THE PREMIER ANNOUNCES THE 2013-2020 CLIMATE CHANGE ACTION PLAN
Montréal, June 3, 2012 – Québec Premier Jean Charest, Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment and Parks Pierre Arcand and Minister of Transport Pierre Moreau today unveiled the 2013-2020 Climate Change Action Plan (PACC 2020) and the accompanying Government Strategy for Climate Change Adaptation.
“We have set the most ambitious greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction target in North America for ourselves. The new action plan and strategy for adaptation that we announce today demonstrate our strong determination to guide Québec to a greener, more prosperous and sustainable economy,” Premier Charest stated.
A plan of broad scope
The action plan and strategy for adaptation call for investments totalling nearly 2.7 billion dollars. The action plan is self-financed through revenues from the carbon market and the extension until 2014 of charges on fossil fuels and combustibles. It will be deployed through 30 action priorities, with particular focus in the areas of sustainable mobility, land use and energy, which are sectors where Québec can make significant gains in terms of GHG emission reductions. The planned actions will contribute in a major way to achieving Québec’s climate change objective of reducing GHG emissions by 20% below 1990 levels by 2020. The plan’s actions will be both coherent and structuring for citizens, businesses, partners and municipalities.
This action plan is the successor to the 2006 plan, which ends this year. “The 2020 Action Plan represents the biggest investment in the fight against climate change in the history of Québec. It is evidence of our unshakeable will to assume a leading position in environmental matters, for the wellbeing of current and future generations,” Minister Arcand declared.
Major investments in transportation
Two-thirds of revenues flowing from the action plan will fund transportation measures such as public and alternative transit. These investments will enable GHG emission reductions in this industry, which accounts for 43% of all GHG emissions in Québec. Québec’s GHG emissions hit a historic peak in 2003, reaching 6.8% above 1990 levels before subsequently declining by 8.7% and, in 2009, sinking to 2.5% below 1990 levels.
“The transport industry must play a fundamental role in reducing our GHG emissions. In this regard, we are going to support not only public and alternative transit, but also inter-modality and energy efficiency in freight transport. The ministère des Transports will be hard at work following up on the planned actions and participating in reaching the GHG reduction targets we have set for ourselves,” added Minister of Transport Pierre Moreau.
The action plan being announced today is the cornerstone of the government's strategic approach to the fight against climate change, to which other government initiatives will be added. Accordingly, our choices in the realms of sustainable mobility, land-use planning and energy must contribute significantly to the attainment of our GHG emission reduction objectives.
The initiatives announced today constitute the first phase of this open-ended plan. They should lead to reductions in Québec on the order of 6.1 megatons of the estimated 11.7 megatons necessary to achieve the GHG emission reduction target for 2020. As was announced in the last Budget, the second phase of the action plan will be launched at midpoint in light of the revenue that the carbon market generates and the new policy directions adopted with respect to sustainable mobility, land-use planning and energy. The action plan will also evolve according to the development of climate science, new technologies and Québec's progress in the attainment of its objectives.
Direct Web 2.0 access
All citizens are invited to follow the implementation of the 2013-2020 action plan on the www.QuebecVert2020.gouv.qc.ca Web site, as well as on Twitter account @QuebecVert2020. The Web site will allow internet surfers to learn about across-the-board government action to fight climate change in just a few clicks and to access information that is needed to understand related issues. A teaching component and a section on citizen action will be available at a later date.
“Our citizens and communities will gain many benefits from this new action plan, including improved access to public transit and active transport solutions, even better designed and more energy-efficient housing and buildings, public infrastructures that are adapted to changing climate conditions and better air quality. Transitioning to a green and sustainable Québec is a societal project to which each and every one of us is called upon to contribute, Minister Arcand concluded.Some priorities (PDF, 75 KB)
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