Business Coalition for a Clean Economy submits its wish list to federal party leaders

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      The Business Coalition for a Clean Economy sent the following open letter to federal party leaders:

      October 8, 2019

      Mr. Yves-François Blanchet
      Leader, Bloc Québécois
      402–3750 Crémazie Boulevard East
      Montréal, QC  H2A 1B6

      Mr. Andrew Scheer
      Leader, Conservative Party of Canada
      1720–130 Albert St.
      Ottawa, ON  K1P 5G4

      Ms. Elizabeth May
      Leader, Green Party of Canada
      812–116 Albert St.
      Ottawa, ON  K1P 5G3

      The Right Hon. Justin Trudeau
      Leader, Liberal Party of Canada
      920–350 Albert St.
      Ottawa, ON  K1P 6M8

      Mr. Jagmeet Singh
      Leader, New Democratic Party
      300–279 Laurier Ave. West
      Ottawa, ON  K1P 5J9

      Mr. Maxime Bernier
      Leader, People’s Party of Canada
      205–290 Saint-Joseph Boulevard
      Gatineau, QC  J8Y 3Y3

      Dear Party Leaders:

      Re: A strong climate plan is key to Canada’s economic prosperity

      We are leading businesses and organizations that are proud to operate in British Columbia and employ Canadians. We believe building a sustainable, clean economy, powered by renewable energy, is key to ensuring Canada’s future prosperity in a rapidly changing world. The Business Coalition for a Clean Economy represents more than 40 companies, 13,000 jobs, and more than $4.3 billion in annual revenues.

      For all businesses, climate change is a risk to the bottom line. Taking action on climate now is also a once-in-a-generation opportunity for Canada to demonstrate real global leadership, create jobs, encourage innovation, build healthy and safe communities, and address the growing concerns surrounding waste.

      Strong climate policy provides certainty and is good for business. That’s why the Business Coalition for a Clean Economy supports a national climate plan for Canada that makes good on our Paris Agreement commitment to limit global warming to 1.5–2°C (above pre-industrial levels) and calls for renewed leadership on climate solutions in Canada.

      As a global player in the energy industry and a leader in environmental performance and the innovation economy, Canada has an important role to play in leading the global transition to prosperous low-carbon economies worldwide. By taking a leadership role in building a clean economy, Canada can nurture the best and brightest minds and most innovative companies to mobilize all toward creating jobs, growth, and affordable clean energy.

      We believe Canada’s next climate plan should take action on the following priorities:

      1. Reduce carbon pollution in all economic sectors

      We need to look at all the contributors to carbon pollution across the economy and take action accordingly. This includes, but is not limited to, the industrial, transportation, and building sectors, each of which is faced with unique challenges requiring tailored solutions. With some of the most ambitious policies in North America, B.C. offers a prime example of how Canada can transition to clean energy, grow a prosperous economy, and achieve climate targets.

      2. Invest in renewable energy

      A clean energy grid is essential to further decarbonization. When investing in energy infrastructure to fuel our industries, homes, and communities, we need to make choices that will result in jobs for the future, cleaner air, less volatile weather, and a more stable climate.

      3. Invest in clean innovation

      Canada should be on a path to export both our clean technology and expertise, such as developing renewable energy and low carbon fuels, energy storage, and carbon capture, removal and utilisation. Solving our carbon pollution problems here at home offers environmental gain with a significant economic upside.

      4. Put a price on carbon pollution

      Simply put, carbon pricing is both the fairest and most cost-effective policy to drive down carbon pollution across the economy. Over time, carbon pricing results in lowered emissions. In B.C., the economy is thriving after a decade under the carbon tax. Canada needs to incentivize emissions reductions with a strong carbon pricing policy that is simple, stringent, and stable.

      5. Invest in training for clean economy careers

      To set Canadians up for success, we need to seize the long-term economic opportunities that come from the growing clean economy. That means jobs and skills training to design, manufacture, and operate low carbon energy infrastructure and technology in Canada, as well as export our products and expertise.

