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NEIA responds to Newfoundland and Labrador’s Speech from the Throne

For Immediate Release
April 16, 2021

(ST. JOHN’S, NL) – The Newfoundland and Labrador Environmental Industry Association (NEIA) is encouraged by the focus the provincial government’s Speech from the Throne placed on clean growth.

“The Speech from the Throne was rich with references to addressing climate change, seizing opportunities around renewable energy, and positioning our traditional industries for success through the lens of sustainability,” says Kieran Hanley, NEIA’s Executive Director. “We hope that this is an indication that these areas will be at, or near the top of, the provincial government’s priorities.”

Hanley says that NEIA shares the sense of hope and optimism for the future of Newfoundland and Labrador which was expressed in the Speech. “We are seeing enormous opportunities for short and long-term economic growth and diversification for our province through the energy transition,” says Hanley. “A coordinated and strategic pursuit of net zero can create a wealth of new jobs and attract new investment into Newfoundland and Labrador.”

NEIA points to low-emissions offshore oil and gas, economy-wide electrification, renewable energy growth, and the development of a new hydrogen industry as being opportunities of transformative potential for the province.

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“But bigger, bolder steps are going to be required if we are to exploit these opportunities, and at an accelerated pace because they are time-limited,” says Hanley.

Hanley adds that NEIA has a great deal of expertise, insight, and energy that it can bring to the table to help Newfoundland and Labrador meet its clean growth potential. “If given the opportunity, NEIA is ready and able to make a strong contribution to the clean growth future of Newfoundland and Labrador.”

NEIA is a not-for-profit association of businesses that promotes the development of clean technology and the growth of the green economy in Newfoundland and Labrador. NEIA has over 200 members. More information can be found at https://neia.org.

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Executive Director NEIA
kieran@neia.org

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