The new “burnout line” was officially put into operation on May 13, 2022. With an investment of € 9.5 million, the Kirchdorf cement plant is once again defending its claim to be one of the lowest-emission cement plants in the world. CO emissions were reduced by a further 17% and the use of coarser alternative fuels was made possible.

At the Kirchdorfer cement plant – a member of the globally active Kirchdorfer Group – up to 95% of fuels are already replaced by so-called substitute fuels such as shredded plastics, tire lint, wood and plastic dust. The complete recycling of materials means that valuable resources and CO can be saved. The new burnout line now also enables the processing of coarser substitute fuels, which already saves valuable energy during processing. In addition, CO emissions have been reduced by a further 17%.

“By investing in state-of-the-art environmental technologies, our cement plant sets international standards. In terms of carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxide and dust emissions, Kirchdorf stands out internationally with the lowest values. Experts, competitors and politicians from all over the world visit our site to see the high-performance plant for themselves,” explains Erich Frommwald, Managing Director of the Kirchdorf cement plant.

“The greening of the economy is a win-win situation for the environment and the companies: switching to sustainable production not only contributes to climate protection, but also strengthens the competitiveness of companies. The Kirchdorfer cement plant is a real pioneer in this respect, as demonstrated once again by the new ‘burn-out line’. Here, the use of substitute fuels massively increases independence from fossil fuels. At the same time, CO emissions are further reduced and valuable resources are also saved thanks to the complete recycling of materials. The Kirchdorf cement plant thus proves to be a prime example of the fact that ecology and economy are ‘turbo twins’, especially in Upper Austria as a business location,” emphasized Markus Achleitner, Provincial Councillor for Economic Affairs and Energy, during the official commissioning of the new “burn-out line”.

With the investment of € 9.5 million in the burnout line, the new transfer and dosing system for substitute fuels and the adapted traffic concept, the Kirchdorf cement plant is consistently continuing its process optimization. Being able to continue to produce in an environmentally friendly manner ultimately also contributes to securing the location.

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Plant Manager Christian Breitenbaumer, Provincial Councillor Markus Achleitner and Managing Director Erich Frommwald (from left to right) at the opening ceremony for the burnout line at the Kirchdorf cement plant on May 13, 2022.
Kiln-ready delivery: in the new “EBS 5” loading terminal, the substitute fuel deliveries go directly from the trailer to the kiln



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