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Cement

Cement is a complex material with many uses.  As a hydraulic binder, it acts as a sophisticated glue. Lafarge researchers are working to develop cements suited to diverse customer needs while reducing the impact of these products on the environment.

MaxCem® Brand Blended Cement

MaxCem offers equivalent performance to regular Type I (GU) portland cement with a substantial reduction in CO2 emissions.   Here are some examples of how it is contributing in various markets.

 

Brookfield, Nova Scotia

The Lafarge cement plant in Brookfield, Nova Scotia, recently began to produce MaxCem. By offering MaxCem the plant is expected to reduce annual greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by up to 76,000 tons by 2015.  Lafarge will reduce emissions at its Brookfield plant by decreasing the usage rate of clinker, an essential intermediate product in the cement manufacturing process, by over 20 percent and replace it with alternate materials of equal performance.

 

"Blended cement is not a new idea, but the fact that the quality of this cement is equivalent to our normal product is revolutionary," said Scarth MacDonnell, manager of the Brookfield plant. "This project delivers considerable CO2 emission reductions that are substantial and near term, and it also stands to affect industry standards and markets across Canada."

 

Richmond, British Columbia

Lafarge has introduced MaxCem in British Columbia to reduce its carbon tax liability and deliver an environmentally friendly product. The new cement offers an equivalent performance to regular GU cement and will contribute to a complete Canadian market transition.

Tercem 3000® Brand Blended Cement

Lafarge Tercem 3000® blended cement is a high-performance ternary hydraulic cement that provides superior strength and excellent durability. It is manufactured with portland cement, granulated blast furnace slag, and silica fume. Tercem 3000 is ideal for high-performance concrete applications. It is well suited for walls, foundations, beams, columns, water retention structures, precast and pre-stressed products, roads and bridges, and industrial floors. In addition, it can provide outstanding results in roller compacted concrete. Additionally, due to the increased recycled material content of this product, concrete made with Tercem 3000 will have a lower CO2 footprint.

Power Reduction Efforts

Lafarge recently launched the Power Consumption Reduction Project to contribute to the Lafarge Excellence 2010 cost reduction initiative. The objective is to provide significant variable cost savings by implementing good practices. Some examples include reducing compressed air usage, stopping idling equipment, and increasing the use of cementitious materials to replace clinker in cement manufacturing.  Additionally, Lafarge's power management effort using "peak power time avoidance" and "demand response" programs  -- among other initiatives  --  helps energy providers curtail power output during peak times of the day. 

Fuel Reduction Efforts

Most people don't realize that a typical cement plant utilizes approximately 2 million tons of raw materials every year. To lessen the depletion rate of natural resources, Lafarge has developed innovative processes to use recycled waste materials from other sources as fuel and content material for cement production. 

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