Montreal, November 23, 2009 – Premier Charest announced today Quebec’s GHG reduction target: 20% below 1990 levels by 2020. Environmental Defence, Équiterre, David Suzuki Foundation, Pembina Institute and Vivre en ville note that this goal corresponds to that of the European Union and constitutes the most ambitious to date in North America. For the groups “with this objective, Quebec remains a leader in North America, which is all the more significant in face of the increasingly apparent inaction of the Canadian federal government, whose target is a mere minus 3%—the smallest of all industrialized countries”.
“As science ask reductions between -25 % and -40 % below 1990 for 2020, we believe it’s possible to go even further and do more in the current context. We will work with the Quebec government and the rest of civil society to suggest courses of action and additional measures to bolster Quebec’s objectives,” they added.
Moreover, all the groups plan to collaborate fully toward the creation of the action plan that is expected to be completed in the coming months. Transportation, energy and land-use planning are the sectors requiring the most immediate intervention. In these areas, Quebec will have to perform an about-face and break with its traditional practices.
“Given that the transportation sector represents close to 40% of GHG emissions in Quebec, the first order of business will be to take the Turcot project back to the drawing board,” affirmed groups from Quebec. As it exists right now, this project would see the addition of tens of thousands of vehicles on the Turcot interchange and an increase in traffic congestion on the island of Montreal. To live up to the progressive vision that the Quebec government presented us today, and to comply with the unanimous demand of the City of Montréal, we must completely rethink this project, notably by increasing and improving public transport infrastructure and reducing vehicle traffic on the city’s major routes.
Environmental Defence
Jennifer Foulds
416- 323-9521 poste 232
Éveline Trudel-Fugère
David Suzuki Foundation
Catherine Orer
Forest Ethics
Tzeborah Berman
Pembina Institute
Clare Demerse
Vivre en ville
Christian Savard