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.
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.
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.
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