Alternative fuels

Ireland now has a considerable opportunity to benefit from the use of locally prepared alternative fuels in the cement industry.

Watch our video on how waste is replacing fossil fuels in the cement industry here.

Currently CMI members use approximately 220,000 tonnes of Solid Recovered Fuel (SRF) produced here in Ireland. The SRF is used in our cement kilns instead of imported fossil fuel. SRF is a mixture of shredded paper, card, plastics and textiles made from non-recyclable residual waste. The SRF is made off site to an agreed specification and delivered to the cement factories, and off-loaded into sealed storage systems.

Over the coming years with expected increases in alternative fuel production from Ireland’s waste management sector, the cement industry in Ireland will continue to reduce its dependence on imported fossil fuel. This switch in fuels greatly assists with Ireland's 'diversion of waste from landfill' targets and represents a significant improvement in the energy security for the cement industry.

The use of alternative fuels by Ireland's cement industry delivers a broad range of sustainability benefits:
  • Direct CO2 reductions because the alternative fuels are less carbon intensive than fossil fuels
  • Indirect CO2 reductions due to diversion of waste from landfill
  • Reducing dependence on imported fossil fuels by using locally prepared alternative fuels
  • Procurement of fuels at home encourages investments in sustainable waste management practices
  • Additional investments in alternative waste treatment facilities are not required
  • Helps secure local employment