Lafarge Canada's Nova Scotia cement plant will begin to develop a new type of blended cement that is expected to reduce annual greenhouse gas emissions by up to 76,000 tons by 2015
Lafarge Canada's Nova Scotia cement plant will begin to develop a new type of blended cement that is expected to reduce annual greenhouse gas emissions by up to 76,000 tons by 2015.
Lafarge will reduce emissions at its Brookfield plant by decreasing the usage rate of clinker by more than 20% and replace it with alternate materials of equal performance.
ìBlended cement is not a new idea, but the fact that the quality of this cement is equivalent to our normal product is revolutionary,î says Scarth MacDonnell, plant manager of the Lafarge Brookfield Plant. ìThis project delivers considerable CO2 emission reductions that are substantial and near term, and it also stands to affect industry standards and markets across Canada.î
Darrell Dexter, Premier of Nova Scotia, announced that ecoNovaScotiaís Environment Technology Program will provide a $670,000 grant to assist Lafarge in producing the new blended cement. Total cost of the project will be over $1.5 million and includes installing additional material storage and handling equipment required for manufacturing the new product.
"Investing in a greener economy is the right decision for Nova Scotia, and for the entire Atlantic region, as climate change is an issue that affects all of us,î says Dexter. ìThis government is showing genuine leadership by supporting the development of leading edge technologies, such as those at Lafarge in Brookfield, which are good for the environment, and good for Nova Scotiaís economy.î
ìThe ecoNovaScotia program represents a dynamic partnership between government and industry,î MacDonnell says. ìThe ETP grant allows us to move forward on a project to install new equipment to continue to make top-quality cement using fewer raw materials and reducing fossil fuel demands. This initiative extends the life of the Brookfield quarry, reduces fossil fuel consumption and significantly reduces overall CO2 emissions.î
Lafarge Brookfieldís goal is to convert 100% of its current general-use cement into blended cement types, reducing province-wide CO2 emissions. This project represents the first step towards reducing emissions locally and, ultimately, setting a new standard for other jurisdictions on the path towards environmental sustainability.