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Quebec government proposes ambitious 37.5 per cent emissions cut

Finalized target to be unveiled prior to Paris climate talks in December

September 18, 2015  David Kennedy

QUÉBEC CITY—In what would be the most ambitious target in all of Canada, Quebec has begun consulting on a proposed a 37.5 per cent greenhouse gas emissions reduction below 1990 levels by 2030.

“Québec intends to remain a leader in the fight against climate change,” said Quebec’s Minister of of Sustainable Development, Environment and the Fight against Climate Change, David Heurtel. “In addition to contributing to worldwide efforts in this area, setting an ambitious target for 2030 will help us improve the health, safety and quality of life of Quebecers and secure the sustainable development of our economy.

“Together, we have a collective responsibility to fight climate change and ensure a better quality of life for our children.”

Thanks in part to its hydro infrastructure, Quebec is already one of the most advanced regions in North America and the world in the fight against climate change. It is committed to reducing its GHG emissions by 80 to 95 per cent by 2050.


Committee discussions on the provision will be held shortly, and the government intends to unveil its target before the UN climate change talks in Paris this December.