KAMLOOPS – Progressive Planet has reached an agreement with Recycle BC, which will supply the company with post-consumer glass to make a new ingredient that will reduce carbon dioxide emissions from cement.
A press release from Progressive Planet states the recycled glass will be used to make PozGlass 100G at Progressive Planet’s PozGlass Pilot Plant, which will begin construction this year. PozGlass is designed as a possible replacement for Portland cement and fly ash from coal plants, which are now used in the manufacturing process of concrete. If PozGlass is used at a cement plant, it has the potential to dramatically reduce emissions by sequestering CO2, and being mixed with Portland cement at up to a 50% ratio.
Progressive Planet signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding with Lafarge Canada Inc. on March 13 to purchase all of the PozGlass produced by its Kamloops plant, and Lafarge will be Progressive Planet’s exclusive industry partner in testing and implementing PozGlass into cement products.
Ian Grant, Chief Operating Officer of Progressive Planet, states “Our objective is to help the cement industry reduce its carbon footprint. We have developed PozGlass, here in British Columbia, to reduce the use of carbon emitting ingredients of cement and sequester CO2 stack emissions created in the cement manufacturing process.
Sam Baker, Western Canada Director – Post Collection and Material Regeneration at Recycle BC, adds “This initiative aligns with our organization’s vision to inspire and accelerate innovation in recycling technology.”
By manufacturing PozGlass at its Kamloops pilot plant, Progressive Planet will also be able to reduce the current carbon footprint of its operations, which create CleanTech products for agriculture, soil regeneration and animal care. PozGlass sequesters CO2 when the recycled wastewater used in treating post-consumer glass is injected with stack emissions. The CO2 is captured in a sodium carbonate compound, meaning it is never released into the atmosphere.
Business Examiner Staff