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Focus on alternative fuels in the cement industry

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The co-processing of alternative fuels in the European cement industry has the potential to reduce CO2 emissions equivalent to that of 10 million cars - approximately the number of cars on the road in Spain – and save more than 5 million tonnes of non renewable fossil fuels. These are just two messages that were highlighted by CEMBUREAU during the Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW).  EUSEW forms part of the Sustainable Energy Europe (SEE), a European campaign designed to raise awareness and change the landscape of energy, of which CEMBUREAU is a Campaign Associate. “CEMBUREAU welcomes the recognition afforded to the co-processing of alternative fuels as a form of sustainable energy,” said Dr Jean-Marie Chandelle, Chief Executive of CEMBUREAU. “Co-processing in the cement industry is an optimum way of recovering energy and material from waste.”

CEMBUREAU organised several events with the aim of highlighting the benefits of co-processing: a conference, a cement plant visit (ENCI - HeidelbergCement – Maastricht), and a cocktail. The Association also took this opportunity to launch its latest publication entitled ‘Sustainable cement production: Co-processing of alternative fuels and raw materials in the cement industry’.