Alternative fuels have an important role to play in the future of the UK cement industry. They also have environmental advantages over traditional fossil fuels and greatly reduce the volume of waste going to landfill.


Cement-making demands a lot of energy and has impacts on the environment. Faced with the spiralling cost of traditional fossil fuels like coal and petcoke, and determined to continually drive its environmental standards ever higher, the industry has turned increasingly to waste-derived alternative fuels.

The range of alternative fuels used by the industry in the UK includes household waste, scrap tyres, liquid wastes, paper and plastics, meat and bone meal and sewage sludge pellets. At CEMEX UK, our focus is on the first three. Using them as a part replacement saves fossil fuels for the future and avoids landfill. Crucially, it also cuts carbon dioxide emissions and improves overall environmental performance.

Cement kilns operate at temperatures at which steel would melt. That, combined with the length of time fuels spend in the kiln, means that the process releases their energy while completely and safely consuming them.

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