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Promising start to carbon-reduction trial

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Austrian cement producer, w&p Zement, has announced initial results from a two-year trial of low-carbon fuels at the Wietersdorf cement plant. The results – which cover a period between November 2017 and March 2018 – suggest a reduction in carbon emissions of 6000 tpy could be possible.

The trial focuses on increasing the use of alternative fuels with a higher biogenic content, such as wood, paper, and cardboard waste that cannot be recycled. These replace the use of carbon-rich fuels, such as coal.

Importantly, the trial also showed no impact on the product quality had occurred from the switch in fuels. Over the initial trial period, the use of alternative fuels was increased by 7% compared to the previous year.

“We are all challenged to take action to continuously reduce CO2 emissions,” said Lutz Weber, w&p Zement Managing Director. “With our trial operation, we will gain extensive contribution to the low-emissions of cement.”

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