Canada to fund ‘climate change adaptation’ programme for mining sector

The Canadian government will provide C$325,000 to the Mining Association of Canada (MAC), which will go towards the creation of a ‘climate change adaptation’ programme for the mining sector.

MAC, Golder Associates and Lorax Environmental Services have committed to match the federal funding for the project, which is called Climate Change Risk and Adaptation Best Practices for the Mining Sector.

Paul Lefebvre, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Natural Resources said that the new programme will enable MAC to work with industry and other experts in developing best practices and guidance for the mining sector on climate change risks and adaptation measures.

“By investing in sustainable mining projects like this one by MAC, our government is helping ensure that our natural resources, including minerals and metals, play an important role in supplying the building blocks for clean technologies across the world,” he said.

“By helping our mining sector to adapt to a changing climate, we are proving once more that the environment and the economy go hand in hand.”

Canada’s drive to cut greenhouse gas emissions has so far focused predominantly on the oil and gas sector, which is responsible for 60% of the country’s total industrial emissions.