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LafargeHolcim expands RDF use

LafargeHolcim’s long-term vision is to fully phase out the use of fossil energy at the Port-la-Nouvelle cement works.
LafargeHolcim's Port-la-Nouvelle works
11.10.2019 − 

The construction materials group LafargeHolcim has officially opened new facilities expanding the use of refuse-derived fuels (RDF) at a site in France. The new line will enable the Port-la-Nouvelle cement works to use up to 35,000 tonnes of shredded waste a year as fuel, providing a recovery option to waste management companies mainly in the local area. According to the cement producer, the non-hazardous wastes used in the new facility are not recyclable and originate from municipal, industrial and commercial sources.

LafargeHolcim’s long-term vision is to fully phase out the use of fossil energy at the Port-la-Nouvelle cement works. Last year, the substitution rate was more than 60 per cent, according to the company. The new facility is to raise it to more than 90 per cent.

Overall, the group plans to invest CHF160m (ca. €145m) in Europe into advanced equipment as well as technologies to increase the use of low-carbon fuels and recycled materials in its processes and products, according to an announcement published in September. LafargeHolcim said it would work on more than 80 projects across 19 European countries over the next three years.

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