Our Environment

Reduced carbon footprints

CPL Industries is driven to deliver a challenging Environmental Policy in 2017 and beyond.

We are focused on producing cleaner, greener, more efficient and environmentally friendlier domestic fuel products.

CPL Carbon Dioxide and Smoke Reduction Initiatives:
Ecoal - with 25% less CO2

•    Ecoal50, launched in 2012, has 50% renewable content and emits up to 40% less CO2 output than coal
•    Instant Light Ecoal50 for multi-fuel burners was launched in 2009 with environmentally and customer friendly packaging
•    We expanded into firewood logs market in 2009 with a focus on high quality kiln dried logs
•    Leading the development of environmentally friendlier, next generation fuels with the launch of such products as Olive Briquettes and Supercharged Heat Logs
•   Influential members of the DEFRA backed Ready to Burn scheme, designed to help consumers identify and purchase only low moisture wood fuels that offer better heating performance, but more importantly lower smoke emissions and therefore cleaner air
 
Biocoal Production using Novel HTC Technology:
 
CPL Industries is Europe’s leading manufacturer and supplier of smokeless solid domestic fuels and already has a number of products on its range that include a proportion of biomass, including Homefire Ecoal 50, Olive Briquettes and Supercharged Heat Logs.

The company has an active R&D programme investigating the next generation of innovative and environmentally sensitive heating products and has installed the UK’s first commercial-scale hydrothermal carbonisation (HTC) facility at its main production site in Immingham, UK.

The HTC process converts ‘green’ biomass waste, with a high moisture content, into a 100% renewable ‘biocoal’, which can be incorporated into our other smokeless fuels produced at Immingham.  Suitable feedstocks include garden and agricultural waste, food waste and digestate from AD biogas facilities.  The HTC process uses moderate temperatures and high pressures to convert the green waste into a biochar, effectively mimicking the long-term natural formation of coal, but in a process that takes hours rather than millennia.

The HTC technology has been developed by CPL’s Spanish partner Ingelia, and the facility has been constructed in partnership with the University of Nottingham and the Energy Research Accelerator (ERA), an initiative funded by Innovate UK who work with universities and industry to promote innovation and research in energy.

The HTC facility is due to start producing biocoal in the second half of 2018, and the CPL team are promoting this alternative route for biomass recycling via various waste industry conferences and exhibitions, including the Food Waste conference in London and the RWM (Resource & Waste Management) exhibition at the NEC, Birmingham.

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