CIAC appears before Senate Committee studying Bill C-74 to discuss carbon-pricing legislation

Isabelle Des Chênes, CIAC Executive Vice-President, and Shannon Watt, Director of Environment and Health Policy, appeared before the Senate Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources on May 3, 2018. Senators are conducting a pre-study of the provisions of Bill C-74, the budget implementation bill, that deal with the government’s plan to price greenhouse gas emissions.

CIAC and its members support efforts to reduce global carbon emissions and have worked collaboratively with both provincial and federal officials to ensure that carbon policies and pricing mechanisms improve environmental performance, avoid double-regulation and maintain Canada’s competitiveness.

Ms. Des Chênes noted that “Canada should support a carbon policy that recognizes emission-intensive, trade-exposed sectors and encourages investments in the Canadian chemistry sector. Additionally, given the incredible investments in innovations and technologies to improve performance around air emissions and climate change, Canada’s proposed output-based allocation process should focus on benchmarking Canadian chemistry operations and performance against global competitors.”

Additionally, Ms. Watt reinforced the point that government needs to provide a comprehensive analysis of the cumulative impacts of the suite of climate change policies including the proposed Clean Fuel Standard.

Watch the CPAC recording: Fuel Suppliers Discuss the Carbon Tax

Panelists discuss Canada’s low carbon future at the Industrial Gas Users Association’s Spring Seminar

CIAC President and CEO Bob Masterson gave a brief overview of chemistry’s role in Canada’s transition to the low-carbon energy future at a panel for the Industrial Gas Users Association Spring Seminar in Montebello, Quebec on Tuesday, May 15.

The topic of the seminar panel was Heavy Industry is Necessary in Canada’s Low Carbon Future. Speakers touched on topics such as the Paris Accord, the Pan-Canadian Framework, as well as near-term and long-term targets.

“Demand for chemistry products are forecast to triple in the next 20 years. And it isn’t hard to see why: the products our members make enable our modern, more sustainable way of life,” Mr. Masterson told the crowd.

“We all need sound policies from our government that encourage growth while meeting the needs of our global commitments to sustainability. The world truly needs more good chemistry – made-in-Canada chemistry – to meet our low-carbon goals.”

The invitation only, two-day event included key natural gas stakeholders including users, pipelines and utilities, marketers, regulators and policy makers. Other participants in the panel discussion included the Mining Association of Canada, the Forest Products Association of Canada and the Canadian Steel Producers Association.

Learn about chemistry’s role in clean tech and the low-carbon economy at the Sixth Estate

Please join Shannon Watt, CIAC Director of Environment and Health Policy, on May 1 for what promises to be a lively discussion on the growing business of clean tech in Canada.

From building insulation and lighter plastics for vehicles, to solar panels and wind turbines, the products that will help move society to a more sustainable future need chemistry. Canada must fully develop the potential of its chemistry industry so it can deliver solutions to reduce emissions both within the industry, throughout Canada and around the world.

Read Shannon’s op-ed on the topic here.

 The Sixth Estate Before the Bell panel discussion

National Arts Centre, 1 Elgin Street, Ottawa Ontario

May 1, 2018. 7:30 to 9a.m. ET

Speakers include:

  • Shannon Watt, CIAC Director of Environment and Health Policy
  • Industry experts from Export Development Canada, Business Development Bank of Canada, Ecotech Quebec and the Globe and Mail.

If you are not able to attend in person, watch live online here.

Responsible Care Conference Save the Date

TRANSCAER® and Perth County Paramedic Services team up to deliver safety training to first responders

More than 100 emergency responders and agencies gathered this past September in Stratford, Ontario for a series of training sessions on dangerous goods hosted by TRANSCAER®. The event featured three one-day training sessions at Perth County Paramedic Services’ headquarters and educated emergency responder staff, municipal officials and industry personnel on the best approaches for handling transportation incidents involving dangerous goods.

Joseph Caponio, Manager, Transportation Services, ERCO Worldwide, as well as the Chair of the Ontario Regional TRANSCAER® Committee, said the goal of the event was to give first responders information about the dangerous goods that may be travelling through their communities through various modes of transportation, including by rail.

Caponio collaborated with Dave Colvin, Emergency Management Coordinator for Perth County, after Colvin reached out to TRANSCAER® to plan the event because of his previous awareness of how the program works.

Colvin said he started working with TRANSCAER® over five years ago. With this event, he “really wanted to bring transportation emergency response to the attention of key municipal decision makers.”

“In Perth County, we only have awareness level training for hazmat in our fire departments. It is also important that paramedics, police, and public works have an overview of some of the products going through our region,” Colvin added.

The event organizers focused the training around certain chemical products – mainly anhydrous ammonia, propane, chlorine and flammable liquids.

“These chemicals are typically ones that not only go through their community, but are of heightened concern,” Caponio said.

This outreach event combined both classroom and hands-on learning opportunities.  Industry experts from Transport Canada, Goderich-Exeter Railway (GEXR) and Shell Canada, among others, presented a variety of lessons to attendees in a classroom setting. Topics included first responder strategies for dangerous goods incidents and Emergency Response Assistance Plans (ERAPs).

