Progressive Planet to build pilot plant to produce low-carbon cement
by CM staff
PozGlass™ 100G, made-in-Canada, is designed to reduce the carbon footprint of the cement industry.
KAMLOOPS — Progressive Planet will be building a pilot plant that will produce up to 3,200 tonnes annually of PozGlass™ 100G (PozGlass), a CleanTech low carbon cement that can reduce the cement industry’s carbon footprint.
Made from 100-percent post-consumer glass, PozGlass replaces carbon emitting ingredients now used in the making of most cement, such as Portland Cement. PozGlass can also replace fly ash in concrete. Fly ash is a by-product of burning coal, and releases CO2 when heated.
PozGlass offers environmental benefits by capturing and permanently sequestering CO2 emitted by Progressive Planet’s natural gas dryer. Progressive Planet will sequester CO2 and convert it into sodium carbonate, a permanent carbon sequestration. Progressive Planet’s legacy cat litter operations purchase sodium carbonate to create clumping cat litter, creating a circular economy within its own operations.
“The cement industry emits 8 percent of the world’s carbon emissions, something industry leaders now want to reverse as they plan to become Net Zero by 2050,” said Progressive Planet CEO, Steve Harpur. “With PozGlass, a CleanTech breakthrough from our C-Quester™ Centre of Sustainable Innovation in Kamloops, we are producing one of many upcoming private-sector solutions that are needed to meet the 2050 Net Zero targets to fight climate change.”
PozGlass has already been produced and tested — in partnership with various third-party laboratories using industry standards. The positive results have informed Progressive Planet’s decision to begin construction of the PozGlass Pilot Plant. Once the PozGlass production process is proven out at this scale, Progressive Planet plans to find industry partners to finance and build other plants at industrial scale in various locations.
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