Alternative Raw Materials and Fuels
Many waste materials and by-products from other industries serve as valuable raw materials for HeidelbergCement: We use these resources as alternatives to natural raw materials and fossil fuels in the production of cement, and to support the Circular Economy. At the same time, these efforts help reduce our CO2 emissions.
We use these resources as alternatives to finite fossil fuels in the production of cement. In this way, we are helping to conserve resources and solve the problems associated with waste disposal faced by municipalities and industrial companies near our plants. At the same time, these efforts are also reducing our CO2 emissions, because the biomass that accounts for around 39 % of the alternative fuel mix is classified as climate neutral. This win-win option has forced us to set ourselves a target of achieving a thermal substitution rate of 15% by 2030, thereby contributing toward lower dependance on fossil fuels.