The Government of Alberta is making $1.4m of funding available through Emissions Reduction Alberta to support a $3m feasibility study which focuses on carbon capture and storage (CCS).

The study aims to capture and store emissions from Lehigh Cement’s Edmonton plant, and if successful, has the potential to reduce the plant’s current emissions by 90% per year.

“Once again, Alberta is ahead of the pack. Exploring CCS to reduce emissions in the cement industry is a prime example of the innovative, game-changing technology our Technology Innovation and Reductions (TIER) system will support,” said Jason Nixon, Minister of Environment and Parks, Canada.

The project aligns with Alberta’s new TIER system, which takes effect on 1st January 2020, and will help industries deploy pioneering, emissions-reducing technologies that will keep businesses competitive.

“Reducing emissions in energy-intensive industries like cement requires going beyond incremental improvement to accelerating the development and market introduction of new and emerging low-carbon technologies,” said Steve MacDonald, CEO of Emissions Reduction Alberta.

“We are part of HeidelbergCement Group’s vision of carbon dioxide neutral concrete by 2050 and the potential of concrete to become the most sustainable building material,” said Joerg Nixdorf, President of Lehigh Hanson Canada Region. 

“The Lehigh CCS study is a leading initiative for carbon capture in cement an demonstrates HeidelbergCement’s commitment to lead global change for CCS in our industry.”

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