New Climate Change Study Advances Infrastructure Resilience Conversation in Canada

New Climate Change Study Advances Infrastructure Resilience Conversation in 
OTTAWA, Nov. 7, 2013 /CNW/ - A new report by the Winnipeg-based International 
Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) released today on the 
implications of climate change on Canada's infrastructure represents an 
important step forward in the national conversation about infrastructure 
resilience. Published with support from the Cement Association of Canada, 
"Climate Change Adaptation and Canadian Infrastructure" summarizes current 
literature dealing with the challenge of adapting to climate change in Canada, 
with a particular focus on the country's infrastructure. 
Intended to serve as stimulus for further discussion around planned adaptation 
to climate change in Canada, particularly with respect to ensuring the 
viability of critical built infrastructure, the report explores climate 
impacts and risks to key infrastructure by region and by type. The report also 
introduces a number of key policy, regulatory, and financial tools for 
"The cement and concrete industry is committed to being a proactive partner in 
addressing the challenges of mitigating and adapting to climate change," said 
Michael McSweeney, president and CEO of the Cement Association of Canada. "We 
are in an age of massive re-investment in our basic infrastructure in Canada, 
and this presents an enormous opportunity to both mitigate climate change 
through reduced CO(2) emissions as well as prepare ourselves for the changes 
in our climate that are already underway. In supporting the publication of 
this report, we've taken a modest step towards engaging in the development of 
a new way of thinking and planning for climate resiliency in Canada's 
infrastructure investments." 
The report concludes that: 

    --  Climate change has the potential to substantially affect the
        lifespan and effectiveness of Canada's infrastructure,
        particularly our transportation, buildings, marine and water
        management infrastructure.
    --  Measures can be taken to limit costs and strengthen the
        resiliency of infrastructure - the report documents a number of
        key policy, regulatory, and financial tools for consideration.
    --  While there has been a significant amount of research and
        planning done, most supporting policies and regulatory changes
        remain nascent and investments have not yet fundamentally
    --  Recent climate events in Canada and abroad have galvanized
        calls for action at the local, regional and national levels,
        providing a key opportunity for industry actors to get engaged
        in the resiliency conversation now.

"Climate change matters for Canada's infrastructure, and adapting to its 
effects will require commitments by both the private and public sectors. By 
supporting IISD research that assesses the opportunities and risks, CAC has 
taken a key first step towards the broader discussions and work ahead," said 
IISD president Scott Vaughan.

The report Climate Change Adaptation and Canadian Infrastructure is available 
at and at

About the Cement Association of Canada
The Cement Association of Canada (CAC) is the voice of Canada's cement 
manufacturers. The industry provides a reliable, domestic supply of cement 
required to build Canada's communities and critical infrastructure and is 
committed to the environmentally responsible manufacturing of cement and 
concrete products. CAC's members are: Ciment Québec, COLACEM Canada, ESSROC 
Italcementi Group, Federal White Cement Ltd., Holcim Canada, Lafarge Canada, 
Lehigh Hanson Canada and St Marys Cement Group. The cement and concrete 
industry generates more than $8 billion in annual sales, contributes $2.9 
billion to the Canadian GDP and employs over 27,000 Canadians in the 
production and distribution of cement, concrete and concrete construction 

About the International Institute for Sustainable Development
The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) is a 
Canadian-based, international public policy research institute for sustainable 
development. IISD contributes to sustainable development by advancing policy 
recommendations on international trade and investment, economic policy, 
climate change and energy, natural and social capital, and the enabling role 
of communication technologies in these areas.

SOURCE  Cement Association of Canada 
Lyse Teasdale Director, Communications Cement Association of Canada T: 613-236-9471; ext 211 
Joel Trenaman Director, Communications and Publishing International Institute 
for Sustainable Development 
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