North American Collaboration
The Western Climate Initiative (WCI) is a collaborative partnership between seven U.S. states and four Canadian provinces to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 15% below 2005 levels by 2020 through the implementation of a regional cap-and-trade system. British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec are members and together represent 79% of the Canadian population and 73% of the Canadian gross domestic product. As WCI Partners, British Columbia and Quebec are required to develop and implement cap-and-trade legislation.
The cement sector is included in the scope of the proposed cap-and-trade and will be required to achieve a target set by each jurisdiction. In order to avoid possible leakage of cement production and economic benefit, the Cement Association of Canada is strongly advocating for the application of a uniform sector approach to target setting across the WCI jurisdiction.
To learn more about the Western Climate Initiative and its Cap-and-Trade Program or to view the Cement Association of Canada's comments on recently released white papers, click here.