A sustainable development project that will stimulate Eastern Montreal's
MONTREAL, Oct. 9, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - Mr. André Brunelle, President of
the Industrial Association for the East of Montreal (AIEM) reiterated
his organization's support for the Line 9B reversal project while at
the National Energy Board hearings.
According to Mr. Brunelle: "By providing refiners with access to a
reliable and lower cost source of oil this project will not only assure
their competitiveness and dynamism; it will also maintain thousands of
jobs and the economic vitality of Montreal East and of Quebec as a
Mindful of the environment and committed to sustainable development
initiatives, members of the AIEM follow the principles of industrial
ecology, a model where companies, by creating a tangible industrial
ecosystem, maximize the use of their resources. As a result, their
energy consumption and carbon emissions are vastly reduced. It is in
fact thanks to this model that we have a polyester chain in Montreal
East, which is unique in Canada. This chain, which is used to make
clothing, packaging and several other everyday products, is a perfect
example of local production and processing.
Mr. Brunelle also added: "Our members have the potential to play an
active role in Quebec's added value thanks to their know-how, their
strict environmental standards, and their industrial fiber which is
actively promoting industrial ecology. Nonetheless, while the
petrochemical industry may well have in its ranks the most
knowledgeable people and have access to the latest technologies, its
chance of success is slim if it does not have access to competitive raw
"The AIEM member refineries would like the privilege of competing with
other North American refineries that already have access to the sources
of oil that the Line 9B reversal would make available.
"We are conscious of the fact that as a group we must look at reducing
our use of fossil fuels. And we must now work on the transition plan.
But as long as we choose to rely on oil or products derived from oil,
it would be best to produce locally while adhering to the best
practices available instead of letting someone, somewhere else, do it
instead," concluded Mr. Brunelle.
About the AIEM
Established in 1960, with an emphasis on protecting the environment, the
AIEM now focuses on the harmonization of industrial activities with its
urban environment. Its mandate is to offer members a forum for
concerted actions, as well as services and advice tailored to their
needs for continuous improvement in a continuously evolving urban
setting. Its scope of action and priorities are directly related to:
sustainable development, risk management of major industrial accidents
and collaborations with public services as well as the local community.
SOURCE: Association Industrielle de l'Est de Montréal (AIEM)
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