Canada: McInnis Cement, Écotech Québec and the Gaspésie Cleantech Hub, in collaboration with the Québec Ministère de l’Économie et de l’Innovation, have launched a call for innovations to identify carbon capture and utilisation technologies for the Port-Daniel-Gascons, McInnis cement plant. This call for innovations will run until May 2020 and then selected organisations will be invited to explore future options.
“From the moment the company was founded, McInnis Cement has been exploring the option of replacing some of the hydrocarbons used as fuel for the plant with locally generated residual forest biomass so as to reduce its environmental emissions,” said Maryse Tremblay, Director of Communications and Corporate Social Responsibility at McInnis Cement. She added that a study to verify the feasibility of using this type of alternative fuels is underway and that this may be followed by a pilot project.
Écotech Québec is a non-profit organisation, funded by the provincial government, which represents Québec's ‘clean’ technology cluster. It supports businesses, researchers, investors and associations to help accelerate the development, financing and commercialisation of clean technologies. The Gaspésie Cleantech Hub is an economic development organisation created to help the region increase the economic benefits of establishing the McInnis cement plant.