June 13, 2017
NICKEL BELT – Today, following the Standing Committee on Natural Resources tabling its unanimous report on de-risking clean technology adoption in the natural resources sector on Friday, June 9th, Marc Serré, MP for Nickel Belt, issued the following statement:
“I am very pleased that this committee was able to produce a report that was unanimously accepted by all members of the committee—generally speaking, opposition committee members choose to produce a dissenting report,” Serré began.
“In my view, this demonstrates just how important Canadians across the country feel it is for businesses and researchers in the natural resources sector to adopt clean technologies that foster further innovation, are more environmentally-friendly, and ensure that the Canadian natural resources sector continues to be globally-competitive,” Serré continued.
“Undertaking the study that produced this report was all about looking at ways that the federal government can help facilitate the de-risking of various emerging clean technologies, and I am confident that the recommendations the Natural Resources committee produced in this report will prove useful to the government as it implements its Innovation Agenda,. Furthermore, the release of this report provides an excellent opportunity to highlight Greater Sudbury and Nickel Belt’s culture of dedication to adopting new, world-leading clean technologies and best practices. For example, the Vale Living with Lakes Centre at Laurentian University led by Dr. John Gunn is doing some fantastic work on studying the factors that affect the health of lake ecosystems in Northern Ontario. The Canadian Aboriginal Minerals Association led by Hans Matthews and the Wahnapitae First Nation, led by Peter Recollet, Director of Sustainable Development, are also showing industry that traditional values and innovation are compatible when it comes to ecological conservation in the natural resources sector,” Serré concluded.
The report’s eight recommendations include:
o Working with provincial and territorial governments to develop market-based, technology-neutral policies that create a market value for the environmental and social benefits of clean technology, while allowing companies to choose the most suitable innovations for their respective industries;
o Ensuring that the forthcoming national price on carbon pollution is evidence-based and transparent, can drive innovation and productivity, and can support the competitiveness and profitability of Canada’s natural resources sector;
o Supporting existing and new programs and financial instruments to de-risk the development of clean technology through the so-called “valley of death,” between the R&D phase and revenue-making commercialization;
o Improving the efficiency, accessibility and transparency of clean technology funding and taxation incentives;
o Ensuring that all policy decisions and environmental assessments are based on scientific evidence and reflect state-of-the-art technologies and practices;
o Working with industry, Indigenous governments and communities, provincial/territorial governments, and international governments/organizations to foster stronger cross-sectorial and international clean technology partnerships and clusters.
o The Committee also recommended that the Government of Canada improve the efficiency, accessibility and transparency of clean technology funding and develop a clearer definition of clean technology.
“In 2017, the Government of Canada is making unprecedented investments in clean technology. It is a priority for this government and it is the right thing to do,” said Committee Chair, James Maloney. “Canada is a country of creative innovators looking for solutions to complex issues we face. It is clear from our study that we must remain at the forefront of clean technology as it is a growing and emerging industry.”
“Innovation opportunities span the entire economy; giving rise to new industries while also helping traditional ones improve efficiency and sustainability,” the Chair continued. “There is massive potential for Canadian employment growth as countries around the world seek out more sustainable and renewable sources of energy in a global industry expected to surpass $1 trillion per year. As a leader in clean tech industry, we are poised for even greater success.”
Chaired by James Maloney, M.P., the Committee comprises: Liberals T.J. Harvey, Denis Lemieux, Mary Ng, Marc Serré and Geng Tan; Conservatives John Barlow (Vice-Chair), Mark Strahl, and Shannon Stubbs; and New Democrat, Richard Cannings (Vice-Chair).
The report is available on the Committee’s website, http://www.ourcommons.ca/Committees/en/RNNR
Marc Serré MP Nickel Belt