Lafarge’s Richmond Plant Aims to Be Most Carbon Efficient in Canada

Lafarge Canada Inc.’s Richmond, B.C., facility recently launched a new and improved lower carbon fuel (LCF) system 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 Canada. It will also help minimize landfill waste; specifically, non-recyclable plastics that are creating a backlog for municipalities across Canada.

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March Cement Shipments Decrease Slightly

Total shipments of portland and blended cement, including 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 leading producing states for portland and blended cement in March were, in descending order, Texas, California, Missouri, Florida and Alabama.

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HeidelbergCement Receives Approval for Science-Based Emissions Targets

Following a thorough validation procedure, HeidelbergCement’s carbon dioxide emissions reduction targets for 2030 have been successfully assessed against the Science Based Targets initiative’s (SBTi) criteria. This makes HeidelbergCement the first company in the cement sector, and one of about 200 companies worldwide, to have approved science-based targets.

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