Outdoor portions of the event included a review of the construction, safety and design of cargo tank trucks as well as emergency response and spill contractor equipment.

CCC energy conservation initatives

  1. Initial problem presented that warranted this new practice.
    Black roof tops, no natural lighting coming into warehouses

  2. Brief explanation/description of the practice. 
    Reviewed options to remedy and decided on a better roofing material, that did not absorb heat (white membrane) and installed skylights in areas of the warehouse that would benefit from day light instead of lighting fixtures.

  3. Resources used to implement this practice 
    Internal H&S Manager to set up hierarchy, management team to assess recognition categories, external resource of “CSI international” to provide a platform for recognition and redemption of various items.
  4. Outcomes of the practice
    1. Benefits of the practice. 
      Maintenance department and external contractors
    2. Limitations of the practice.
      Flat roofing for the white membrane
      Skylights need fall restrictions placed around their perimeter.

      5. Photos 
      a) If possible, provide images of the described practice. 

      b) Provide a short description of each photo. 
      No photo to share

      6. Please send any external documents (pdf or other shareable format), that best present the best practice along with this form at lrobitaille@canadianchemistry.ca. 

      7. Contact Information 
      Name: Ryan Draper
      Title: Environment, Health and Safety Manager
      Telephone Number: 519-669-1332 x124
      Email: ryan.draper@ccc-group.com

Bulletin de l’ACIC – Actualités au Québec

ENTENTE ACIC-MÉSI


Protocole d’entente 2017-2018

Depuis quelques années nous maintenons un partenariat stratégique avec le Ministère de l’Économie, de la Science et de l’Innovation (MÉSI) et plus particulièrement avec M. Jocelin Dumas, sous-ministre et avec M. Mario Bouchard, sous-ministre adjoint.  C’est avec le MÉSI que nous organisons à chaque année notre activité de décembre avec les quatre autres ministères (Finances, MDDELCC, MÉRN et Transports) nous permettant de discuter de nos enjeux de compétitivité.

Cette année, suite à de nombreuses discussions, nous en sommes venus à rédiger un protocole d’entente où le MÉSI va contribuer à l’essor de l’industrie de la chimie au Québec.  Ce protocole d’entente présente les particularités suivantes :

  • Révision des paramètres du SPEDE ;
  • Améliorer la compétitivité des tarifs d’électricité ;
  • Supporter la refonte de la Loi en environnement;
  • Maintenir la tenue de nos réunions conjointes ;
  • Demeurer un partenaire dans l’organisation de la journée de la chimie en 2018 ;
  • Maintenir la tenue de notre réunion annuelle de décembre avec les 5 ministères.

De plus, le MÉSI va faciliter la présence de l’ACIC aux rencontres consultatives ayant un impact sur ses enjeux.  Nous sommes fiers de ce protocole d’entente qui va améliorer la compétitivité de l’industrie de la chimie au Québec.

SPEDE POST 2020

De nombreuses rencontres ont eu lieu depuis l’automne dernier afin d’amenuiser l’impact de réduction des allocations gratuites annoncé par le Ministère du Développement Durable, de l’Environnement et de la Lutte contre les Changements Climatiques (MDDELCC).  Des rencontres ont été tenues pour présenter la position de l’ACIC et des rencontres avec nos compagnies membres pour présenter l’impact de telles réductions.  Nous avons également participé à des rencontres sectorielles de la table sectorielle de la chimie.  Lors d’une récente mise à jour de sa proposition, le MDDELCC avait améliorer la réduction des allocations gratuites lors de sa dernière proposition.  L’ACIC a soumis un document support afin de démontrer que la réduction était encore inacceptable.  Nous sommes en attente de la prépublication du règlement dans la Gazette officielle.  Ce dossier est travaillé conjointement avec le Conseil Patronal de l’Environnement du Québec (CPEQ) et l’ensemble des associations patronales du Québec.

Les prochaines semaines devraient nous permettre de mesurer l’impact économique du SPEDE post 2020 avec la publication du règlement officiel.

ACCORD DE LIBRE-ÉCHANGE

Au cours des dernières semaines l’ACIC a participé activement à l’analyse de l’accord de libre-échange à l’aube des négociations amorcées afin de moderniser cet accord.  De manière plus spécifique, notre équipe à Ottawa a insisté sur les paramètres suivants dans le cadre de cette négociation :

  • L’accès au marché ;
  •  modernisation des règles d’origines ;
  • La facilité des échanges ;
  • La coopération réglementaire ;
  • L’harmonisation des pratiques.

ACTIVITÉS DE RELATIONS GOUVERNEMENTALES

En plus des rencontres associées au dossier du SPEDE poste 2020, l’ACIC a assisté aux rencontres conjointes avec le Ministère de l’Énergie et des Ressources Naturelles (MÉRN) et du MDDELCC.  Respectivement, ces rencontres ont permis de se familiariser avec l nouvelle entité « Transition Énergie Québec » et de mieux saisir les améliorations souhaitées par la nouvelle Loi sur la qualité de l’environnement.

