Irish Cement is changing the mix to curb fossil fuels and reduce carbon emissions

Heavy industries using intense heat in their manufacturing face the hardest task in trying to decarbonise and wean off large amounts of fossil fuels. Irish Cement has been on that journey for some years but now plans to scale up efforts at their cement-making facilities by changing the fuel mix used in their kilns at Platin, Co Meath, and Mungret on the outskirts of Limerick City. Bord Pleanála granted permission in April for a change of fuel use at both locations, which was opposed by environmental groups – in the latter case, there were over 1,400 objections. The EPA is due to adjudicate on licensing the new arrangements in coming months. Cement manufacturing is a highly competitive business and the proposed developments were essential to ensure the long-term viability of both plants, Irish Cement pointed out repeatedly. Mungret is one of the last cement factories in Europe totally dependent on fossil fuels. Replacing fossil fuels with recyclables in cement factories is standard practice throughout Europe, and is line with EU, national and regional waste management policy, explains Brian Gilmore of Irish Cement in the course of a visit to its Platin facility. In particular, i...