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Investment is Key to a Successful Climate Change Strategy.
Tom Rosser, Chief Economist
Isabelle Des Chênes, Director, Communications/Directrice, Communications
Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC)
Association des produits forestiers du Canada (APFC)
99 Bank Street, Suite 410
Ottawa, ON K1P 6B9 Canada
Tel: (613) 563-1441 ext. 323
trosser@fpac.ca, ideschenes@fpac.ca
Perhaps more than any other industrial sector, the future of Canada’s forest products industry is almost entirely dependent on the continued well being of Canada’s ecosystem which explains why the industry is more than a casual observer of the debate around climate change policy.  Unfortunately, lost in the political rhetoric around climate change are three simple truths: we need to take action; it requires deep re-tooling; and investments must be aligned with market realities. The forest products industry has a terrific story to tell when it comes to addressing climate change; one which can serve as a positive example to other industries.  Despite challenging market conditions, the forest products sector has re-tooled, investing billions annually in facility upgrades and innovative practices in a continued effort to mitigate the causes and impacts of climate change.  As a result the sector has already surpassed Canada’s original Kyoto targets by more than five times, reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by 44% since 1990 during a time where production has increased by 20%.  The industry can speak first hand as to how climate change mitigation is easier in practice than it is in theory.
Session participants will learn:

1)      how Canada is one of the least “effecting” countries when it comes to climate change, yet it is one of the most “affected” nations in terms of impact on the  environment;

2)      that climate change cannot be addressed through a simple emissions-reduction approach but must instead be considered through a “re-tooling” lens;

3)      how Canada’s forest products industry has re-tooled to achieve a leadership position on air quality improvements and reductions in greenhouse gas emissions;

4)      how a predictable policy regime can facilitate investment, boosting competitiveness while addressing air quality and other environmental priorities.

 
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8:00 AM-8:00 PM, Friday, June 15, 2007, Oral

The Ontario, Canada 2007 Meeting