Status and prospects of waste coprocessing in EU cement plants

Published: 18/05/2017

On average, more than 40% of the fuels the EU cement industry uses to supply thermal energy to their production process are derived from waste and biomass. Although the choice for these alternative fuels is typically cost driven, an uptake in the cement industry could contribute to three major ambitions of the European Union: reduce the amount of landfilled waste, abate climate change and strive for a circular economy.

Yet there are large differences in the share of alternative fuels used between the EU member states. Extending research from a previous analysis, Ecofys, a Navigant company, assessed the barriers and opportunities for further uptake of alternative fuels in 14 EU member states. The conclusion is that the barriers differ considerably from country to country. Targeted national policies are needed to drive the uptake of alternative fuels further.

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