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Québec’s Commitments:Setting a greenhouse gas emission reduction target for 2030


The fight against climate change has been a priority for the Québec government for over 15 years. The innovative, ambitious measures Québec has taken over the years to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to the effects of climate change have earned it a reputation as one of the most proactive jurisdictions on this issue in North America and around the world.

One of the things that sets Québec apart is the ambitious nature of its greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction targets. By 2012, Québec had already reduced its GHG emissions to 8% below 1990 levels, exceeding its own reduction target by 2%. Québec has now set itself an even more ambitious target for 2020, namely to reduce its GHG emissions to 20% below 1990 levels. To achieve this, it set up a carbon market in 2013—which it subsequently linked to that of California in 2014—and puts the resulting income toward implementing the 2013–2020 Climate Change Action Plan.

Québec arrived at the Paris Conference (COP‑21) with a GHG emissions reduction target for 2030 that reflects the seriousness of the climate issues we face, the international consensus on the subject, and the direct benefits of a shift to a lower carbon economy for all Quebecers.

The Committee on Transportation and the Environment held seven days of consultations at which 41 groups were heard and roughly 50 briefs were submitted. The points of view expressed will help the government determine Québec’s contribution to worldwide efforts to combat climate change for 2030.

The government will release Québec’s next GHG emission reduction target before the Paris Conference of Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in December.

All the information on the public consultations is available on the National Assembly website.

For more information, please read the following documents: