New partnership invests $8 million in Ont. cement plant

May 03, 2013
May 3, 2013, Bath, Ont. – Members of a new multi-company partnership are investing $8 million in Lafarge Canada's Inc.'s cement plant in Bath, Ontario. The partnership is intended to help the cement industry adopt low carbon fuels faster.

The companies in the partnership are - Lafarge Canada Inc., Natural Resources Canada, the Queen's Institute for Energy and Environmental Policy and Carbon Management Canada - and are partnering to help develop innovative solutions by re-using local surplus materials, and other energy containing material that aren't currently recycled, as low carbon fuels.

The investment is intended to help the Canadian cement industry become more competitive while providing better local value to local communities and, importantly, reducing carbon emissions.

The Canadian cement industry currently emits about 3.8 per cent of the country's CO2 emissions and about 30 to 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.

Carbon Management Canada, a network of Centres of Excellence that supports research to reduce CO2 emissions, is funding Dr. Mabee and Dr. Pollard's 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 reductions.

"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 Joe Oliver, Canada's minister of natural resources.

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.

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