The Government of Québec has just announced $5M in funding for four projects to raise awareness among Quebecers concerning the importance of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and air pollution. Coinciding with the Copenhagen Conference, the announcements demonstrate Québec’s commitment to combating climate change.
Clean the Air! program
The Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment and Parks, Line Beauchamp, announced $3M in financial assistance to AQLPA (Québec association to fight air pollution) to enhance its Clean the Air! program, Québec’s contribution to the Canadian Retire Your Ride vehicle recycling program. It encourages citizens to discard their old high-polluting vehicles manufactured in 1995 or earlier in exchange for public transit passes or discounts on sign-up fees for car-share services. The funding will help increase the value of incentives offered to participants.
Climate Challenge campaign
The Québec government is granting $785,000 to the Québec National Alliance of Regional Councils for the Environment (RNCREQ) to extend the Climate Challenge mobilization campaign throughout Québec. Since 2008, the campaign has already resulted in the mobilization of over 290 companies and institutions in Montréal and Québec City and raised awareness among 250,000 people. Thanks to this funding, all Quebecers will now be asked to participate in Climate Challenge and take concrete steps in their daily lives to reduce their GHG emissions.
Consultation on Québec’s dependence on oil
Québec is granting RNCREQ a second sum of $450,000 to organize regional consultations on reducing Québec’s dependence on oil. The project is intended to get regional decision-makers thinking about ways in which Québec can reduce oil consumption and increase its energy independence, while at the same time fostering its economic development. Energy efficiency, producing renewable energies and reducing fossil fuel consumption for heating and transportation will be the focal issues.
Monitoring Québec’s air quality in relation to climate change
In conjunction with the 2006-2012 Climate Change Action Plan, the Ministère du Développement durable, de l’Environnement et des Parcs is consolidating climate and air quality surveillance networks in order to adequately quantify trends and the extent of climate changes that are taking place as well as their impact on air quality and ultimately on human health. The government is therefore granting an $860,000 subsidy to INSPQ (Québec National Institute of Public Health) to carry out a joint project to monitor Québec’s air quality as it relates to health.
“Québec is currently positioning itself among the leaders in the fight against climate change. In fact, the government has just made a commitment on behalf of all Quebecers to achieve a 20% reduction in our greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 compared to what they were in 1990. I wish to remind you that this target is the most ambitious in North America. Thus, today’s announcements enable us to move toward this target,” stated Minister Beauchamp.
2006-2012 Climate Change Action Plan