One of the greatest challenges facing government and business leaders today is ensuring that our economic development is environmentally sustainable. There is a strong demand for public policies on a host of issues, such as water use, air quality, carbon emissions, environmental assessments, bio-diversity and at-risk species. The Council is committed to providing decision makers with responsible, evidence-based advice on how to promote economic development that meets the needs of environmental stewardship.
Finlayson & Peacock Op-Ed: New age of activist governments driving up cost of doing business (Business in Vancouver)
Welcome to a new era of activist government.
In the last two years, both the federal and provincial governments have outlined more ambitious policy agendas. Each has ramped up spending on social services and income support programs, laying the foundations for a larger public sector. The drumbeat of regulatory change has become deafening as governments initiate multiple policy reviews and move to reshape environmental assessment and permitting rules, energy regulations and standards, the legal frameworks governing employment and labour relations, minimum wages, housing market policies, apprenticeships and much else besides.
SUBMISSION: Clean Fuel Standard Regulatory Framework
Business Council comments on the proposed Clean Fuel Standard Regulatory Framework released by Environment and Climate Change Canada in December 2017.
2015 Paris Agreement - About, Achievements, and Accounting
The 2015 Paris accord is the latest installment of multilateral agreements aimed at addressing the rising concentrations of greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) in the earth’s atmosphere. Paris flows from the 1992 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
Statement from BCBC on Increasing Risks to BC's Investment Climate
In response to the Provincial Government’s announcement that it intends to restrict the movement of diluted bitumen through the province, Greg D’Avignon, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Business Council of British Columbia, has released the following statement:
SUBMISSION: Professional Reliance Review
Business Council comments on the Professional Reliance Review being undertaken by the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change.
BCBC in 2017: Advancing Ideas and Actions....
In the final days of 2017, we’ve taken a moment to review the 119 publications, submissions to government, opinion editorials and blogs produced by the team at the Business Council of British Columbia. In addition to highlighting our major works, we’ve put together a compilation which revisits the most popular pieces and provides an overview of the range of issues that have garnered attention this year.
BCBC Statement on Provincial Government Decision to Complete Site C
We wish to recognize Premier Horgan and his cabinet colleagues for their decision today to proceed with the completion of the Site C dam. Once operational, this generational asset will provide clean, firm power within a basket of renewable assets that will support our province’s growing low-carbon commodity and energy exports in a world hungry for what BC produces. This is the right decision for British Columbia and Canada’s energy and climate future.
Corporate Sustainability: The New Normal
Though not a new concept, sustainability has recently become a mainstay in corporate governance, and the question has shifted from whether to seek sustainability to how to achieve, implement, and harness its potential.
Finlayson & Mullen Op-Ed: Fossil fuels remain key to energy future, according to report (Troy Media)
The International Energy Agency’s Annual World Energy Outlook 2017 was released in early November. It provides a useful update on the shift to a lower carbon global energy system. The stepped-up deployment of clean energy technologies and moves towards electrification continue in many nations. At the same time, rising investment in energy efficiency is lessening the need for supply additions. However, fossil fuels still represent the bulk of global energy production and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.
D'Avignon: Site C will be a strategic asset for a growing economy in the fight against climate change (Globe and Mail)
Is walking away from Site C really in the best interest of British Columbia’s future?
Dear Premier Horgan: Let's Build Site C
Having considered the evidence, including the BC Utilities Commission’s (BCUC) recent report, our reputational risk and the anticipated significant electricity demand as we accelerate into the digital age and low carbon economy, we offer our support for completing the project, for several reasons – some of which are also referenced in a recent submission from the BC Building Trades unions.
Finlayson & Mullen Op-Ed: True or False: Canada is Falling Behind on Greenhouse Gas Emissions? (Vancouver Sun)
The latest international climate change meeting is underway in Bonn, Germany. There is the usual concern about insufficient progress in tackling greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and finger pointing at countries seen as not doing their part. Some of this criticism is warranted. In certain quarters, Canada is once again chastised for being a laggard: not doing enough, fast enough, while the United States, which has withdrawn from the Paris Accord, is taking credit for big reductions in emissions.
True or Not True: Canada is Falling Behind in Addressing GHG Emissions?
Measuring in absolutes does not do justice to the nuances of our country’s size, economic structure, and population density, all critical elements in understanding how we compare in energy production and use. Nor does it consider the consequences of starting with different base years when calibrating emissions or the age of the existing capital stock in the electricity sector and other parts of the economy.
SUBMISSION: Environmental and Regulatory Reviews Discussion Paper
The Business Council's comments on the Government of Canada's June 2017 Environmental and Regulatory Reviews Discussion Paper .
Progress Report on Greenhouse Gas Emissions Released
Recently, the Vancouver Sun reported on a July 5th report by the National Energy Board (NEB) comparing multi-year changes in Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions by province.
SUBMISSION: Canadian Environmental Protection Act Review
BCBC summary comments on the House of Commons Standing Committee Report
Species At Risk
The new NDP government is considering options for management of species at risk in BC, and has signalled an intention to introduce stand-alone species at risk legislation. The Business Council supports the idea in-principle, but we urge the government to take time to explore the best options for ensuring effective management of species while also maintaining the province’s competitiveness and a vibrant natural resource sector.
SUBMISSION: Technical Paper on the Federal Carbon Pricing Backstop
The Business Council's summary comments on the Government of Canada's Technical Paper on a Carbon Pricing Backstop
Understanding the Implications of the Contaminated Sites Regulation Updates
In November 2017, the BC Ministry of Environment is set to update the Contaminated Sites Regulation. This is the most significant change to the CSR since its inception in April 1997.
SUBMISSION: Expert Panel Review of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Process
The Business Council's summary comments on the Expert Panel's recent report and review of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act and process.