Quebec’s 37.5% GHG Target is Canada’s Toughest
Quebec plans to cut its greenhouse gas emissions 37.5% by 2030 from a 1990 baseline under a plan released yesterday by Environment Minister Daniel Heurtel.
The province plans to present its plan at the UN climate summit in Quebec City in December.
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“Changing our habits is sometimes beneficial,” Heurtel told media. “Is it going to be hard work? Yes. But what’s important to point out is there are going to be also a lot of great opportunities linked to achieving that target—economic, social. It’s going to allow us to develop a new economy for the 21st century.”
Quebec’s carbon reduction target is the highest in Canada, a half-percent above Ontario’s at 37%, CBC reports. In the last year, the neighbouring provinces have agreed to join a common carbon trading system and explore expanded export/import of electricity from Quebec’s existing large hydro plants.
The 37.5% target was the mid-range option recommended by a provincial consultative committee co-chaired by Steven Guilbeault of Équiterre, CBC writes.