Building materials solutions company, CEMEX UK, has been granted permission by the Environment Agency, which regulates the cement industry, to trial a waste-derived fuel, Climafuel, to replace up to 30 per cent of the coal used to fuel the cement kiln at Rugby Works in Warwickshire.
The permission has been granted following extensive consultation with a wide range of organisations, community groups and the people of Rugby, which began in June 2006.
Climafuel is an alternative fuel which is derived from household and commercial waste and could, therefore, substantially reduce what currently has to be sent to landfill. 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. In accordance with the permit, Climafuel will be used together with tyres, which was the first alternative fuel introduced in Rugby.
This would allow the plant to replace about 45 per cent of fuels with alternative, thereby significantly improving CEMEX's sustainability performance. The company is already using Climafuel at its plants in Barrington in Cambridgeshire and South Ferriby in North Lincolnshire, and is looking to introduce it in Rugby in the new year.
Notes to editors:
CEMEX UK 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 www.cemex.co.uk, www.cemex.com.
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 www.cemex.co.uk/communities.