Lafarge Canada Inc., Natural Resources Canada, the Queen’s Institute for Energy and Environmental Policy and Carbon Management Canada have agreed to jointly invest more than $8 million to develop innovative solutions to power Lafarge Canada’s cement plant in Bath, Ont., by re-using local surplus materials as low carbon fuels.
This multi-partner initiative intends to produce low emission, low carbon fuels from local supplies such as wood-based construction and demolition site debris, railway ties and other energy containing materials that aren’t presently recycled. The results of this program will enable the Canadian cement industry to adopt low carbon fuels faster, making the industry more competitive, while providing better local value to surrounding communities and, more importantly, reducing carbon emissions.
“Our commitment is to build better cities and communities,” says Bob Cartmel, president and CEO in Eastern Canada for Lafarge Canada Inc.
In meeting Canada’s infrastructure needs, the Canadian cement industry currently emits approximately 3.8 per cent of the country’s carbon dioxide emissions. Between 30 and 40 per cent of those emissions are from fossil fuel use. With the help of its partners, Lafarge Canada’s project will enable the Bath cement plant to use renewable, low carbon fuels that can be found locally, reducing its own greenhouse gas emissions, while offering a sustainable alternative to the industry.