Saint-Gobain, through its building products subsidiary CertainTeed Canada Inc., announced plans to invest CAD 91M, including CAD 40M in grant money from the government of Quebec, via its EcoPerformance program, to upgrade equipment at its Montreal wallboard manufacturing facility and reduce its carbon emissions by up to 44,000 metric tonnes/year, creating the first zero-carbon drywall plant in North America. The reduction in emissions associated with the equipment upgrades at the plant is the equivalent of removing 9,500 cars from the road.
The equipment upgrades will also reduce the site’s energy usage by 30%, creating one of the most energy-efficient wallboard plants in the world, and the plant will transition away from using fossil fuels to solely being powered by renewable electricity from Hydro-Québec.
Additionally, the upgrades will increase the Montreal plant’s production capacity by up to 40%.
All of the production equipment at the Montreal plant will be upgraded to newer equipment powered by renewably-sourced electricity. These upgrades will allow the manufacturing operations at the plant to achieve carbon neutrality. Construction on the project is scheduled to begin in the summer of 2023 and the new equipment will come online in late 2024.