Today's works is one of the most modern plants in the world and
represents a total investment of £200 million. It has the largest kiln
in the UK and a production capacity of 1.8 million tonnes of cement per
cement plant in Rugby provides direct employment for many people,
supporting vast number of jobs indirectly. CEMEX contributes £25.5
million per annum to the local economy in Rugby and provides a product
that is essential locally and nationally, for housing, hospitals,
schools and roads. Every year Rugby works produces enough cement for the
construction of more than 72,000 houses (assuming that an average house
contains approximately 18 tonnes of cement).
Increasing the use
of waste derived fuels as part-replacement for fossil fuels to heat
cement kilns is key to improving environmental performance. In 2007
CEMEX was granted a permit by the cement industry regulator, the
Environment Agency, to use tyres as part-replacement for coal to fuel
the cement kiln in Rugby. Data show a marked reduction in certain
emissions from the chimney when tyres are in use. Most notably, oxides
of nitrogen which affect air quality, have decreased by 40%.
2007, CEMEX was also grated permission to trial an additional waste
derived fuel, Climafuel® in Rugby. Climafuel®, which is made from
household residual and commercial waste, could substantially reduce the
amount of waste that goes to landfill.