L’ACIC réagit à l’approche fédérale proposée de gestion intégrée des produits de plastique visant à réduire les déchets et à prévenir la pollution

Les plastiques sont essentiels à notre mode de vie moderne et servent à faire progresser les priorités de notre société en matière d’environnement, de santé et de sécurité, y compris la transition vers un avenir à émissions nettes nulles. Cependant, le plastique n’a pas sa place dans les sites d’enfouissement ou dans l’environnement. Sa place est dans l’économie.

L’Association canadienne de l’industrie de la chimie (ACIC) demeure fermement d’avis que la Loi canadienne sur la protection de l’environnement (1999) (la LCPE) n’est pas un outil approprié pour gérer les déchets de plastique post-consommation. L’ACIC appuie l’élaboration d’une loi nationale sur les déchets qui fournira les pouvoirs et les outils appropriés pour appuyer la promotion d’une économie circulaire pour les plastiques au Canada.

L’ACIC est également préoccupée par l’accent mis sur l’interdiction de certains produits uniquement parce qu’ils sont largement utilisés dans la société et qu’ils sont mal gérés en fin d’utilisation. Notre objectif, en tant que société, doit être de bien gérer et d’établir une économie circulaire pour tous les produits en plastique. Aujourd’hui, des travaux importants sont effectués dans toutes les administrations, y compris en Alberta, en Colombie-Britannique, en Ontario et au Québec, afin de moderniser les systèmes de recyclage et de les faire progresser vers une économie circulaire.

L’ACIC est d’avis que le gouvernement du Canada doit prévoir suffisamment de temps pour consulter l’industrie et les provinces afin de s’assurer que l’approche qu’il propose à l’égard d’une économie circulaire pour les plastiques va dans le sens de la Stratégie et du Plan d’action pancanadiens visant l’atteinte de zéro déchet de plastique du Conseil canadien des ministres de l’environnement. Nous demandons au gouvernement de reporter l’ajout des « articles manufacturés en plastique » à l’annexe 1 de la LCPE dans la Partie I de la Gazette du Canada du 10 octobre à une date suivant la fin de la consultation publique sur son document de travail. Ce report permettrait à l’industrie et aux provinces de formuler des commentaires et de s’assurer qu’une décision n’est pas prise prématurément.

Les producteurs de plastique du Canada prennent des mesures importantes pour s’attaquer aux déchets de plastique sur le sol, y compris la réduction à la source, la conception pour le recyclage et les modèles de réutilisation, et ils investissent dans des technologies pour améliorer le recyclage. Ils ont également pris les engagements en matière d’économie circulaire suivants :

  • faire en sorte que 100 % des emballages en plastique soient recyclables ou récupérables d’ici 2030;
  • réutiliser, recycler ou récupérer 100 % des emballages en plastique d’ici 2040;
  • mettre en œuvre le protocole Operation Clean Sweep d’ici 2022, un programme international de gestion des plastiques visant à éliminer les fuites de granules de plastique provenant des activités industrielles, en mettant l’accent sur la prévention des fuites dans les rivières et les océans.

Les fabricants de plastiques du Canada ajoutent 28 milliards de dollars à l’économie nationale chaque année et emploient directement plus de 93 000 Canadiens dans 1 850 entreprises différentes; 86 % d’entre elles sont des PME et les répercussions et les pertes d’emploi se feront sentir dans les collectivités de tout le pays par des entreprises familiales qui fonctionnent depuis plusieurs générations.

L’ACIC fournira des conseils au gouvernement fédéral au sujet de son approche proposée de gestion intégrée des produits de plastique visant à réduire les déchets et à prévenir la pollution, et nous avons hâte de travailler avec tous les ordres de gouvernement au Canada pour faire la transition vers une économie circulaire pour les plastiques tout en maintenant des emplois bien rémunérés pour des milliers de Canadiens.

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Sixth Estate panel discusses the case of the missing $30B in Canadian chemistry

On the Sixth Estate’s Before the Bell panel discussion Thursday, March 21 CIAC President and CEO, Bob Masterson presented the case of the missing $30 billion in Canada’s economy due to missing out on chemistry sector investment opportunities – even though Canada has a lot of the fundamentals in place.

“The Canadian chemical sector has not seen the same level of global investment that the Americans have, even though Canada has a lot of the fundamentals in place. We have all the ingredients to succeed,” Mr. Masterson told host Catherine Clark. “They will benchmark Canada as their next investment, and then they sell that against other jurisdictions, and we always lose.”

Mr. Masterson noted that about $15 billion had been found through recently announced major investments in Alberta and Ontario, with the provinces doing the heavy lifting to attract new investment in the sector. Major investments of note were by Canada Kuwait Petrochemical Corporation, Inter Pipeline, NOVA Chemical and Nauticol Energy.

Mr. Masterson was joined by Ihor Korbabicz, executive director of Abacus Data, Goldy Hyder, president and CEO of the Business Council of Canada, Aniket Bhushan, adjunct professor at Carleton University, Ian McKay, CEO of Invest in Canada.

