FPAC calls for change on climate
October 16, 2008 By Pulp & Paper Canada
With the same but a strengthened government in place, president and CEO of FPAC Avrim Lazar took the opportunity to…
With the same but a strengthened government in place, president and CEO of FPAC Avrim Lazar took the opportunity to call on the Conservatives to ramp up efforts to address climate change.
Speaking at the Business of Climate Change Conference on Wednesday, Lazar said the question is not how to move the environmental agenda forward, but rather, how to design “aggressive environmental progress.”
The Forest Products Association of Canada has some suggestions of its own, including the developing of policy that regards the climate change problem as a global challenge and addresses it as such.
“Ignoring environmental pressures during hard economic times will just put Canada further behind the curve,” Lazar appealed. “Industry has no choice but to take action on climate change in order to remain competitive our customers around the world demand it. And more than ever before, we need to know our governments are on board.”
Lazar identified measures to assess environmental policies to ensure they meet duelling demands of climate change and the economy. He noted the importance of ensuring the policy allows for a low carbon footprint future, of making sure the policy is trade neutral, that it adopts an international market perspective and that it prepares the economy for a changed climate.
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