      6. Ensure transparency and accountability

      We need a transparent process whereby the government forecasts carbon pollution (with targets for each sector), tracks and publicly reports progress, submits this data for independent verification, and adjusts policies accordingly. Making this a legal requirement will safeguard gains and ensure they are built upon.

      7. Protect land and freshwater ecosystems

      Significant swaths of Canada’s landscape—including forests and wetlands—store vast amounts of carbon. Canada’s next climate plan should include a commitment and incentives to ensure Canada’s terrestrial and freshwater areas with high-carbon storage value are protected or managed, to simultaneously slow climate change and biodiversity loss.

      8. Increase investment in adaptation and resiliency

      Climate change is costing Canadian’s taxpayers, governments, and businesses billions each and every year. More must be done to limit these losses. Canada must increase its investment in measures that help Canadian families and businesses adapt and build resilience to the increased risk of extreme weather that has resulted from climate change.

      The Pembina Institute created this video to encourage businesses to come together to promote a clean economy.

      Climate change is both a challenge and an economic opportunity for Canada. Now more than ever, we need to demonstrate bold, sustained leadership by prioritizing investments in the clean future. We therefore call on your parties to incorporate the above criteria into your climate and clean economy plans.


      Jon Hoerauf, president, Arc’teryx

      Bob Landell, principal, Avalon Mechanical Consultants Ltd.

      Nicolas Pocard, director of marketing, Ballard Power Systems

      David Harris, owner, Bulkley Valley Brewery

      Christine Carter, regional sales director, Bullfrog Power

      Steve Oldham, CEO, Carbon Engineering Ltd.

      Robert Niven, CEO, CarbonCure Technologies

      Elizabeth Sheehan, president, Climate Smart Businesses

      Kristy O’Leary, director of impact, Cove Continuity Advisors

      Daniel Terry, president, Denman Island Chocolate

      Benjamin Ernst, co-owner, Earnest Ice Cream

      Denise Taschereau, CEO, Fairware

      Leonard Schein, president, Festival Cinemas Ltd.

      Eric Beckwitt, CEO, Freightera

      Sonny Wong, president, Hamazaki Wong Marketing Group

      Ryan Holmes, CEO, Hootsuite

      Colleen Giroux-Schmidt, vice president for corporate relations, Innergex Renewable Energy

      George Nickel, director of business development, Innotech Windows + Doors

      Lisa Westerhoff, associate, Integral Group

      Katrina Shum, sustainability manager for North America, Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics

      Patrick Nangle, CEO, Modo Co-operative

      Neil Thomson, CEO, Naked Snacks

      Arran Stephens and Ratana Stephens, co-CEOs, Nature’s Path Foods

      Karen Tam Wu, B.C. director, Pembina Institute

      Shaun Mayhew, sales and marketing manager, Penfolds Roofing & Solar

      Jenn Vervier, CEO, Persephone Brewing

      Matt Phillips, founding brewer, Phillips Brewing Co.

      Julie Strilesky, director of government affairs, Portable Electric

      Sarah Smith, principal, Prism Engineering

      Louise Schwarz, co-owner, Recycling Alternative

      Teresa Reid, principal, Reid’s Automotive Recycling Ltd.

      Joel Solomon, partner, Renewal Funds and Interdependent Investments

      Elyse Crowston, director of (impact) investor relations, Rhiza Capital

      Mickey McLeod, CEO, Salt Spring Coffee

      Chris Arkell, cofounder, Sea to Sky Removal

      Sean McStay, national sales manager, SIGA

      Eleanor O’Connor, president of production services, Sim

      Cedric Dauchot, co-owner, Townsite Brewing Inc.

      Greg Malpass, CEO, Traction on Demand

      Tamara Vrooman, CEO, Vancity

      Pete Mitchell, president, Vancouver Film Studios

      Rob Baxter, co-owner, VREC Solar

      Neal Turner, general manager, Westeck Windows

      Melissa Orozco, founder, Yulu PR