April 2019 Lafarge Tour Summary

On April 11 the EMA of BC organized an informative tour of the Lafarge cement plant in Richmond. The plant has been in operation for more than 60 years, and currently operates 24 hours a day with approximately 100 employees to produce over one million tons of cement annually. 

Attendees learned about the plant’s operations and manufacturing processes with an emphasis on Lafarge’s many environmental initiatives. These initiatives include LaFarge’s commitment to emissions reduction by sourcing lower carbon fuels such as tire fiber, non-recyclable plastics, and demolition debris to fuel their cement production operations, diverting 100,000 tons of material from the landfill annually; and a partnership with Metro Vancouver to accept drinking water treatment residuals from the Seymour Capilano Filtration plant for use in cement manufacturing.

The highlight of the tour for many was a journey to the top of the pre-heater tower, a Richmond landmark, where attendees took in 360 degree views of the plant and the south arm of the Fraser River.

Thanks to all who attended and a special thanks to Kaml Aujla and Walter Seacrest of Lafarge for hosting a fun and educational tour.