For Immediate Release
November 25, 2015
ST. JOHN’S, NL – The Newfoundland and Labrador Environmental Industry Association (NEIA) has published a document outlining provincial policy recommendations in support for growing Newfoundland and Labrador’s green economy.
“Over the course of the past five months, NEIA has engaged its members, industry associations, interest groups, and environmental professionals on what they saw as obstacles to and opportunities for the growth of our province’s green economy,” says Ted Lomond, NEIA’s Executive Director. “The result is a series of policy recommendations, ranging from economy-wide interventions to firm-level supports, which we will discuss with our government partners.”
The policy document, which addresses opportunities in areas ranging from innovation, to public transportation, to carbon pricing, to environmental enforcement, can be downloaded at http://neia.org/recommendations/. Lomond notes that the priorities which emerged from consultations were organized in the document in to four distinct areas: recommendations which support (1) the growth of the provincial green economy at large; (2) environmental sector business operations; (3) firm-level growth; and (4) specific environmental / economic issues.
“This is intended to be a living document,” explains Lomond. “We welcome further commentary and input from all stakeholders on the recommendations we have made, with an eye to fostering green economy growth in Newfoundland and Labrador in the best way that we can.” To facilitate broad discussion, NEIA has created online tools at www.neia.org/policy, where comments can be made directly on each recommendation.
“Our members, who were extensively consulted in the development of this document, are hopeful that discussion around these recommendations leads to a sustained dialogue between government, industry, academia, and the public on the future of green business in Newfoundland and Labrador,” says Lomond.
Lomond indicates that NEIA and its members stand by to work with government on environmental sector priorities. “NEIA is an able and willing partner, and is prepared to aid in any way that it can in the exploration and implementation of our recommendations.”
NEIA is a not-for-profit association of businesses that promotes the growth and development of the green economy in Newfoundland and Labrador. NEIA has over 190 members. More information can be found at http://www.neia.org.