Sumitomo Osaka Cement Counts On Biomass For Fuel

Sumitomo Osaka Cement Co., a Japanese producer of energy fueled by organic materials, plans to cut its dependence on coal by using more biomass such as wood chips, a senior executive said. “As an industry that consumes a lot of power, we need to take measures to promote energy conservation,” Senior Corporate Executive Officer Masafumi […]

Sumitomo Osaka Cement Co., a Japanese producer of energy fueled by organic materials, plans to cut its dependence on coal by using more biomass such as wood chips, a senior executive said.

“As an industry that consumes a lot of power, we need to take measures to promote energy conservation,” Senior Corporate Executive Officer Masafumi Nakao said in an interview at the company’s Tokyo headquarters. “Wood chips are now in the spotlight as a fuel source.”

Using more biomass is one way Japanese companies are seeking to reduce greenhouse gas emissions after the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear accident last year. Japan introduced a feed-in tariff program in July to provide incentives for companies that produce electricity from clean sources.

Sumitomo Osaka Cement, which currently gets about a third of its fuel from sources such as wood and industrial waste, plans to meet 40% of its needs from alternatives within three years and 50% in the longer term, Nakao said. It burns a mix of wood chips and coal to make electricity at its Tochigi and Kochi plants.

From Bloomberg Businessweek: http://www.businessweek.com/news/2012-11-07/sumitomo-osaka-cement-counts-on-biomass-to-cut-coal-dependence

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