Cement Americas

SUM 2019

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www.cementamericas.com • Summer 2019 • CEMENT AMERICAS 3 CEMENTSCOPE Total shipments of portland and blended cement, includ- ing imports, in the United States and Puerto Rico in March 2019 were 7.3 million metric tons (Mt), a slight decrease from the roughly 7.4 Mt in March 2018, according to the most recent USGS Mineral Industry Survey. Shipments for the year through March totaled 19.4 Mt, an increase of 2.4% from those for the same period in 2018. The lead- ing producing states for portland and blended cement in >ĂĨĂƌŐĞƐZŝĐŚŵŽŶĚWůĂŶƚŝŵƐƚŽĞDŽƐƚĂƌďŽŶĨĨŝĐŝĞŶƚŝŶĂŶĂĚĂ Lafarge Canada Inc.'s Richmond, B.C., facility recently launched a new and improved lower carbon fuel (LCF) sys- tem to reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with the production of cement. The initiative aims to make the facility the most carbon efficient cement plant in Cana- da. It will also help minimize landfill waste; specifically, non-recyclable plastics that are creating a backlog for municipalities across Canada. The plant is permitted to use lower carbon fuels for 10 years. The new $28 million system, which Lafarge received $14 million in funding support from the British Columbia Ministry of Environment, is expected to replace up to 50% of the plant's fossil fuel use with lower carbon fuels. Previ- ous upgrades allowed the plant to only achieve 25% sub- stitution. This higher rate of substitution could result in a 20% reduction of combustion emissions. "Lafarge is aligned with Metro Vancouver 's sustainabil- ity goals for recovering energy from landfill-bound solid waste, a classic example of the Circular Economy in action. This new system allows us to more easily reach our target of substituting 50% of our fossil fuel use with lower car- bon options. Data from our pilot suggests we can go high- er – even up to 70 % is realistic," explained Plant Manager Pascal Bouchard. LCF used by the plant is comprised of primarily non-re- cyclable waste byproducts; waste that does not have an existing or economically viable recycling outlet and is bound for landfills. It allows Lafarge to divert approximate- ly 100,000 tonnes per year of waste from local landfills, the equivalent of about 8,300 loaded garbage trucks. "With an ever-growing population, using waste as a source of energy is the future of waste management and recy- cling. It offers superior environmental performance com- pared to landfill and incineration of waste and significantly reduces greenhouse gas emission from cement produc- tion" said Sophie Wu, head of Geocycle North America, LafargeHolcim's waste management subsidiary. Further, Inventys announced a project partnership with Lafarge Canada and Total, a major energy company, to develop and demonstrate the first full-cycle solution to ĐĂƉƚƵƌĞĂŶĚƌĞƵƐĞKЇĨƌŽŵĂĐĞŵĞŶƚƉůĂŶƚǁŚŝůĞĂůƐŽ ƌĞĚƵĐŝŶŐŐƌĞĞŶŚŽƵƐĞŐĂƐĞŵŝƐƐŝŽŶƐWƌŽũĞĐƚKЇDEd ǁŝůůĚĞŵŽŶƐƚƌĂƚĞĂŶĚĞǀĂůƵĂƚĞ/ŶǀĞŶƚLJƐKЇĐĂƉƚƵƌĞƐLJƐ- ƚĞŵĂŶĚĂƐĞůĞĐƚŝŽŶŽĨKЇƵƚŝůŝnjĂƚŝŽŶƚĞĐŚŶŽůŽŐŝĞƐĂƚƚŚĞ Richmond plant over the next four years. ƚ/ŶǀĞŶƚLJƐǁĞƐĞĞĂƌĞĂůŽƉƉŽƌƚƵŶŝƚLJƚŽďƵŝůĚĂKЇŵĂƌ- ŬĞƚƉůĂĐĞǁŚĞƌĞƚŽŶŶĞƐŽĨKЇĂƌĞƚƌĂĚĞĚďĞƚǁĞĞŶĞŵŝƚ- ters and users," said Inventys President and CEO Claude Letourneau. " This project provides an opportunity for global industry leaders to work together using everyone's expertise to create new business models while fighting climate change." dŚĞŽďũĞĐƚŝǀĞƐŽĨWƌŽũĞĐƚKЇDEdĂƌĞĂƐĨŽůůŽǁƐ• ••WŚĂƐĞ/ʹdŚĞŽŶƚĂŵŝŶĂŶƚWƌŽŐƌĂŵ•ZĞĚƵĐĞŚĂƌŵ- ful organic and inorganic substances, such as sulphur dioxide, dust and soot, as well as nitrogen oxides, from cement flue gas; ••WŚĂƐĞ//ʹdŚĞKЇĂƉƚƵƌĞWƌŽŐƌĂŵ•^ĞƉĂƌĂƚĞƚŚĞKЇ from flue gas using a customized-forcement version of Inventys' carbon capture technology at pilot scale; and ••WŚĂƐĞ///ʹdŚĞKЇZĞƵƐĞWƌŽŐƌĂŵ•WƌĞƉĂƌĞƉŽƐƚ ĐŽŵ- ďƵƐƚŝŽŶKЇĨŽƌƌĞƵƐĞĂŶĚƐƵƉƉŽƌƚƚŚĞĞĐŽŶŽŵŝĐĂůĂƐƐĞƐƐ- ŵĞŶƚĂŶĚĚĞŵŽŶƐƚƌĂƚŝŽŶŽĨKЇĐŽŶǀĞƌƐŝŽŶƚĞĐŚŶŽůŽŐŝĞƐ ŽŶƐŝƚĞƐƵĐŚĂƐKЇ ŝŶũĞĐƚĞĚĐŽŶĐƌĞƚĞĂŶĚĨůLJĂƐŚ Funding for the first two phases is complete and develop- ment of Phase I is underway. Phase I will begin operation in 2019; followed by Phase II & III in 2020. British Columbia Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy George Heyman and other dignitaries shovel low carbon fuel mix into a loader during the inau- guration of the new LCF system at the Richmond plant. DĂƌĐŚĞŵĞŶƚ^ŚŝƉŵĞŶƚƐĞĐƌĞĂƐĞ^ůŝŐŚƚůLJ

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