Jun 6, 2014 - The Mexican unit of Swiss building materials group Holcim Ltd (VTX:HOLN) will use biomass as fuel in its cement making process to partly replace fossil fuel, such as petroleum coke, the company said yesterday.
The programme will start in August at Holcim's factory in Orizaba city, Veracruz state, where its subsidiary Ecoltec has installed a system to obtain biomass, using residual heat from the cement furnaces.
The company will use coffee bagasse and biomass from the paper and beer industries, spokesman Gustavo Gastelum said.
Apart from limiting fossil fuel consumption, the project will reduce methane gas emission from organic waste.
Since 1990, Holcim Mexico has cut its net carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 19%.
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