EcoSmart undertook a qualitative assessment and related information dissemination activities with regard to the use of Supplementary Cementing Materials (SCMs) in Canada. These activities were follow up from the federal AP2K project.Within the Government of Canada Action Plan 2000 (AP2K) on Climate Change, several programs were aimed at reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the minerals and metals sector. The key objective of the Minerals and Metals programs is to promote the increased use of alternative and recycled materials and to identify opportunities to further minimize GHG emissions through the adoption of new technologies and process modifications. One of these areas focused on the use of Supplementary Cementing Materials in concrete. The program was extended for two follow up activities. A qualitative assessment on SCM use in Canada was conducted to determine changes over the past several years and to gain a better understanding of stakeholders’ position and concerns. Also, there was further dissemination of information on the use of SCMs in concrete in an effort to increase acceptance. In 2007, EcoSmart Foundation completed these activities with the support of the Cement Association of Canada (CAC), the Canadian Ready-Mixed Concrete Association (CRMCA), the Association of Canadian Industries Recycling Coal Ash (CIRCA), the National Research Council (Institute for Research in Construction), Public Works & Government Services Canada, Environment Canada and Natural Resources Canada. As a part of the dissemination aspect of the AP2K 2007 project, the industry-government collaboration developed a list of references and resources on the use of SCMs. These resources are intended to provide helpful information to the ready-mixed concrete, construction and design industries, as well as federal, provincial and municipal agencies across Canada. The three information reports generated through EcoSmart’s AP2K 2007 project are:
- EcoSmart AP2K 2007 Assessment Report provides the results of a qualitative survey on SCM use in Canada conducted during the spring of 2007.
- EcoSmart AP2K 2007 Dissemination Report summarizes the dissemination aspect of the project aimed at increasing acceptance of SCM use in Canada.
- “SCM Basics” Information Resource Guide concisely explains the technical and environmental benefits of SCM use, as well as the limitations, applications and specifications. Links to additional resources are also provided. the industry-government collaboration developed a list of references and resources on the use of SCMs.