Également, nous avons tenu une rencontre à Québec avec le directeur général (M. Louis Germain) de la Direction de l’électricité (MÉRN) afin d’aborder les tarifs d’électricité.  Deux compagnies membres ont pu présenter les tarifs comparatifs de leur marché afin de démontrer que le tarif « L » du Québec n’est plus compétitif dans un marché de commodités où nous exportons la grande majorité de nos produits aux États-Unis.  Un suivi à cette rencontre est prévu cet automne.

ACTIVITÉS À VENIR

Voici les activités au calendrier de l’ACIC au cours des prochaines semaines :

  • 8 septembre : Comité santé et sécurité de l’ACIC à Québec ;
  • 25 septembre : Réunions des comités Affaires et Économies et Leadership au bureau du CN (centre-ville de Montréal) ;
  • 30 septembre : Portes ouvertes chez ERCO Mondial pour souligner leur 120ième anniversaire de fondation ;
  • Septembre : Activités de coordination TransCAER planifiées avec les responsables du transport de nos usines pour l’organisation du Colloque sur la Sécurité civile ;
  • 17 et 18 octobre : Meeting annuel de l’ACIC à Ottawa ;
  • 17 et 18 octobre : Colloque sur la sécurité civile à Lévis ;
  • 27 octobre : Comité environnement.

Balancing Provisions in the Transportation Modernization Act, Bill C-49

CIAC applauds the government’s efforts and is supportive of the rail freight measures outlined in Transportation 2030 for advancing a “long-term agenda for a more transparent, balanced and efficient rail system that reliably moves our goods to global markets.”  Regarding Bill C-49, CIAC believes the government has correctly identified the key areas requiring attention to address issues of transparency, fair access, efficiency and long-term investment and is supportive of the expedited approach being taken to address them.  However, there are several areas that would benefit from amendments to better align with the stated intent of the proposed measures.

In our detailed review of the legislation we have identified several key areas where we believe amendments are warranted to meet the stated intent of the measures.  The requested amendments are summarized here:

  • Data Transparency and Timeliness – Parallel the U.S. reporting requirements/timelines and expedite the availability of information accessible to shippers, ensuring it is also commodity specific.

  • Canadian Transportation Agency Powers and Informal Resolutions Processes – Increase the Agency’s power to investigate issues and ensure informal resolutions are implemented, effective and that policy makers and stakeholders are able to see broader trends in the system.
  • Adequate and Suitable Service – Amend legal text to ensure railways are required to provide the highest level of service they can reasonably provide.
  • Captivity and Long-Haul Interswitching (LHI) – Eliminate the prerequisites for using LHI as well as many of the exclusions (such as toxic inhalation products, radioactives, and certain corridors) and allow the Agency to maintain the ability to extend interswitching beyond the  30 km limit by regulation for all shippers.

On September 13th, CIAC will appear before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Transport and Infrastructure to address the requested amendments.  CIAC’s submission to the committee can be found here. CIAC looks forward to working collaboratively with Transport Canada, and the Canadian Transportation Agency to meet the intent of the legislation, support opportunities for growth in the economy, and ensure the chemistry sector’s competitiveness in Canada.

CIAC plays key role in addressing TDG regulation change threatening chemistry industry

CIAC worked diligently to successfully and permanently resolve a recent regulatory harmonization issue relating to the Transportation of Dangerous Goods that would have significantly impacted several CIAC member-companies.

A classification change to the transportation of Oleum, or fuming sulphuric acid less than 30 per cent, wasn’t harmonized between the U.S. and Canada.  This issue was addressed in the recently published Regulation Amending the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations (International Harmonization Update, 2016) – SOR/2017-137. 

“This product represents a significant portion of our overall plant production, and without a consistent approach across the border we would have been at a significant competitive disadvantage to U.S. producers,” said Dave Emerson, President and COO of CCC Sulphur Products based in Elmira, Ontario. 

The difference would have required this product to be classified as a toxic inhalation hazard (TIH) product only in Canada. This would have resulted in mandated costly upgrades to the impacted rail fleet as well as increased freight rates. 

This issue was resolved by CIAC and its member-companies providing technical safety information and working collaboratively with Transport Canada in a transparent and fact-based manner and by bringing together experts and industry associations, including the American Chemistry Council and the Sulphur Institute. 

“We relied heavily on the coordination, relationships, and existing communication channels that CIAC was able to provide in order to bring about a prompt, science-based resolution to the issue,” Emerson said.

Overall, this issue and resolution exemplify the value of being part of an association with well established networks and a reputation for being responsible and credible.

CIAC’s Board/AGM/Annual Reception and Awards Dinner – Save the Date

These events will take place October 17-18 at the Westin Hotel in Ottawa.  Agenda and schedule of events to follow.  A block of rooms has been reserved under CIAC at the Westin Hotel.  The standard room rate is $244.00 for a Traditional Room.  To make your reservations on line visit the CIAC group reservations website

https://www.starwoodmeeting.com/, contact the hotel directly at 1-800-WESTIN-1 and quote the reservation code CJ14AF or the name of the event Chemistry Industry.  Please note the cut-off date for room reservations is September 15, 2017.  We look forward to seeing you in Ottawa!