About a dozen organizations will take part in a pilot project aimed at creating a recognized carbon footprint certification system in Québec. Launched by the Ministère du Développement économique, de l’Innovation et de l'Exportation (MDEIE), the initiative will receive $24 million in funding from the Québec government. The term “carbon footprint” refers to the total greenhouse gas emissions produced during the full life cycle of a product, from design to disposal.
A North American first
According to Sam Hamad, Minister of Economic Development, Innovation and Export Trade, “Our companies are among the first in the world to derive value from their low carbon footprint, in order to improve their positioning in their respective sectors. With the increase in demand for environmental value-added products, we are taking a significant step toward improving our companies’ international competitiveness.”
Certain countries that currently import Québec products will eventually require carbon footprint product labelling. The creation of this type of system is therefore another “plus” for Québec exporters.
The following ten companies will submit recommendations on the products that should be covered by the certification system: