Michael McSweeney Remarks to the Standing Senate Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources (ENEV)

Bill C12 An Act respecting transparency and accountability in Canada’s efforts to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by the year 2050

June 9, 2021

Senators,

Good afternoon,  I’m the president of the Cement Association of Canada. Thank you for the opportunity to share a few brief remarks on the defining issue of our time – climate change.

Cement and concrete are essential strategic commodities in the modern world and will play a central role in Canadian efforts to modernize our buildings and infrastructure so that we can meet the low-carbon and climate resilience challenge. In the next 5 years Canada will produce some 55 million tones of cement and 400 million tonnes of concrete – that would fill enough concrete mixer trucks to circle the globe 4.5 times. Decarbonizing the cement sector needs to be a priority.

Right across the country the cement and concrete industry has unflinchingly supported strong and effective climate policy, including putting a price on pollution.

Read the full remarks: M.McSweeney Remarks ENEV Bill C12 June 2021