Leading building solutions provider Holcim Philippines, Inc. and waste management unit Geocycle inaugurated on September 30 new storage and processing facilities at its Bulacan plant. This further strengthens its position as the industry frontrunner in using alternative fuels and raw materials in cement production.
The company completed a new 5,400-square meter-warehouse to house its shredding equipment. This converts qualified post-consumer and municipal solid wastes to alternative fuels. The warehouse also keeps the processed materials dry and suitable for feeding at its cement kiln.
“This initiative is part of our bigger commitment to make our operations more sustainable. These facilities will further reduce our carbon footprint and energy costs while providing our partners a safe and environmentally-sound waste management option through our co-processing technology. We are excited to continue these projects to help us get closer to our long-term ambition of using 70% alternative fuels in cement production instead of coal.”Horia Adrian, Holcim Philippines President and CEO
The project is part of Holcim Philippines’ Php121.5 million investment at its Bulacan plant to reduce carbon footprint. It will also improve the circularity of operations or the reuse of materials to lessen the consumption of natural resources.
Waste Management Services
Also in September, Geocycle agreed to provide waste management services to the Municipality of Boac, Marinduque. This will be done by using its qualified sorted municipal wastes as an alternative fuel and raw materials in its Bulacan plant. Boac is the 12th municipality that Holcim Philippines and Geocycle is providing waste management support through co-processing. The company has added eight Luzon municipalities and another from Mindanao as waste management partners this year from three in 2020.
“We are happy to see more local governments partnering with us as they recognize the benefits of co-processing in waste management. With our new facilities, we look to further expand our network of partners and help them in managing their wastes sustainably.”Albert Leoveras, Vice President of Geocycle
Alternative Fuels and Raw Materials
The use of alternative fuels and raw materials in producing cement is a key focus of Holcim Philippines. This also aims to lower the carbon footprint and consumption of non-renewable resources in its operations. The goals of the global building materials leader Holcim Group are to further make operations sustainable.
Holcim Philippines is a pioneer in using qualified wastes such as non-recyclable plastics and biomass as alternative fuels in cement manufacturing through co-processing technology since 2003. Qualified waste materials are pre-processed for conversion into alternative fuel and raw materials suitable for co-processing in cement kilns. During co-processing, the mineral value inherent in the waste is recycled, while the energy value is recovered. The technology is recognized globally. The Philippine authorities approve this 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. Geocycle has been ISO certified since 2010. It 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.
About Holcim Philippines
Holcim Philippines, Inc. (Philippine Stock Exchange: HLCM) is one of the leading building solution companies in the country. The Company has a deep portfolio of innovative solutions. It is fostered by a full range of products from structuring to finishing applications. This can help local builders execute with high performance and efficiency a wide range of projects from massive infrastructure to simple home repairs.
Holcim Philippines is a reliable partner of builders in the country. In fact, they have cement manufacturing facilities in La Union, Bulacan, Batangas, Misamis Oriental, and Davao. They also have aggregates and dry mix business and technical support facilities for building solutions.
Holcim Philippines is a member of the Holcim Group. It is the world leader in the building materials industry present in 80 countries with over 75,000 employees.
Holcim builds progress for people and the planet. As a global leader in innovative and sustainable building solutions, Holcim is enabling greener cities, smarter infrastructure, and improving living standards around the world. With sustainability at the core of its strategy, Holcim is becoming a net-zero company, with its people and communities at the heart of its success. The company is driving the circular economy as a world leader in recycling to build more with less. Holcim is the company behind some of the world’s most trusted brands in the building sector. This includes ACC, Aggregate Industries, Ambuja Cement, Disensa, Firestone Building Products, Geocycle, Holcim, and Lafarge. Holcim is 70,000 people around the world who are passionate about building progress for people and the planet. They have four business segments: Cement, Ready-Mix Concrete, Aggregates, and Solutions & Products.
More information is available on www.holcim.com