A working meeting of representatives of the cement industry business communities of the Eurasian Economic Union member states was held at the LafargeHolcim RUS cement plant in Ferzikovo, Kaluga Region, coordinated by the Department of the Industrial Commission of the Eurasian Economic Commission. During the meeting, plans for the development of industrial cooperation between the EAEU member states in the cement industry were discussed. The representatives of the business communities paid special attention to the use of alternative fuels and waste disposal technologies at the plants of the Union's cement industry.
Deputy Director of the Department Nikolay Rogozhnik presented for discussion to the participants of the working meeting an analytical review of the commission on the current situation in the Eurasian cement market and a draft comprehensive action plan for the development of the EAEU cement industry.
According to the director of the plant Vladimir Sheiko, last year the plant processed 54 thousand tons of waste, which made it possible to replace natural fuel with alternative by 14.3%. In 2021, the plant has already disposed of 35.8 thousand tons of waste. Now they come to the plant from several suppliers, and, taking into account the upcoming closure of several landfills in the Kaluga region, the volumes of waste delivered will soon increase. The existing line of alternative fuel will be able to process 2 times more waste after modernization, which will lead to an increase in its capacity.
The peculiarity of the technology lies in the complete absence of ash, which directly reacts in the kiln with raw materials and forms clinker - an intermediate product in the production of cement. The ash residue does not need to be buried, it is a waste-free technology. It contributes to the decarbonization of cement production, as waste containing biomass is considered to be emission neutral in the European Union.
All landfills in the country should be closed within the framework of the national project - Ecology, so the problem of safe waste management is especially acute. When implementing investment projects, cement plants throughout the country can utilize up to 13 million tons of sorted waste per year. Legislative incentives are needed to spread the technology and introduce it to other plants in the industry. First of all, the cement industry should become part of the national waste management system.
According to the materials of LafargeHolcim RUS.