Ontario Construction News staff writer
Lafarge Canada has announced the Bath Cement Plant near Kingston is fully converting production to reduced carbon portland limestone cement – branded as OneCem – the company’s eco-efficient alternative.
“As the leader in the Cement Industry in Eastern Canada, we are committed to developing our green portfolio and advancing towards a sustainable future with OneCem as a step on the journey,” Andrew Stewart, vice-president, cement, Lafarge Eastern Canada, said in a statement.
The company has been working towards full transition or the past several years. OneCem, a sustainable product that presents significantly less CO2 emissions while providing the same performance and durability.
“From 2018 to 2021 only, we have saved more than 140,000 tonnes of CO2 by converting GU cement to OneCem in our plants across Ontario, Quebec, and Nova Scotia – the equivalent to taking 42,891 cars off the road, which would have consumed 59,640,854 liters of gasoline,” said Robert Cumming, head of sustainability and public affairs, Eastern Canada.
“With the recent conversion of the Bath Plant’s GU production to OneCem, these numbers will continue to grow.”
While cement typically represents only 11 per cent of a concrete mix, it can account for more than 80 per cent of all energy required to produce concrete.
“At the Bath Plant, we are excited to increase our OneCem production and to provide our customers with this sustainable product, so that every project they build with our product can have a smaller carbon footprint,” said Ignacio Arroyo, Bath cement plant manager.