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Cement Association of Canada Welcomes Ontario Government’s Joint Reviews of Regional Growth Plans
The simultaneous review of these plans will help ensure a comprehensive approach to the region’s growth
Ottawa, February 27, 2015 - The Cement Association of Canada (CAC) welcomes the Ontario government’s announcement to simultaneously conduct the reviews of the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, the Greenbelt Plan, the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan, as well as the Niagara Escarpment Plan. These plans will play a key role in Ontario developing a comprehensive approach to building an economically and environmentally sustainable region.
Ontario’s cement companies and their concrete partners are helping build these compact, complete communities in a way that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions while ensuring these communities are great places to live, work and play ? communities that have the appropriate urban and suburban density to support public transit investments while also protecting valuable natural heritage areas.
Over the course of the review, the cement and concrete industry will also be working with its partners at the Cornerstone Standards Council which, in January, released the world’s first voluntary standard for the responsible siting, operation and rehabilitation of aggregate pits and quarries. This voluntary standard will help improve the process for approving aggregate operations while ensuring Ontarians have access to local, environmentally sustainable aggregates.
The CAC is supportive of a balanced approach that integrates economic and environmental considerations. It looks forward to working with the government of Ontario to provide input on how this plan review and the current discussion paper on climate change will help Ontario rethink how we plan, build and power our communities to transition to a low-carbon and resilient economy.
- Concrete is the most widely used material in the world, after water. Nearly 3 tonnes of concrete is manufactured for every man, woman, and child on the planet every year.
- Concrete’s thermal mass can facilitate energy efficiency improvements of up to 80% in buildings when twinned with smart energy technologies and design.
- Similarly, concrete highways can increase fuel efficiency by up to 7% ? a potentially significant contribution to reducing GHGs in the transportation sector.
- The cement and concrete industry has made significant progress in reducing its carbon footprint, lowering its GHG intensity by almost 15% in the last twenty years while delivering sustainable solutions for above and below ground infrastructure. The sector is working to lower emissions even further.
- The industry recently introduced a new lower-carbon cement called Contempra, which reduces GHGs by an additional 10% compared to regular cement while preserving concrete’s high standards for strength and durability.
“We welcome the government’s decision to conduct a joint review of these important urban and environmental plans. Our industry is helping build the Greater Golden Horseshoe in a way that is environmentally and economically sustainable and we look forward to working hand-in-hand with the government to ensure the long term sustainability and vibrancy of such an important region of the country.”
Michael McSweeney, President and CEO, Cement Association of Canada
About 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. CAC's members are: Ciment Québec Inc., Colacem Canada Inc., ESSROC Italcementi Group, Federal White Cement Ltd., Holcim (Canada) Inc., Lafarge Canada Inc, Lehigh Hanson and St Marys Cement Group. The cement and concrete industry contributes more than $8 billion in annual sales and over 27,000 direct and indirect jobs to the Canadian economy.
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