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Cement Industry Applauds Government of Canada Investment in Carbon Capture and Reuse Initiative

OTTAWA, June 28, 2012 – The Cement Association of Canada  has applauded the Government of Canada’s announcement that it will invest almost $1million in Ontario-based Pond Biofuels towards the advancement of Canadian biofuel technology and expertise. This investment will be made under the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario’s Investing in Business Innovation initiative.

The contribution will help Pond Biofuels complete a pilot demonstration of a technology developed jointly with St Marys Cement to capture and convert carbon dioxide and other emissions from the cement manufacturing process into oxygen and biomass. Biomass is a feedstock for a wide range of high value products such as biodiesel and other biofuels.

“This technology pioneered by Pond Biofuels, in partnership with St Marys Cement, speaks to the Canadian cement industry’s commitment to innovation and commitment to reducing its carbon footprint,” said Michael McSweeney, President and CEO of the Cement Association of Canada. “Government support plays a critical role in fostering innovation and we warmly welcome the investment in this groundbreaking initiative as an important step in the future of sustainable development for Canada’s cement industry.”

The Cement Association of Canada (CAC) is the voice of Canada's cement manufacturers.The industry provides a reliable, domestic supply of cement required to build Canada's communities and critical infrastructure. The CAC and its members are committed to the environmentally responsible manufacturing of cement and concrete products. CAC's members are: Ciment Québec, ESSROC Italcementi Group, Federal White Cement Ltd., Holcim Canada, Lafarge Canada, Lehigh Hanson Canada and St Mary’s Cement Group. The cement and concrete industry contributes more than $8 billion in annual sales and over 27,000 direct and indirect jobs to the Canadian economy.

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Ontario-based St Marys Cement Inc. celebrates North America's first ISO 50001 certification for energy management

(Bowmanville ON, June 7, 2012) Politicians and community leaders were on hand today to celebrate St Marys Cement Inc. –  Bowmanville Plant having received North America's first International Organization for Standardization's (ISO) ISO 50001 certification. The ISO 50001 standard is a framework for i ... Read more...
 

CAC Submission to the Standing Committee on Regulations and Private Bills for Bill 52

  CAC Submission to the Standing Committee on Regulations and Private Bills Bill 52 – An Act to amend the Building Code Act, 1992 with respect to the height of wood frame buildings on behalf of the Cement Association of Canada May 30, 2012 Presented by Michael McSweeney, CAC President and CEO, o ... Read more...
 

CAC Submission to Standing Committee on General Government - Aggregate Resources Act review

CAC Submission to Standing Committee on General Government - Aggregate Resources Act review Presented by Michael McSweeney, CAC President and CEO, on behalf of the Cement Association of Canada May 14, 2012 (Check against delivery and or transcript) Thank you for this opportunity to appear before ... Read more...
 

Pavement deflection makes for a continuous uphill drive

A new study by civil engineers at MIT shows that pavement deflection under vehicle tires makes for a continuous uphill drive that increases fuel consumption - MIT News. Details are available here: http://web.mit.edu/newsoffice/2012/pavement-savings-tires-0523.html ... Read more...