- Develop crops which can be used as alternative fuels on the site of the Bath cement plant
- Replace fossil fuels (coal and petroleum coke) with biomass, carbon-neutral fuel, to supply the cement plant and reduce its CO2 emissions
- The most appropriate crop species
- The most economical production techniques Long-term obstacles, in particular the impact on food crop production Water management Wildlife protection
- The aim is to develop biomass as a large-scale substitute for coal that is currently the main fuel source for our Bath cement plant.
- The project is supported by Ontario's Environment Ministry which has set itself a target of reducing CO2 emissions by 17% between 2005 and 2020.
An initial transformation test saw the successful use of 500 tons of biomass as a substitute for fossil fuels, reducing CO2 emissions by 1,000 tons. We are now working on a large-scale test program with a fuel demonstration plant that has been built at our Bath cement plant. The work carried out in Bath is acting as a pilot which may be duplicated many times and serve as a development model for other industries in the region.