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Solid Recovered Fuel facility opened at Cemex Rugby Cement plant

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On 18 September the new Rugby Solid Recovered Fuel (SRF) facility was opened at the Cemex Rugby Cement Plant, which will supply the plant with sustainable fuel for the next 25 years.

The SRF facility is owned and operated by international recycling and waste management company Suez, and will supply the UK’s largest kiln with up to 240 000 tpy of the direct replacement for fossil fuel using rubbish that has been sourced from across Warwickshire, Northamptonshire and the wider Midlands Area. The majority of this waste would otherwise be destined for landfill. The fuel is known as Climafuel and replaces traditional coal as an energy supply. The SRF facility will produce up to 200 000 tpy for the cement plant, with the remaining 40 000 t produced from Suez’s SRF plant in Landor Street, near Birmingham.

The Rugby SRF facility was built as part of a 25-year contract between Suez and Cemex, signed in 2012, and is understood to be the first of its kind with this duration in the UK outside of the PFI mechanism. Through the partnership, Suez leased land opposite the kiln from Cemex in 2013 and construction of the £18 million fuel facility began in 2014. The commissioning of the process equipment took place earlier this year.

Jean-Marc Boursier, Senior Executive Vice President of Suez in charge of the Recycling and Waste Recovery division for Europe, said:“We are very pleased to officially open the Rugby Solid Recovered Fuel Facility and formally mark the start of this long-term partnership between Suez and Cemex. At present, Suez is investing considerably in infrastructure to produce sustainable industrial fuels in the United Kingdom. With the 240 000 t of SRF produced by this site, the Group now supplies 1.1 million t of SRF worldwide. This solution gives us the ability to extract recyclable materials that would otherwise have been lost, and provides Cemex with a sustainable, long-term alternative to fossil fuel. This inauguration is a symbol of our commitment to the production of renewable energy fuels. Our customers can use the SRF to further develop energy reuse. The use of this energy offers numerous advantages because it is renewable, transportable, abundant and economically attractive. This partnership is an excellent example of circular economics and local re-valorisation circuits, a key part of COP 21.”

Fernando A. Gonzalez, Chief Executive Officer of Cemex, said:“This long term partnership with Suez in the UK reinforces one of the main drivers of our strategy: ensuring that sustainability is fully embedded in every aspect of our business.In our global cement operations in 2014, we had reduced our specific net CO2 emissions by around 23% compared to our 1990 baseline, mainly thanks to the continuous implementation of alternative fuel use in our plants. More than 90% of our active cement plants consume alternative fuels, with nine of them having surpassed a 50% alternative fuel rate and five exceeding 65% last year.

We remain committed to setting ambitious targets to keep Cemex moving toward a sustainable future.”

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