Lafarge Canada Inc., partners invests $8 million in innovative low carbon
fuels at its Bath cement plant
BATH, ON, May 3, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - Lafarge Canada Inc, Natural Resources
Canada, the Queen's Institute for Energy and Environmental Policy and Carbon
Management Canada announced today that they are joining forces and investing
more than $8 million to develop innovative solutions to power Lafarge Canada's
cement plant in Bath, Ontario, by re-using local surplus materials as low
This multi-partner initiative intends to produce low emission, low carbon
fuels from local supplies such as construction and demolition site debris
(wood based), railway ties, and other energy containing materials that aren't
presently recycled. The results of this full-scale demonstration program will
enable the Canadian cement industry to adopt low carbon fuels faster, making
the industry more competitive while providing better local value to local
communities and, importantly, reducing carbon emissions.
"Our commitment is to build better cities and communities. Being a responsible
neighbour and sustainable partner in the community where we live, work and
raise our families is part our core values," said Bob Cartmel, President and
Chief Executive Officer in Eastern Canada for Lafarge Canada Inc. "We are
delighted to bring this world class demonstration initiative to the Canadian
cement industry. We believe that this project is exactly in line with our
mission of building better cities by lowering our carbon footprint, making use
of local fuel supplies, and creating local sustainable jobs.
In meeting Canada's extensive infrastructure needs, the Canadian cement
industry currently emits about 3.8% of the country's carbon dioxide (CO(2))
emissions and about 30-40% of those emissions are due to 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, making use of materials that our cities and
towns don't currently reuse, and offer a sustainable alternative to the
industry at large.
Carbon Management Canada (CMC), a network of Centres of Excellence that
supports research to reduce CO(2) emissions, is funding Dr. Mabee, Dr.
Pollard, and their team's low carbon fuel research with a $400,000 grant over
three years. Queen's University will evaluate the life cycle benefits of low
carbon fuels in the cement industry as well as in-depth validation of expected
"We will be measuring the impact of low carbon fuels in a real kiln, in a real
plant, making real cement, said Dr. Warren Mabee, director of Queen's
University Institute for Energy and Environmental Policy and lead investigator
on the joint project with Lafarge Canada. "This project will give us a very
good sense of how these fuels will perform in the real world."
Natural Resources Canada is awarding $2.68 million to Lafarge Canada to
construct this full-scale demonstration plant.
"Through the ecoENERGY Innovation Initiative, our Government is investing in
innovative clean energy technologies that create jobs, generate new economic
opportunities and protect the environment," said the Honourable Joe Oliver,
Canada's Minister of Natural Resources. "This program demonstrates our
tangible support for energy projects that drive energy innovation."
Other project partners include Pollution Probe, WWF Canada, Queen's
University, the Cement Association of Canada, Mesa Bioenergy, Scott
Environmental, and Rail Link, a Metis company.
ABOUT LAFARGE CANADA INC.
Lafarge Canada Inc. is Canada's largest provider of solutions to the
construction and development industry. With more than 6000 employees across
Canada, our mission is to provide construction solutions that build better
cities and communities. The cities where Canadians live, work, and raise their
families along with the infrastructure that supports their communities such as
roads, bridges, transportation links, water, and waste management benefit from
the solutions provided by Lafarge.
Through our Sustainability Ambitions for 2020, Lafarge is committed to
providing solutions using sustainable manufacturing practices and improving
the environment in and around its operations. At locations across Canada, we
have worked to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, restore wetlands for native
plants and animals, and identify waste materials that can be recycled and used
in our operations. More information is available on Lafarge Canada's website:
ABOUT CARBON MANAGEMENT CANADA
Carbon Management Canada is a network of Centres of Excellence supported by
federal and provincial governments as well as industry. CMC is a community of
more than 140 researchers, industry and government practitioners with the
vision, commitment and enthusiasm needed to reduce CO2 emissions in the fossil
energy industry and other large stationary emitters to zero.
CONTACT Anne-Julie Gratton Lafarge Canada Inc. 514.715.8698
Ruth Klinkhammer, Carbon Management Canada 403.210.7879
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