A new report prepared for the Australian Tyre Recyclers Association (ATRA) reveals that Tyre-derived fuel (TDF), the end-of-life tyre by-product, produces significantly lower volumes of carbon dioxide (CO2e ) than coal.
The independent report, Carbon Value Proposition, Resource Recovery using Tyre Derived Fuels, states that replacing one tonne of black coal with one tonne of TDF can save emissions of up to 1.05 tonnes of CO2e into
the atmosphere.
“This is good news for the environment when you consider the majority of used passenger and truck tyres in Australia are converted into a TDF and exported to high-end industrial facilities such as cement kilns and paper manufacturing plants in Japan and South Korea,” says ATRA Executive Officer Robert Kelman.
“The extremely high calorific value of TDF makes it an attractive alternative fuel on an international scale and may ultimately be eligible domestically for energy efficiency or low emission credits,” Kelman adds.
Each year, 23 million of approximately 50 million end-of-life tyre units in Australia are made available for recycling. ATRA members recycle approximately 20.5 million of these annually. The remainder are generally stockpiled or exported as whole baled tyres, causing biosecurity
and environmental risks for receiving countries. End-of-life mine tyres are almost universally buried onsite.