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Lafarge Canada receives $5 million for sustainable cement technology
May 18, 2023 By Rock to Road Staff
May 15, 2023, VICTORIA – The British Columbia government provided Lafarge Canada with a $5 million investment to further develop its carbon utilization technology in cement production.
The funding will go toward supporting a trial of carbon-utilization technology that captures carbon dioxide gas from Lafarge’s manufacturing facility and recycles it into the production of synthetic fuels and alternative binder additions for cement.
The investment is being made through the CleanBC Industry Fund, which uses a portion of carbon tax paid by heavy industry and invests it back into companies or businesses that have demonstrated that they can reduce emissions with cleaner technology.
Lafarge also received an additional investment of $1 million from the BC Centre for Innovation and Clean Energy to put toward increasing their utilization of captured carbon from their Richmond cement plant to produce low-carbon fuels for the province.
“Through the CleanBC Industry Fund, businesses like Lafarge are empowered to reduce their carbon footprint and invest in clean technology, demonstrating that environmental sustainability and economic growth can go hand in hand,” said Josie Osborne, British Columbia’s Minister of Energy Mines and Low Carbon Innovation, in a press statement.
The CleanBC Industry Fund recently completed a fourth intake which will provide nearly $90 million in funding from the province for 41 new projects. To be eligible, applicants must have paid carbon tax and have emissions over 10,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent per year, under the Greenhouse Gas Industrial Reporting and Control Act.
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