Sustainability

 

A long-standing commitment to sustainable development

For Lafarge, sustainable development is a long-standing commitment, which dates back to the Group's first Principles of Action in 1977. We are convinced that our growth and competitiveness are inextricably linked to the quality of living conditions in the places where we operate and that there can be no sustainable economic development without the preservation of nature.

While we sincerely strive for sustainable actions as a matter of what is right, Lafarge understands that in order to be successful - we must be financially sustainable.  Therefore, it makes business sense to do what is right.  We are always seeking ways to increase our environmental performance at our operations but beyond that we work to develop innovative solutions that can help design and engineering professionals achieve sustainable construction.

Lafarge Canada is changing to reflect the world around us. As part of our social license to operate, we focus on three sustainability areas: climate, circular economy and our local communities. 

 

Lafarge Canada's purpose
We can create a world where people and profits and planet go hand in hand. Thanks to our vast resource network, including technical experts and financial stability, we can lead the way in implementing and testing new technologies that fundamentally change the way we manufacture and use building materials.

 

The Green Team
Our efforts to make the world a better place don't stop at technological innovation. When we participate in volunteer opportunities, we make our communities stronger and better. Understanding and supporting our sustainability initiatives are essential for all roles within our organization. 

 

The economic case for sustainability
The initiatives that we implement reduce expenses, help us to expand into new markets and diversify our offering, and stimulate our industry to develop more innovative solutions. That translates to stable, meaningful employment for all of us, and a healthier world for us and future generations.

 

Our Ongoing Commitments

Lafarge Canada embraces a culture of creativity and innovation as part of our continuous innovations to introduce more low-carbon products and solutions to our clients. Learn more about our key initiatives below:

 
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Richmond Green Campus

About: Richmond is the home of Project CO2MENT, a CCUS demonstration project now in its second phase at Lafarge's Richmond cement plant. Flue gas from the plant’s manufacturing facility is now captured through Svante’s equipment – reducing the amount of gases released into the atmosphere. The system purifies the cement flue gas by trapping its contaminants to enable an efficient and durable CO2 capture process. Now that Phase II is underway, Phase III - a demonstration of CO2 utilization solutions such as reinjecting it into low-carbon fuels, CO2 concrete, and fly ash – will begin in 2020. 

Richmond is also the site of a unique coprocessing technique whereby we capture biosolid fuels from local municipalities for the manufacturing of cement. This redirects the biosolids away from landfills and provides another unique circular economy.

Location: Richmond, BC

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Brookfield Tire Derived Fuels & Waste Coprocessing

About: The largest, and only cement plant in the Canadian Maritimes, is Brookfield Cement Plant in Nova Scotia. Brookfield collaborates with researchers at Dalhousie University to identify and maximize opportunities for redirecting waste - including scrap tires - away from municipal landfills and to use it as fuel for cement manufacturing. Numerous government and environmental studies from around the world have substantiated the energy benefits achieved with tire-derived fuel, while confirming emission levels comparable to other fossil fuels.

Location: Brookfield, NS

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Low Carbon Fuels at Exshaw 

About: The Exshaw Cement Plant - our largest in Canada - has received approval from the provincial government for use of low carbon fuels. 

The Exshaw LCF project has received 10M CAD from Emissions Reduction Alberta (an entity of the provincial government.) With further federal support forthcoming in the next half of 2020, the project is now under review to finalize details of the equipment and update timelines. The project will include the construction of a storage hall and injection system into the upgraded K6 kiln, and will be the final piece of the puzzle to make sure all Canadian plants are operating with LCF systems. 

Location: Exshaw, AB

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