*80m tonnes of local waste for alternative energy
By Franklin Ocheneyi
“Lafarge is taking significant steps to reduce its CO2 emissions by 40 percent per ton of cement through the use of alternative fuels such as palm kernel shaft and wood waste in Nigeria. We will use 80 million tonnes of waste derived from palm kernel shafts and wood waste per year.”
This statement was made by the Group Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Michel Puchercos, Lafarge Africa Plc, during the launch of the company’s 2030 Sustainability Plan, tagged “Building for Tomorrow.” Read more: 2016 Lafarge Africa Sustainability Report
Because of clinker, cement’s main ingredient requires to be heated to a very high temperature (1 450°C), cement production is associated with high level of CO2 emissions.
Puchercos disclosed that in 2016, Lafarge started to focus on energy consumption by increasing the use of alternative fuel such as palm kernel shells and wood waste.
“The model so far has created employment and business opportunities for the local community stakeholders,” he said.
Also speaking, Folashade Ambrose-Medebem, Director of Communications/Public Affairs & Sustainable Development of Lafarge Africa, added: “At Ewekoro in Ogun State; almost half of the energy generated in one of the kilns comes from palm kernel shaft and shells sourced from host communities.
According to her, the 2030 Plan is supportive of the UN Sustainable Development Goals and consists of four pillars: Climate, Circular Economy, Water & Nature, People and Communities.
“Each target comes with a set of quantitative targets such as reducing emissions, deriving energy from waste and developing initiatives that will impact 75 million people across the world. At Lafarge, sustainability is a core value and business strategy; it is part of what we do wherever we operate. Some of the world’s biggest challenges like urbanization, housing and climate change are visible in Nigeria,” she said.