Salonit Anhovo wins EBRD Sustainable Energy Award

Anhovo, 14 July (STA) - Slovenian cement producer Salonit Anhovo has received the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)'s bronze Sustainable Energy Award. The company was honoured for achieving important progress in using solid non-hazardous waste as an energy source, Salonit said on Friday.

Salonit is currently testing a solution that is to increase the share of alternative fuels used by the company from 60% to 75%. The alternative fuels quantity remains the same as defined in its 2007 environmental permit. The cement producer will thus reduce its annual CO2 emissions by 10,000 tonnes.

The Anhovo production plant will reach emissions of 0.737 kilograms of CO2 per a kilogram of cement clinker, which is considerably below the relevant benchmark of the EU. EBRD backed Salonit's investment with a loan worth EUR 15m.

"If we compare the expected development of key indices, Salonit Anhovo has already reached the specific energy use level which the industry will probably reach in 2025. As for the clinker share in cement and the CO2 emissions, the industry will probably reach Salonit Anhovo's current levels in 2030," the company said.

Salonit was rewarded by the EBRD for finding a solution based on 30-year experience in using waste as a fuel, Salonit Anhovo chairman Julijan Fortunat said as he accepted the award.

He said the awards was an encouragement for the company to continue on the path of sustainable energy.

The awards was handed out by EBRD Director of the Environment and Sustainability Department Dariusz Prasek, accompanied by Economy Minister Zdravko Počivalšek and the head of EBRD Ljubljana office Jolanto Gabriel.