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Market opportunities for use of alternative fuels in cement plants across the EU

With the European Commission (EC) calling for case studies to highlight technically feasible options and improve the potential of Waste-to-Energy operations in the EU. One of these options is co-processing of waste in the cement industry. Co-processing is the simultaneous recovery of energy and the recycling of mineral resources when alternative fuels are used to replace primary fossil fuels in cement/clinker kilns. Ahead of the EC publishing a Communication on Waste-to-Energy later in 2016.  CEMBUREAU, the representative association for the cement industry in Europe, argues that the benefits of co-processing are not widely understood. Therefore, coprocessing is not always considered as a viable option in the design of policies and it might not be covered adequately in the EC Communication on Waste-to-Energy.  This study was performed for the purpose of increasing the understanding of co-processing waste in cement plants as an waste-to-energy options. The intention was not to provide recommendations for authorities and other stakeholders but to account for the differences between EU member states through three case studies from Greece, Poland and Germany. The report focuses on the overall potential, the benefits, barriers and drivers of co-processing waste in cement plants.  READ MORE / DOWNLOAD PUBLICATION

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