Cement Association Applauds Government of Ontario for Focus on Climate Change in Infrastructure Planning

Ottawa, November 28, 2017 – On the heels of the Ontario’s government’s announcement today of its Long-Term Infrastructure Plan, the Cement Association of Canada (CAC) congratulates the government for taking a leadership role in ensuring infrastructure planning takes climate change into consideration.

“The Cement Association of Canada has been a long-time advocate of taking a lifecycle approach to infrastructure planning”, said CAC President and CEO Michael McSweeney. “The leadership the Ontario government is demonstrating today on climate change adaptation, mitigation and lifecycle planning will ensure Ontario is a leader in the transition to the low carbon economy.”

The Long-Term Infrastructure Plan states that, starting in 2019, lifecycle analysis will be implemented as a way to support evidence-based infrastructure decisions. The Plan aims to have a lifecycle analysis requirement for major infrastructure projects by mid-2020. Lifecycle analysis is a method for calculating the lifetime environmental impact of a product or service. It helps ensure that infrastructure investments deliver maximum economic, social and environmental value.

“The cement industry has been a champion of this approach and looks forward to continuing our partnership with the Ontario government during its implementation,” added Mr. McSweeney. “The cement and concrete industry shares responsibility for shaping prosperous, low-carbon, climate-resilient communities. We are part of the solution and are by your side to build for the clean economy.”

The Cement Association of Canada

The Cement Association of Canada (CAC) is the voice of Canada’s cement manufacturers. The industry provides a reliable, domestic supply of cement required to build Canada’s communities and critical infrastructure. The CAC and its members are committed to the environmentally responsible manufacturing of cement and concrete products. In Ontario, the CAC’s members are CRH Canada Group, Federal White Cement Ltd., Lafarge Canada Inc., Lehigh Hanson Canada and St Marys Cement – A Votorantim Cimentos Company. The cement and concrete industry contributes to 50,000 direct and indirect jobs across the province, generates over $6 billion in economic activity and supports a $37 billion construction industry.

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For more information contact:

Lyse Teasdale
Director, Communications
Cement Association of Canada
Tel: 613-236-9471, ext 211

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