Canadian Cement Industry Commends Canada’s Participation in Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition

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Toronto, July 15, 2016 - Today, the Cement Association of Canada was pleased to become a member of the Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition as a strategic partner and to join with other leading Canadian companies participating in a joint statement issued by the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change.

The Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition (CPLC) is a voluntary initiative that supports and encourages the successful implementation of carbon pricing around the world. It was initiated by the World Bank at the 2014 United Nations Climate Change Summit in New York City and officially launched in 2015 at COP21 in Paris.

“Well designed carbon pricing systems can drive innovation and prepare companies and communities to prosper in a competitive, low carbon and climate resilient economy,” said Michael McSweeney, President and CEO, Cement Association of Canada. “We have long advocated for carbon pricing in Canada and globally and are eager to continue our work with the federal and provincial governments to help them design and implement climate policies that support the goals of the Paris Agreement, protect and enhance the competitiveness of domestic industry and promote alignment on carbon pricing among our trading partners.”

The CAC welcomes the Government of Canada’s open, transparent and collaborative approach to the climate change challenge. As key players in the built environment that underpins our modern economy, the cement and concrete industry knows it will play a leading role in addressing the climate challenge. It will play a proactive and solutions focused role in helping Canada reduce its greenhouse gas emissions and helping our communities from coast to coast adapt to the impacts of climate change. 

The Cement Association of Canada is a member of the Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition as a strategic partner and participates with other leading Canadian companies in a joint statement issued by the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change. CAC President and CEO Michael McSweeney is standing to the right of Minister McKenna. 

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, CRH Canada Group, Essroc Italcementi Group, Federal White Cement Ltd., Lafarge Canada Inc., Lehigh Hanson Canada and St Marys Cement – A Votorantim Cimentos Company. The cement and concrete industry’s contribution to the Canadian economy is estimated to be $82 billion in direct and indirect impact and 170,000 direct, indirect and induced jobs.

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For more information, please contact:

Lyse Teasdale 
Director, Communications 
Cement Association of Canada 
lteasdale@cement.ca 
T: 613-236-9471; ext 211