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 carbon fuels.
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 (CO2) 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 CO2 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 emission
"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
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: www.lafarge-na.com
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.
SOURCE: Lafarge Canada Inc.
For further information:
Lafarge Canada Inc.
514.715.8698 or Anne-Julie.Gratton@lafarge-na.com
Carbon Management Canada
403.210.7879 or firstname.lastname@example.org