The Greening Cement partnership aims to use municipal and industrial waste as an alternative fuel for cement production in Vietnam.
P4G has provided the partnership with US $360,055 in catalytic grant funding.
Cement production plays a key role in Vietnam’s economy yet remains one of the most polluting industries. Additionally, Vietnam currently produces about 70,000 tons of waste per day and 75% of that ends up in landfills. The Greening Cement partnership aims to address both challenges by reducing Vietnam’s waste while shifting the cement industry to more sustainable growth. The partnership will set up the infrastructure to transport waste to cement factories that can process the waste into an alternative fuel for cement production.
The partnership will focus on Cement Industry Corporation of Vietnam (VICEM) plants, which are state-owned, enabling this pilot to lead the way in changing the waste management system and cement infrastructure in Vietnam. With HOTDISC technology provided by the Danish engineering company FLSMIDTH, the partnership can process industrial and municipal waste from wet powders such as paper sludge as well as large solid waste, such as tires or old car fragments. The waste to energy process eliminates the need for expensive shredding and provides greater energy efficiency.
During the P4G funding period, the partnership aims to establish a reliable municipal and industrial waste supply chain to the VICEM cement plant by addressing existing legal barriers and facilitating investment greening the cement industry. Ultimately, the partnership aims to demonstrate the VICEM cement plant’s success using 100% waste in the cement production process, reducing landfills and replicating the model across cement plants in Vietnam to treat 55 million tons of waste per year.