Waste heat for energy
As part of its strategy to lower its CO2 emissions, Lafarge is improving its energy efficiency as well as using a higher level of alternative fuels and renewable energy. In the Philippines, the company is implementing a Waste Heat Recovery (WHR) system project at the Teresa plant of its associate Republic Cement Corporation has been fully operational since 2011. Lafarge Philippines shows us around.
With the cement industry as one of the world’s most energy-intensive industries, Lafarge has developed and is implementing a comprehensive strategy to reduce its environmental footprint. The Group recently renewed its environmental goal and now aims to reduce CO2 emissions per tonne of cement by 33 per cent come 2020. To achieve this, the company has endeavoured to focus more on increasing energy efficiency in manufacturing, using more renewable energy and increasing the use of alternative fuels and less carbon-intensive cementitious materials.
Lafarge has put forward this challenge to its global network of around 125 cement plants, encouraging each to come up with initiatives to contribute to the Group’s environmental and sustainability efforts.
One groundbreaking project that has garnered awards and has been registered with the United Nations as a Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) activity is the Waste Heat Recovery (WHR) system project by the Teresa Plant of Republic Cement Corporation.