Cement Industry Expresses Cautious Appreciation of Quebec’s Approach to Cap-and-Trade Program

Ottawa, ON, July 6, 2011 - The Cement Association of Canada (CAC) has conveyed cautious appreciation of the decision announced today by the government of Quebec  to implement its cap-and-trade program in two phases, reiterating its concerns while expressing optimism that the approach will allow the industry to provide necessary input into the regulation. The program will be initiated in 2012, and compliance requirements will come into effect in 2013, which is consistent with the approach announced by the State of California on June 29.

“We understand Quebec’s decision to develop a cap-and-trade system and, given the potentially significant competitive and economic impacts of the program on our industry, we appreciate this staged approach,” said Cement Association of Canada President and CEO Michael McSweeney. “It is crucial that the transition phase be used by the government to listen to  our concerns and adjust the regulation if needed.   We reiterate our commitment to continue working with our government colleagues to develop measures that will ensure our common environmental and economic objectives are met.”

Concerned that the absence of similar programs in Ontario and neighbouring American states would place Quebec’s cement manufacturers at a disadvantage, the CAC has been urging all Western Climate Initiative (WCI) partners, including the governments of British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec, to adopt a harmonized approach to climate change legislation so that the Quebec cement industry can remain competitive, especially as Canada and the U.S. emerge from the recent recession.

About the Cement Association of Canada

The Cement Association of Canada (CAC) is the voice of Canada’s cement manufacturing industry, a vital contributor to the country’s economy and infrastructure.   Through the World Business Council on Sustainable Development (WBCSD), member companies of the CAC have contributed to the development of, and continue to work on implementing the Cement Sustainability Initiative (CSI).  The cement and concrete industry in Quebec contributes more than $1.9 billion in total revenue and approximately 7000 direct and indirect jobs to the provincial economy.

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