Regulation in serious need of modernization, CIAC tells INDU

Canada’s regulatory system often results in inefficiency, delays, administrative burdens and unnecessary costs to both government and business, CIAC President and CEO, Bob Masterson, told the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology (INDU) February 7.

The comments were provided as part of a study on regulatory modernization in response to the Federal Fall Economic Statement in November.

Mr. Masterson targeted regulatory overlap and duplication, rushed regulation that does not take industry’s perspectives for achieving goals, uncertainty and timeliness in his speech to the Committee.

“Obtaining an approval in Canada takes an average of 249 days, about double the OECD average and triple the time required in the United States. Make no mistake, this reality is well-known globally and is a strong influencer on Canada’s foreign direct investment gap,” he said. “The study being undertaken by this committee is welcome and urgently overdue.”

He pointed to the implementation of the Chemicals Management Plan and Transport Canada’s multi-faceted approach to better managing risks associated with the transportation of dangerous goods as great examples of regulatory initiatives working well in Canada. He also noted that the Ontario government had started important efforts in this area with its comprehensive Red Tape Challenge recommendations beginning to be implemented by the current government.

AIHA sets record attendance with annual Stakeholder Event

Alberta’s Industrial Heartland Association (AIHA) hosted its annual Stakeholder Event on Thursday, January 17 in Edmonton. CIAC was in attendance and was one of many event sponsors. Attendees heard industry updates from several companies building and operating in the region including CIAC’s newest member – Inter Pipeline and their Heartland Petrochemical Complex currently under construction. The event was attended by the Premier, Members of her Cabinet and Caucus, as well as members of the Official Opposition. The Premier reaffirmed the Alberta government’s focus on diversifying province’s economy through resource value add manufacturing and upgrading.

Mark Eramo, Vice President of Global Business Development for Oil, Midstream, Downstream & Chemical at IHS Markit was the feature speaker and focused his remarks on the state of the global chemical industry. Points of interest to the chemistry industry in Canada include:

  • High crude prices and low-cost natural gas attracting North American chemical investments;
  • China and US investment continues at rapid pace, with modest growth in other regions;
  • Chemical Industry in a prolonged peak earnings cycle with potential risks for the mid-2020s as current strong margins in gas-based chemistry drive new investment with the potential for global economic slowdown and reduced demand;
  • Decline in demand for refined products will see a shift in crude to chemicals with new refinery configurations and technology producing larger quantities of chemicals in greater scale;
  • Sustainability issues for sector remain focused on carbon, however water and plastic will continue to be priority issues for the industry.

This year’s Stakeholder Event was the largest yet for AIHA with over 1,000 people in attendance. CIAC congratulates AIHA on once again raising the bar on stakeholder engagement.

Finance Committee report on pre-budget consultations a win for chemistry industry

The House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance’s report on the pre-budget consultations was released December 10, and includes a number of recommendations directly responsive to CIAC’s requests. Of note is Recommendation 9 (page 40) to, “Work with all other levels of government to align and coordinate efforts to create a competitive investment climate across Canada to attract world-class value-added petrochemical facilities.”

This success is a result of eight months of CIAC engagement with Finance Committee members, which included CIAC’s 2019 Federal Pre-budget Consultation submission and testifying at the pre-budget consultation hearings in October.

Read the full report here.

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CIAC and CPIA sponsor a lively discussion on getting to zero plastic waste

In front of a packed house of approximately 70 people at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa CIAC and CPIA held a lively discussion with the Sixth Estate on Breaking the mold: getting to zero plastic waste on December 11.

CIAC’s Executive Vice President, Isabelle Des Chênes, opened the discussion up by framing the issue and giving a brief presentation on the broad issues at play including the benefits of plastic, Canadians’ perceptions on plastic waste and what industry can do to support solutions. “The public in Canada have been up in arms on this subject and rightly so. As manufacturers of plastic resin and plastics, we need to work with governments to educate the public about plastics’ benefits to society and the environment,” said Des Chênes.

Christopher Hilkene, CEO of Pollution Probe, then spoke about what his organization is doing to raise public awareness of the issue of plastic waste and bringing different stakeholders together to discuss solutions.

The Director of Government Relations at NOVA Chemicals, Ken Faulkner, then outlined the work that manufacturers are doing to tackle this issue, such as innovating to make plastic packaging fully recyclable and working with non-profit partners to improve infrastructure to reduce marine plastic debris in Southeast Asia.

Ryan L’Abbe, Vice President Operations, GreenMantra Technologies, brought the important element of innovation to create end markets for recycled products. He pointed out that due to a lack of supply in Canada, his company actually imports materials from the U.S. to have enough post-consumer plastic to recycle into products like asphalt and roof shingles.

Rounding out the discussion, Sean Fraser, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change then spoke on the Federal government’s recent efforts to create a framework for a national strategy of reducing plastic waste and what needs to happen in the near and long-term future to tackle the issue.

Watch a full recording of the panel discussion on the Sixth Estate Facebook Live page here.

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