A Peak District cement works has begun a trial using Meat and Bone Meal (MBM) to reduce its consumption of fossil fuels.
The six-month experiment at Lafarge Cement UK’s Hope Works involves adding "carbon neutral" MBM to the fuel mix, in place of some of the established fuels, ground coal and petcoke, that feed the 2000°C flame in one of the site’s two kilns.
"The MBM trial is part of an exciting, three-year development programme for Hope which involves investment of some £30 million," said works manager Ashley Bryan.
"We are confident that using the fuel will help in our work towards sustainability, making use of a waste material and reducing our consumption of fossil fuels.
"This will ensure the works stays competitive, helping secure the 200-plus workforce."
MBM is a fibrous material made from fallen farm stock, waste meat and meat products, which had been prepared for sale in butchers and supermarkets.
During the trial, comprehensive information on the plant’s environmental performance will be collected. Monitoring of main emissions will continue as normal.