The Cement Association of Canada (CAC) strongly supports the Ontario government’s renewed commitment to develop new alternative fuel rules in 2014 to help big, energy-intensive industries reduce their GHG emissions.
The commitment forms part of Premier Kathleen Wynne’s mandate letter to Environment and Climate Change Minister Glen Murray, and is a key element of the government’s plan for “Moving Forward on Climate Change,” according to the CAC.
“Premier Wynne’s government is demonstrating leadership on climate change, promoting solutions that are good for both the environment and the economy,” says Michael McSweeney, CAC’s president and CEO. “We look forward to working with Minister Murray and the environmental community to continue our industry’s progress on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and other air pollutants.”
The CAC says the cement industry is eager to continue its efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and shifting to lower-carbon fuels will help achieve these goals. In addition, bringing Ontario’s regulatory framework for alternative fuels in line with leading practices globally will help bridge the gap with Europe and other jurisdictions, where fuel substitution rates are more than ten times higher than in Ontario.