Success Story

Lafarge Canada Inc.

(From left) Robert Cumming, Environment and Public Affairs Manager, Lafarge Canada; Queen's University MSc Student, Geoffrey Leslie; OCE Business Development Manager, Samira Afrand; Lafarge Plant Manager, Richard Sebastianelli; and Queen's University Professor, Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, Dr. Andrew Pollard at Lafarge's cement plant in Bath, Ontario.

The cement industry is the third largest coal consuming sector in Ontario. Rising fuel costs, new regulations and air quality concerns are driving industrial facilities to seek out local, cleaner fuels. However, some emerging fuel sources, such as wood-based materials, pose a risk due to the possibility of spontaneous combustion during storage.

Lafarge Canada Inc., in partnership with Queen’s University, has taken the lead in developing fuel storage and safety systems and standards that address the unique handling characteristics of low carbon fuels. New safeguards and best practices, similar to those for diesel oil or gasoline, will ensure operational safety and set a precedent for all industries committed to building a more sustainable future.

OCE supported the partnership between Queen’s University and Lafarge Canada Inc. through its Technical Problem Solving program. The project, which explored the causes of spontaneous combustion and dust explosions, was a critical component of a major $8 million multi-partner initiative to make the plant sustainable.

This October, Lafarge’s plant in Bath, Ontario, started using construction and demolition wood sourced from local landfills to help power the plant. The company plans to keep exploring new low carbon fuel sources over the next few years.

Return on Innovation

  • 20-30 new jobs will result from the partnership over the next two years
  • For every 10 per cent of fossil fuel replacement with low carbon fuels, the Ontario cement industry will produce 200,000 tonnes less CO2 emissions

OCE©2013 Last updated 10/2013