Spanish bonemeal

Spanish bonemeal
Published: 06 January 2004

Valencia region, eastern Spain, used 75 per cent of the bonemeal made in the region as a fuel for the cement industry in the region, a representative of the Local Government, Rafael Blasco, said on January 5, 2004.  The use of bonemeal as a fuel is in line with the region's objectives to help the cement industry to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions and to substitute traditional fossil fuels. At the same time burning bonemeal is more environment-friendly than using it as a compost or dumping it. Valencia region is the Spanish region where the highest share of the bonemeal production is burnt, Blasco said.  Another 14 pct are used for pet food, 9.3 per cent are used for compost manufacturing and the rest is dumped. In other regions, 11.6 per cent of the bonemeal are dumped and only 9.4 per cent are burnt in the cement plants.