Lafarge is exploring the economic and environmental benefits of introducing lower carbon fuels at its Exshaw Cement Plant to replace 30 to 50 per cent of fossil fuel use with lower carbon options by 2020. Building off research from four other Canadian facilities, this multi-partner project is the most significant of its kind in Canada.

While Exshaw’s newly-modernized kilns are set up to use natural gas, they can be adapted to burn waste-derived fuels. Lafarge is evaluating eight fuel types, selected based on a study of availability in Alberta. These fuels are currently in use at other cement plants and are expected to reduce emissions, limit landfilling, and create new jobs. The project aims to create around 100 jobs at a Calgary processing facility.

This project was selected for funding from ERA’s Industrial Efficiency Challenge. The total project value is estimated at $44.3 million; ERA is providing $10 million.