The North American Cement Industry Environment & Energy Awards honour individual cement facilities that exemplify the spirit of continuous environmental improvement and support this spirit with action. The Awards are open to any cement manufacturing plant in North America and the award categories are:
- Overall Environmental Excellence
- Environmental Performance
- Land Stewardship
- Energy Efficiency
The Awards are judged by a group of independent judges from the PCA, Cement Americas magazine, the Cement Association of Canada, World Resources Institute, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the World Wildlife Fund.
Although they operate 15 of the 150 cement plants in North America, Canadian cement manufacturers have recently been honoured with the following awards:
2010 Environmental Performance Award - Lafarge Canada Inc. , Bath, Ontario
Lafarge's Bath Cement Plant in Ontario has won the prestigious Overall Environmental Excellence Award. This is the third time a Canadian cement plant is recognized in the history of the award. The award honors individual cement plants that exemplify the spirit of continuous environmental improvement and support this spirit with action. In addition to winning the top environmental award, the plant was also recognized in the Land Stewardship and Innovation categories.
In 2009, the Lafarge Bath plant completed a range of environmental and energy efficiency projects. Below are some of the initiatives identified:
- As part of its climate change programs, university researchers have planted hybridized poplar species at the facility and other crops as possible renewable biomass energy sources. The facility also worked with local farmers to raise crops for a biomass fuel demonstration, and more than 950 bales of fuel crops are now ready for use.
- With kiln operation and quarry changes, the facility has nearly eliminated cement kiln dust (CKD) byproduct production, replacing landfilling with on-site re-use.
- The ISO 14001 Certified Bath Cement plant has 8.2% recycled content in its cement, has been certified by the Wildlife Habitat Council for efforts to improve local wildlife habitat, and has also been recognized by the Wild Turkey Federation.
- The Bath plant continues to be an active community leader, sponsoring the fireworks for the Bath Canada Day Celebrations for over 25 years straight, among many other community programs, along with a robust community outreach program including a liaison committee, newsletters, University and College tours, and a plant web site.
- Lastly with the help of 250 local scouts, leaders, and parents, the facility planted 3,000 trees on the plant property for habitat restoration and climate change education and mitigation.
Ontario 2009 Energy Excellence - St Marys Cement Awarded Silver
St. Marys Cement in Bowmanville, Ontario is the first North American industrial organization to receive 360 Energy Inc. Silver Certification in Energy Excellence. St. Marys successfully completed the in-depth, twelve month, third-party evaluation of the organization's energy performance over the last three years. An energy baseline must be identified, and a trend of improvement must be demonstrated. The scoring and evidence are then verified by the National Energy Foundation in the U.K. The NEF provides an independent, 3rd party evaluation of a registrant's procedures and results against a rigorous set of international best practices.
2007 Environmental Performance Award - St. Marys Cement Inc., Bowmanville, Ontario
The Bowmanville plant won the Environmental Performance Award, which honours facilities that take steps beyond those contained in environmental laws, regulations and permits, to minimize their impact on the environment. During 2006, the plant instituted a state-of-the-art environmental management system and achieved impressive reductions in emissions. The new systems allowed the facility to reduce sulphur dioxide (SO2) emissions by 53% and nitrogen oxide (NO2) emissions by 18%. The reductions go far beyond regulatory reduction limits.
The St. Marys Cement Bowmanville plant was also named runner-up in the Land Stewardship and Energy Efficiency categories.
2006 Land Stewardship Award - Lafarge Canada Inc., Bath, Ontario
Lafarge Canada in Bath, Ontario won the Land Stewardship Award, which recognizes efforts to protect and enhance the land surrounding the plant. Working with the Wildlife Habitat Council and Ducks Unlimited, Lafarge transformed its former cement kiln dust landfill into a spot that nurtures the area's wildlife with a seed mix that grows wildflowers, attracts pollinating insects, and feeds deer, turkey, and other wildlife. An old quarry is being converted into a children's outdoor learning centre that includes trails, a pond, and a fossil hunting area.