Carbon Capture and Utilization (CCU) Technologies

Innovation call: carbon capture and utilization (CCU) technologies for the Port-Daniel–Gascons cement plant, by McInnis Cement, in Gaspesie, Québec

The objective is to identify the most suitable technological solutions for permanently reducing the cement plant’s CO2 emissions, and then gradually implement these solutions based on the company’s needs.


February 2020
Innovation call




Located in Port-Daniel–Gascons, Québec, the McInnis cement plant aims to supply its customers with superior-quality cements that are consistently produced and reliably distributed in accordance with sustainable development principles, while maximizing shareholder investment.

Its high-technology cement plant is one of the most efficient and environmentally responsible facilities in North America, if not the world, using up to 40% less fuel per metric ton of cement produced than traditional cement plants. It also utilizes a number of systems to minimize the emission of pollutants into the environment. It is the only cement plant in Canada that voluntarily complies with the strictest air emission standards in North America.[1]

In addition to the Port-Daniel–Gascons site, which has a quarry, plant and deepwater marine terminal, McInnis Cement operates a strategic distribution network of terminals serving markets throughout northeastern North America. The company ships 85-90% of its production by sea to customers in both Canada and the United States, with the remainder being transported by rail or truck.


[1] It meets or exceeds the 2015 National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) for new cement plants as established by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which are significantly more stringent than current Canadian standards.



Many initiatives allow McInnis Cement to be recognized as an industry leader in terms of energy efficiency and environmental performance, with a low carbon footprint for each tonne produced. The McInnis Cement remains a major emitter of GHGs because of its high production capacity and the nature of the cement manufacturing process. When the company reaches its full production capacity, total GHG emissions will be around 1.8 million metric tonnes annually, mostly CO2.

From the moment the company was founded, McInnis Cement has seriously explored the option of replacing some of the hydrocarbons used as fuel for the plant with locally generated residual forest biomass so as to significantly reduce its environmental emissions. A study to verify the feasibility of this solution is underway and a pilot project using this method could take place in the next few years. Such an initiative could potentially reduce annual CO2 emissions by some 150,000 metric tons.

To further cut its GHG emissions, McInnis Cement would also like to employ one or more technologies for carbon capture and utilization (CCU). This INNO+ Call for innovations is part of the company’s efforts to identify technologies that could significantly reduce the cement plant’s CO2 emissions in the short or medium term. At this stage, simple carbon capture and storage is not a desirable option because the objective is to maximize the economic benefits of adopting clean technology in the region.



The criteria below will be used to evaluate the proposals.

Technological readiness level (TRL)

Since the objective is to capture and utilize major quantities of CO2 in the medium term, solutions with very advanced development work will be considered first.

Potential for industrial symbiosis

There is a preference for solutions that demonstrate potential for industrial symbiosis in the region.

Environmental footprint

The evaluation will look at the environmental footprint of the solutions proposed. Should two solutions offer the same GHG emission reduction capacity, the solution with the smaller environmental footprint will be considered more favourably.

Availability of markets

Suppliers of carbon capture and utilization solutions must identify the markets in which their products could be sold. They must also provide information on the condition of these markets and their potential for long-term access.

In addition, the analysis will take into account other criteria like team expertise, the costs and constraints of the proposed solution and the existence of similar projects at similar scales that have already been implemented.

The current health and economic crisis affects everyone’s work pace, we are forced to shift everything.

  • Launch of the call for innovations

    February 10, 2020

  • Information webinar (French and English)

    March 11, 2020

    Watch the replay

  • Q&A online

    May 25, 2020

  • Deadline for submitting proposals

    June 15, noon 

  • 1st selection of proposals

    June 30, 2020

  • Presentation of selected proposals

    Week of July 13, (French and English) via video conferencing

  • 2nd selection of proposals

    July 27, 2020

  • Innovation mission in Gaspesie and the second edition of the Rendez-Vous Carbone

    October 21-23, 2020

Available resources

Once the proposed solutions have been evaluated, the chosen organizations will be invited to Gaspésie in October 2020 to take part in an innovation mission. They will have an opportunity to visit the McInnis Cement facilities, cultivate business relationships with industry players in the region and participate in the second edition of the Rendez-Vous Carbone organized by the Gaspésie Cleantech Cluster (Pôle des technologies propres de la Gaspésie).

If McInnis Cement selects one of the proposals presented as part of the innovation challenge, it will deploy the human and technical resources needed to implement the solution.

Additional information :

McInnis Cement

Name : McInnis Cement Inc.

Location :  Municipality of Port-Daniel–Gascons, Québec, Canada (geographic coordinates: 48°11′ N, 64°55′ W). The plant was built next to a natural deposit of high-quality limestone, on the shores of Chaleur Bay.

Activities : Production and distribution of Portland cement.

On-stream date : Spring 2017

Projected operating life :   45 years, with the possibility of continued operations if available resources are confirmed nearby.

Number of employees : 200

Production capacity : 2.3 million metric tons of cement annually.

The region :

Located at the southeastern tip of Gaspésie Peninsula in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, the Rocher-Percé regional county municipality (RCM) is home to the McInnis cement plant. It is also recognized as an international tourist destination, thanks to the world-famous Percé Rock and the surrounding UNESCO Global Geopark. The Québec capital of commercial fishing (lobster, snow crab, etc.), the RCM is also a hub for maritime education and research, offering a number of business opportunities in the tertiary processing of marine products as well as in ship building and repair. The region has first-class transportation infrastructure for the development of Gaspésie and maritime regions of Québec, notably the Rocher-Percé airport, which provides air service throughout the year, several commercial and tourism wharves, and the railroad, which runs through all the municipalities in the Gaspé Peninsula and will gradually be upgraded in the next few years. Finally, the RCM is home to the Gaspésie Cleantech Cluster (Pôle des technologies propres de la Gaspésie) and a place of choice for families and newcomers looking for diverse culinary options and numerous outdoor activities.

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Partners  :

With the co-operation of the Government of Québec

Gaspésie Cleantech Hub: As part of its efforts to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, McInnis Cement is working closely with the Gaspésie Cleantech Cluster. The cluster is an economic development organization created to help the region maximize the economic benefits of establishing the cement plant. The cluster’s primary mission is to foster industrial symbiosis so that McInnis Cement can reduce the environmental footprint of its cement plant activities. The INNO+ innovation challenge will thus target this dual objective. The cluster will take an active role in all the activities associated with the challenge.

Écotech Québec: is the first organization of its kind in Canada. To foster sustainable development, it mobilizes actors in the green economy to create the most conducive conditions for business growth and development. It also encourages end-users to adopt more clean technologies.

Do you think you have a solution?

  • Watch the replay of the information webinar

March 11 Webinar Replay

Pour le webinaire en français, cliquez ici


  • Submit your solution by June 15, 2020 at noon, deadline for receipt of proposals.

The Q&A session from the webinar with McInnis Cement available now.

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