Québec Premier Jean Charest spoke at the opening ceremony for Climate Week NYC, which was held in New York City on September 20. He took the opportunity to promote Québec’s leadership in the fight against climate change and to focus attention on the environment and green technology industry’s growing role in Québec. Mr. Charest was accompanied by Pierre Arcand, Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment and Parks.
Green economy: a major challenge
“Like all regional governments, Québec is at the heart of the green revolution. We are creating conditions conducive to the development of renewable energy forms and new technologies with a view to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Through our actions and our commitment, we are enabling our economies to grow in an environmentally responsible way. Today, I can reaffirm that Québec will continue to play a key role in the fight against climate change in the years ahead. I will also be attending the Climate Leaders’ Summit in Cancun to underscore our invaluable contributions in this regard,” said the Premier at the opening ceremony.
As part of his Climate Week activities, Mr. Arcand took part in a roundtable discussion on electric vehicles during which he detailed Québec’s electrified transportation initiatives. The event was organized by EV20, a new Climate Group initiative involving regional governments, auto manufacturers and financial companies. The goal is to speed the global development and deployment of electric vehicles by 2020. Québec signed on to the EV20 initiative in December 2009.
In conjunction with Climate Week NYC, Mr. Charest also met with the Governor of New York State, David A. Paterson. The two leaders discussed: