On a diplomatic mission in Washington, Québec’s Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment, Wildlife and Parks, Mr. Yves-François Blanchet, highlighted Québec’s leadership in tackling climate change in his keynote address to the 2013 Carbon Forum North America (CFNA).
Before an audience of more than 150 government and private sector representatives, Minister Blanchet took the opportunity to officially announce the agreement between the Québec and California governments to link their respective carbon markets. Starting on January 1, 2014, the linkage will create the first international carbon market in North America, and the second largest in the world.
Minister Blanchet invited the Canadian provinces and the American states to follow the footsteps of Québec and California by joining this new carbon market. With the objective of increasing continental cooperation, the door remains open for new partners, reaffirmed Mr. Blanchet.
The Minister of the Environment also had several bilateral meetings during the Forum, with representatives of foreign governments as well as with leaders from the private sector.
Organized by the International Emission Trading Association, the CFNA brings together hundreds of stakeholders involved in greenhouse gas emissions reduction. Minister Blanchet finished his visit in the U.S. capital by attending a private reception organized by the Québec Governement Office in Washington, during which he met with influential think tanks leaders in the energy and environment community.