EDMONTON – An Alberta association is cementing its approval for new provincial emission regulations.
The Cement Association of Canada (CAC) is applauding the province’s implementation starting January 2018 of an output-based allocations system, which will set industry-specific performance benchmarks for emission intensive, trade-exposed industries.
The government released its Output-Based Allocations framework on Dec. 6. In the case of Alberta, this new framework would affect two cement plants, Lafarge in Exshaw and Lehigh in Edmonton.
“From the cement industry’s perspective, today’s framework demonstrates that the Alberta government understands the pressures EITE industries face to remain competitive in the global market. Climate change is the single most important issue facing our society today and Alberta’s Climate Leadership Plan lays the foundation for industries to play a major role in assisting government in meeting its 2030 targets and transitioning to a low carbon economy,” said CAC president and CEO Mike McSweeney in a statement.
“The cement industry in Alberta is a leader in innovation, and we look forward to engaging the province in keeping our industry competitive while fostering further innovation to lower our environmental footprint.”
Previously, regulated facilities in Alberta operated under the Specified Gas Emitters Regulation, which came into effect in 2007 and required facilities that emit 100,000 tonnes or more of greenhouse gases a year to reduce their emissions intensity.
“The cement industry will continue to be a vocal advocate for the introduction of robust GHG reduction policies that protect EITE industries from carbon leakage and ensure that the Alberta cement industry can remain competitive in a carbon constrained economy,” a CAC news release stated.