We Believe in Sustainability

Graymont is working hard to be part of the solution.

We expect that all our employees share in the responsibility for developing and maintaining a sustainable organization. Our mission is to improve our world by responsibly meeting society’s needs for quality lime and stone products.

We are always looking for new ways to reduce the impact of human activity on our surroundings. It makes good business sense. Doing the right thing for the planet is also doing the right thing for our customers, our communities, our employees, and for the company.

Read the Latest Graymont Sustainability Report

How are we committed to sustainability?

Graymont is committed to protection of the environment on two fronts — through the use of its lime products for environmental remediation and by limiting the impact of its own operations on the environment.

Our lime products are a big part of the solution in terms of addressing a myriad of environmental impacts and issues — both naturally occurring and man-made — ranging from water and sewage treatment to acid rain reduction, environmental remediation, wind farm construction, agriculture and power generation.

At the same time, Graymont recognizes the impact on the environment resulting from its quarrying and plant-site activities, and is dedicated to further improving its environmental performance to achieve world-class standards.

Over the past several years, Graymont has successfully implemented environmental management systems (EMS) at all of its Lime and Materials plants, focused primarily on air emissions, energy efficiency and waste reduction.

Our aim now is to further enhance performance by putting in place a comprehensive one-Graymont EMS system, which will continue to drive improvement across the organization by ensuring compliance with a set of uniform, non-negotiable standards that go beyond regulatory obligations.

Key pillars of Graymont’s environmental management system address:

  • Air EmissionsAir emissions result largely from the combustion process in Graymont’s lime kilns, as well as from uncontained “fugitive dust” that becomes airborne.In 2012, reported emissions of oxides of sulphur (SOx) were 40% less than 2004 levels, while emissions of oxides of nitrogen (NOx) were 8% lower even though production volumes had increased 26% from 2004 levels.
  • Energy EfficiencyEnergy is an important resource for Graymont. Typically more than 95% of energy used at a lime production facility is associated with lime kilns.Improved energy efficiency translates into reduced levels of air pollutants and greenhouse gas emissions as well as lower costs.
  • Waste ReductionGraymont is committed to operating all of its facilities with zero waste through continuous improvement in two areas:
    • Converting all disturbed earth and rock into value-added products or into materials used for site reclamation
    • Recycling other materials rather than sending them to land-fill

In today’s world of heightened environmental awareness and increasingly stringent regulations, lime has become the reagent of choice for numerous environmental remediation applications.

For instance, lime is commonly used for the removal of acidic gases, particularly sulfur dioxide (SO2) and hydrogen chloride (HCl). In fact, more than 90% of U.S. flue-gas desulfurization systems use lime or limestone control technologies. Lime-based technology is also being used to remove sulfur trioxide (SO3), fine particulates and mercury.

Lime can also be used for effective treatment of sewage bio-solids, including municipal wastewater, industrial sludge, petroleum wastes and acidic drainage from active or abandoned mine sites.

As well, lime is a cost-effective reagent for the treatment of animal wastes, particularly in the case of large feed-lot operations.

Those are just a few examples of a multitude of lime applications that can help safeguard our environment.

In today’s world of heightened environmental awareness and increasingly stringent regulations, lime has become the reagent of choice for numerous environmental remediation applications.

For instance, lime is commonly used for the removal of acidic gases, particularly sulfur dioxide (SO2) and hydrogen chloride (HCl). In fact, more than 90% of U.S. flue-gas desulfurization systems use lime or limestone control technologies. Lime-based technology is also being used to remove sulfur trioxide (SO3), fine particulates and mercury.

Lime can also be used for effective treatment of sewage bio-solids, including municipal wastewater, industrial sludge, petroleum wastes and acidic drainage from active or abandoned mine sites.

As well, lime is a cost-effective reagent for the treatment of animal wastes, particularly in the case of large feed-lot operations.

Those are just a few examples of a multitude of lime applications that can help safeguard our environment.


The Balance Sheet on SOx Emissions

In 2012, Graymont facilities emitted approximately 3,000 tonnes of oxides of sulphur (SOx). But in that same year, Graymont products prevented the emission of approximately 362,000 tonnes of SOx from facilities in other industries.

Striving to be an all-round, world-class company necessitates achieving an outstanding level of performance in the crucial area of health and safety.

Graymont aspires to create a work environment where employees function day in and day out without injury. To that end, we are continuing to develop and implement organization-wide safety standards, which emphasize employee involvement through safety committees, internal safety audits, training and certification, as well as strict adherence to safe work habits.

In 2012, Graymont’s key reportable safety incident rate per 100 workers was 2.12, which represented a 20% improvement from 2011 and compared favourably with the 2012 metal/non-metal mining industry average of 2.3%.

We are striving for continuous improve in health and safety, with the ultimate goal of zero injuries and zero incidents.

Everywhere Graymont operates, we strive to be a responsible corporate citizen, a good neighbour and an employer of choice.

We believe the foundation of being a good neighbour is open and honest communication. To that end, Graymont endeavours to be proactive in communicating our plans and seeking community input on initiatives that might impact our neighbours, so that their ideas can be considered and potential issues identified and addressed early on.

Like all companies, Graymont is somewhat constrained in terms of available time and resources and the need to address multiple priorities. Nevertheless, Graymont endeavours to contribute to the well-being and quality of life through investments in community programs, projects and activities, and by encouraging and supporting employee involvement in the broader community.

As well, we take a proactive approach to building and maintaining meaningful relationships with Aboriginal People and First Nations in the regions where we operate.

Get in Touch

If you have any questions or comments about the project we would like to hear from you. We would be happy to provide you with available information, add your name to our mailing list, or refer your questions to appropriate specialists on our project team. Please contact our representative:

Rob Beleutz

604-249-1911
rbeleutz@graymont.com