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CAC supports the Liberal Party’s commitment to lower emissions

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Following the victory of the Liberal Party of Canada in the Canadian general election, the Cement Association of Canada emphasised its support of the party’s commitment to join with provinces and territories to put a price on carbon and reduce carbon pollution. As part of their election platform the party committed to a CAN$2 billion Low Carbon Economy Trust to fund projects that will help reduce carbon emissions and place municipalities at the forefront of renewed investment in greener and more prosperous communities.

“The cement and concrete industry agree that putting a price on carbon is an essential first step to accelerate the leadership and investment in a low carbon future that is already evident in our industry and in some other sectors,” said CAC President and CEO Michael McSweeney. “Like the Prime Minister-designate, our industry is a strong proponent of collaboration. When it comes to addressing climate change, we’re walking the talk not only by reducing our emissions, but by helping governments and communities across Canada adapt and secure a low carbon and prosperous future.”

“As these and other infrastructure investments are made, the Cement Association of Canada urges the new Government to make life cycle assessment a core tool for decision-making as they seek the greatest economic, environmental and social value from investments in our built environment,” Mr. McSweeney said.

In addition, Mr. McSweeney noted, “Canada must show leadership on climate change. The cement and concrete industry know this is a collective challenge and stand ready to do our part. With Canada’s most populous provinces already moving ahead with carbon pricing and other climate policies, a key role for the federal government will be to encourage national coherence, but most importantly, to secure Canada’s trade competitiveness in markets that have yet to adopt equivalent climate policies. The federal government is in the best position to help ensure that local, provincial and national efforts to price carbon and reduce carbon emissions don’t put our industries at risk from the competitiveness imbalances they may create with firms operating in import-export markets which do not have equivalent carbon pricing and policies in place.”

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