​New project to reduce GHG emissions, landfill waste at Lafarge cement plant in Richmond, B.C.

Lafarge Canada's Richmond Cement Plant. Image: Lafarge

A newly-commissioned fuel handling and delivery system at Lafarge Canada’s cement plant in Richmond, B.C. is expected to significantly reduce the facility’s GHG emissions and landfill waste.

Lafarge calls it “a new and improved lower carbon fuel (LCF) system.”

The 60-year-old plant, Lafarge’s first Canadian facility, has been permitted to use lower carbon fuels for ten years.

The company says that previous upgrades allowed the plant to replace up to 25 percent of its fossil fuel use with lower carbon fuels. The new LCF system is expected to increase the rate of substitution to 50 percent or more, according to plant manager Pascal Bouchard.

“Data from our pilot suggests we can go higher—even up to 70 per cent is realistic,” he said in a statement on Thursday.

LCF used by the plant is comprised of primarily non-recyclable waste byproducts; waste that does not have an existing or economically viable recycling outlet and is bound for landfills. Lafarge says this will allow it to divert approximately 100,000 tonnes per year of waste from local landfills.

The project cost $28 million and Lafarge received $14 million in funding support from the British Columbia Ministry of Environment.