Holcim Philippines invests on new alternative fuel processing facility to strengthen position in waste management, low carbon fuel

Holcim Philippines is investing Php121.5 million in its Bulacan plant until 2022 to increase its ability to use qualified wastes as alternative fuels and raw materials using co-processing technology.

To strengthen environmental performance and efficiency of operations, leading building solutions provider Holcim Philippines, Inc. will invest Php121.5 million until 2022 on improving waste management unit Geocycle’s ability to drive use of alternative fuels and raw materials in cement production at its Bulacan plant. 

Holcim Philippines will invest to raise the efficiency of shredding operations to convert qualified waste materials to alternative fuels, install new equipment, and improve storage and feeding facilities at its cement plant in Norzagaray, Bulacan. These will enable its Geocycle unit to support the company’s Bulacan plant in using more qualified post-consumer and municipal solid wastes as alternative fuels instead of coal. 

Holcim Philippines President and CEO John Stull: “Over the years, our Geocycle unit has enabled us to help communities and business partners all over the country manage their wastes in a sustainable manner as we produce essential building materials on a more cost- efficient and environment-friendly manner. This investment ensures we can continue being a reliable partner in the country’s sustainable development, while also meeting our objectives of making our operations more efficient and respectful of nature.” 

The use of alternative fuels and raw materials in producing cement is a key focus of Holcim Philippines to lower the carbon footprint and consumption of non-renewable resources in its operations. This is aligned with the goals of the global building materials leader LafargeHolcim Group to further make operations sustainable. 

Holcim  Philippines  is  one  of  the  pioneers  in  using  qualified  wastes  such  as  non-recyclable plastics  and  biomass  as  alternative  fuels  in  cement  manufacturing  through  co-processing technology  since  2003.  In  co-processing,  qualified  waste  materials  are  pre-processed  as alternative  fuel  and  fed  into  the  high-temperature  kilns  along  with  other  traditional fuels to produce cement. This process transforms wastes to alternative fuel and converts these into energy for cement production. The technology is recognized globally and is approved by the Philippine authorities due to its proven advantages in environmental and safety performance. 

In 2020, Holcim Philippines co-processed close to 130,000 tons of qualified wastes from local governments, industry partners and agricultural processors in its plants in Luzon and Mindanao led by its Geocycle unit. Geocycle has been ISO certified since 2010 and was recertified last year  for  ISO  9001  (Quality  Management  System),  ISO  14001  (Environment  Management System) and OHSAS 18001 (Safety) by third-party certification body Certification International Philippines. 

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