Our Energy Mix

Balancing Traditional and Alternative Fuels to Achieve Sustainable Development

Cement manufacturing is energy intensive, requiring kiln temperatures of up to 3,000°F. To achieve this, LafargeHolcim uses traditional and alternative energy sources to produce cement. Traditionally, operations have been fueled by coal, petroleum coke and natural gas. Today, Lafarge plants across the country also use alternative fuels such as used auto tires and recycled materials like paper and cardboard from local industries to reduce the impact of our emissions. The benefits of using these alternative fuels are vast. Alternative fuels can be completely destroyed without leaving any leftover residue, while reducing emissions from CO2, sulfur and nitrogen.

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The Benefits of Using Alternative Fuels & Raw Materials


  • Completely destroys materials with virtually no leftover residue

  • Can reduce emissions from CO2, sulfur, and nitrogen

  • Provides a sustainable waste disposal solution

  • Conserves conventional fuels

From the limestone quarry to the delivery of the end product, follow every step in the cement manufacturing process by clicking here.

Alternative Fuels Can Help Lower Our Carbon Footprint

Communities and businesses across the U.S. are grappling with ways to manage waste. Items such as used tires, plastics, textiles, carpet, upholstery and off-spec products all too often find their way into landfills, oceans and groundwater. But that doesn’t have to be our story. Some of these materials can and are being beneficially reused as alternative fuels. Click here to learn more.