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Lafarge Canada Inc. (Lafarge), Canada’s largest diversified supplier of construction materials, has undertaken a broad initiative to improve the sustainability of their Bath Plant by the year 2020, termed the Cement 2020 Initiative. Under this initiative, and working in Partnership with Queen’s University, environmental non-government organizations and various levels of government, Lafarge is reducing its imported fossil fuel use (with a current goal of a 30% reduction of fossil fuel use by the year 2020), and so lowering its Green House Gas (GHG) emissions, through the use of local and/or...

About the Cement 2020 Project We're Changing the way Cement is produced!

There is more concrete used every year than all other building materials combined. Some say it is second only to water in annual consumption. It’s everywhere! We will need it more and more as we rebuild our society’s infrastructure and we move to a more sustainable economy. Despite its many desirable environmental technical features, like all industry sectors, the cement sector plans to do its part to move to a low carbon future. This will require a plan, a road map if you will. While the Cement sector has a number of broad proposals and ambitions, the Cement 2020 project is a unique approach. It brings a multi-discipline team of researchers and experts together to study one cement plant (Lafarge’s Bath plant) and brainstorm ideas to make this plant the most sustainable plant that it could be. We then ask panelists from around the Pacific Rim to consider the recommendations and interpret how they could apply in their contexts. The last question we ask is, what would it mean if the entire cement industry were to adopt the recommendations by the end of 2020?

The cement sector is estimated to represent 5-8% of the world’s CO2 emissions. To put this in a local context, Canada is estimated to represent 2%. We think this is an exciting project and we hope that you will agree. We invite you to monitor the team’s progress over the coming months and even contribute ideas yourself.

The project is led by Lafarge North America with financial support from the Asia Pacific Partnership through Environment Canada along with financial support from Natural Resource Canada and the Ontario Ministry of the Environment’s Climate Change Branch. The Lafarge Group is the world’s largest cement producer and is headquartered in Paris, France. Lafarge North America is the largest diversified supplier of construction materials in the U.S. and Canada. They produce and sell cement, ready-mixed concrete, gypsum wallboard, aggregates, asphalt, paving and construction, precast solutions and pipe products. The Bath cement plant, about 30 km west of Kingston, Ontario along the shore of the Bay of Quinte that produces 1.1 million tonnes of cement per year. That’s enough cement to build 70 CN Towers each year...

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