REPUBLIC Cement has pioneered the use of alternative fuel in Philippine cement manufacturing through co-processing dubbed as "ecoloop" with reduced dependence on fossil fuels such as coal.
Co-processing is reuse or recovery of thermal and mineral properties of qualified waste materials, such as residual plastic or rice husk, as alternative fuels.
This process is also unique to cement manufacturers since the high temperatures used in the cement production allow alternative fuels to be completely consumed, with waste by-product fully integrated into the final output.
"Republic Cement started ecoloop almost 20 years ago with the goal of embedding sustainability in our value chain through the use of alternative fuels. Today, we are proud to share that we have achieved plastic neutrality within our own company, offsetting the plastic materials that go into our packaging through co-processed residual plastic waste," Ecoloop Director Angela Edralin-Valencia said.
Edralin-Valencia added that by collecting and co-processing the equivalent volume of residual plastic waste, Republic has been able to offset its plastic packaging footprint from 2020 to 2022. This is equivalent to over 890 dump trucks filled with plastic waste.
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"Republic Cement is very excited to offer co-processing as a solution to more manufacturers and sustainability-focused organizations in the public and private sectors. Through co-processing, partners will not only be able to comply but also be more responsible corporate citizens by seeing through the plastic used in their products throughout its entire lifecycle," Edralin-Valencia added.
"Co-processing is one of the best solutions available for diverting end-of-life plastics from landfills and waterways. Especially with the recently passed Extended Producer Responsibility Law of 2022, co-processing provides a globally recognized method that companies can use not only comply with the law but also realize their sustainability and plastic neutrality vision," Republic Cement Chief Executive Officer Roman Menz, for his part, said.
Menz added that Republic Cement has helped manufacturers and conglomerates reach their plastic neutrality goals, including Nestlé Philippines, Colgate-Palmolive, Century Pacific Food Inc., Hope In A Bottle and Plastic Credit Exchange, with its partners Nutri-Asia and Alaska.
Republic Cement has also partnered with over 30 local government units in support of their local solid waste management initiatives.