Wingfield celebrates 1m tonnes of alternative fuel


Thursday, 07 November, 2019

Wingfield celebrates 1m tonnes of alternative fuel

SUEZ-ResourceCo’s Wingfield facility is celebrating the production of 1 million tonnes of alternative fuel, a process that has diverted more than 2 million tonnes of waste from landfill — enough to fill Adelaide Oval.

The Wingfield facility transforms construction, demolition, commercial and industrial waste (otherwise destined for landfill) into a baseload fuel, known as processed engineered fuel (PEF), for use by Adelaide Brighton Cement.

SUEZ-ResourceCo Chairman and CEO of SUEZ Australia and New Zealand Mark Venhoek said the partnership has seen a huge reduction in reliance on fossil fuels and significant diversion from landfill.

“PEF presents a cost-effective, sustainable solution to the generation of baseload energy, while helping to address the complex issues of waste management — it’s a win-win,” Venhoek said.

The plant, reported to be the first of its kind commissioned in Australia, has helped reduce annual greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to the electricity supply of 50,000 homes.

The multimillion-dollar resource recovery and alternative fuels plant has been a leader in Australia’s efforts to move away from a make, use and dispose model to the recovery, recycling and re-use of products to extract their maximum value — in this case, dry non-recyclable materials.

“This alternative fuel reduces Adelaide Brighton Cement’s reliance on natural resources as well as the use of raw materials in the cement manufacturing process, and as part of our overall sustainability strategy reduces greenhouse gas emissions,” said Adelaide Brighton Limited CEO Nick Miller.

“Through the use of this alternative fuel, Adelaide Brighton Cement has achieved a reduction of approximately 500,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions since project inception.”

The cement produced by Adelaide Brighton, using PEF from the Wingfield plant, is used in a host of major infrastructure projects across South Australia, including the recent redevelopment at Adelaide Oval.

“It’s a great example of what’s possible,” Venhoek said.

“Adelaide is increasingly being recognised as a leader in circular economy initiatives and certainly this partnership is a good reflection of that.”

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