Adbri sets new targets to tackle cement carbon problem

“We started using waste-derived fuel – actually waste that is usually processed on construction sites – and last year 35% of our fuel for our furnace in Birkenhead was waste-derived fuel, and by 2022, we are aiming for 40 percent and by 2024, 50 percent.

Adbri previously said it would stop using coal at its Munster plant in Western Australia, where it produces lime, by 2021, but it pushed back the deadline to 2024.

“We recognize that we made a previous commitment to phase out coal in Munster by 2021, which we have not met,” the company said in its emissions roadmap on Monday.

“As part of our actions to reduce emissions from lime production, we will stop using coal by the end of calendar year 2024.”

Coal use in Munster has declined year on year, accounting for 50% of the planet’s energy mix last year, the company added.

Investors have committed to Adbri as part of the Climate Action 100+ initiative, which is backed by 700 global funds managing $70 trillion in collective assets.

Laura Hillis, representing Climate Action 100+, said investors welcomed Adbri’s new approaches to climate change outlined on Monday.

“The new commitments represent a significant step forward in providing investors with the clarity and commitments they have been asking for while acknowledging the uncertainties on the path to cement and lime decarbonization,” Hillis said.

“Investors will continue to engage with the company to ensure these new commitments are met, to seek further information on the company’s trajectory beyond 2030, and to request additional information. »

Adbri, which employs 1,500 people at 200 sites across Australia, is a major supplier of cement to the construction industry. It also produces industrial lime for mining and resource companies that use it in their chemical mineral extraction processes.

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