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Québec appeared at the Paris Conference (COP21) with a goal to reduce its GHG emissions for 2030 that is in consonance with climate issues as well as with the international consensus that exists in this regard and is directly linked to the benefits of transitioning to a lower carbon economy for its population.
Considering that the cost of inaction will largely exceed the investments required to reduce GHG emissions and adapt to the impacts of climate change, Québec is making ambitious commitments to protect the health of citizens and stimulate the development of our economy, in addition to ensuring a sustainable future for our children.
Over the years, it has implemented innovative and ambitious measures both for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and adapting to the impacts of climate change. As a result, it is considered to be one of the most proactive states in North America and internationally.
Among other things, Québec stands out for the ambitious level of its greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) reduction targets and the results it has achieved. In 2012, Québec decreased its GHG emissions by 8% compared to their 1990 levels, exceeding the reduction target it had set by 2%. For 2020, Québec has adopted an even more ambitious goal: reducing its GHG emissions by 20% below 1990 levels.
To achieve this, it established a carbon market in 2013 that has been linked to California’s since 2014, and it reinvests all revenue generated by it into the implementation of the 2013-2020 Climate Change Action Plan. This Action Plan, which will benefit from investments of 3.3 billion dollars by 2020, supports companies, municipalities and Quebecers in their transition to a low-carbon world that is better adapted to the consequences of climate change.