benefits, including a marked reduction in emissions of oxides of nitrogen, which in Rugby have reduced by more than 40% since the plant introduced chipped tyres as a fuel in 2005.

Alternative fuels, such as tyres and Climafuel, also contain a proportion of carbon neutral biomass content, thereby reducing the carbon footprint of the cement-making process. The Climafuel produced at the proposed CEMEX plant could contain at least 50% biomass and displace nearly 180,000 tonnes of fossil fuel CO2 in Rugby, the same emissions as 72,000 cars produce in a year.

Provided planning permission is granted, CEMEX plans to enter into an agreement with a specialist waste management company to run the plant, which could be up and running by 2010.

For more information about this project, please visit our exhibition outside CEMEX House in October 23rd (2.00 – 6.00 pm), 24th (2.00 – 6.00 pm) or 25th (10am-2pm). Alternatively, please visit the CEMEX website where a newsletter, non-technical summary or the entire applications may be downloaded, see from 1st October.

Residents’ feedback to the CEMEX proposals are a critical part of the consultation process, and should be emailed to or sent by post to Ian Southcott, Community Affairs Manager, CEMEX UK, CEMEX House, Evreux Way, Rugby, Warwickshire CV21 2DT.


Notes to editors:

CEMEX is a global building solutions company and leading supplier of cement, ready-mixed concrete and aggregates. In the UK, CEMEX also produces asphalt, and has a significant share of the roof tile, concrete-block paving, and concrete block sectors. Additionally, the company is the leading supplier of concrete sleepers to the rail industry and a supplier of PFA cement additives. CEMEX has a national supply network in the UK with over 500 locations, to ensure that quality building materials are available to customers locally. For more information, see, Rugby Works CEMEX’s Rugby Works is one of the most modern cement plants in the world and represents a total investment of £200 million. It has the largest kiln in the UK and has a production capacity of 1.8 million tonnes of cement per annum. CEMEX supports 730 local jobs in Rugby (183 at the works), contributes £25.5 million per annum to the local economy and provides a product that is essential locally and nationally, for housing, hospitals, schools and roads. Every year Rugby produces enough cement for the construction of more than 72,000 houses (assuming that an average house contains approximately 18 tonnes of cement). For more information, please see Climafuel Climafuel is an alternative fuel which is derived from household residual waste and commercial waste. It looks like shredded paper and consists of paper, cardboard, wood, carpet, textiles and plastics that have been through a treatment process. It is a solid, non-hazardous fuel from which recoverable materials have been removed for recycling. Contact for more information and artist’s impression Email: Tel: 01788 517323

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