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The 21st Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21) will be held in Paris from November 30 to December 11, 2015.
The goal of the conference is to reach a new international climate agreement for all countries, with a goal of maintaining climate warming to less than 2°C worldwide.
Québec is a participant in the international efforts aimed at reaching an ambitious agreement and has, in recent months, taken a number of steps in the run-up to Paris to foster mobilization and dialogue among Canada’s provinces and territories and the federal government, as well as with other subnational governments, states and regions.
The Government of Québec is offsetting the greenhouse gas emissions of its delegation’s air and land travel at COP21 and has selected as recipient, the Bourse Scol’ERE Forêt d’Arden (in French) awareness and commitment initiative for daily choices that elementary school students can make to reduce their carbon footprint.
During the Summit, a joint declaration was signed by the provincial and territorial premiers in which they recognize the issue of climate change issue and made a commitment to work together on emissions reduction targets and on ways to attain them.
The Minister of Sustainable Development, the Environment and the Fight against Climate Change completed a mission to the western United States and Mexico in which Québec climate change initiatives, in particular the carbon market established by Québec and California under the Western Climate Initiative (WCI), were prominently featured.
David Heurtel, Québec’s Minister of Sustainable Development, the Environment and the Fight against Climate Change, was invited to speak on Québec’s groundbreaking actions, such as the carbon market. For him, “There is a moral and social imperative in the environmental issue that requires us to be leaders on the climate change front, along with fundamental economic positioning for the future of Québec’s economy.”
Ministers agreed at the meeting to strengthen collaboration and continue to take action in their jurisdictions in the fight against climate change. They also agreed to work together in advance of and following the 21st Conference of Parties (COP21) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
Québec presented its pioneering climate change initiatives at the Lyon summit, at which 800 representatives of subnational and local governments, federated states, and non-state actors were gathered to seek faster action in the fight against climate change.
Québec took the opportunity at this summit to emphasize the role of federated states in the fight against climate change and the importance for the world economy of putting a price on carbon.
One of the three resolutions adopted at the 39th annual NEG/ECP conference specifically addressed climate change. Québec also took the opportunity to promote its hydroelectricity as an economically viable green solution for New England states.
The government announces consultations on a proposed Québec greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) target of 37.5% below 1990 levels by 2030—the most ambitious target in the country.
Québec took part in Climate Week NYC (#CWNYC), a high-profile event key to the leadup to the Paris Conference. The premier used this distinguished forum to point out the many initiatives from federated states that have not only led to reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, but have brought new perspectives to the global fight against climate change.
This mission provides an opportunity for the Premier to sign an agreement with Mexican federal authorities to strengthen collaboration between Mexico and Québec on the environment and climate change. As part of this agreement, Mexico commits to participate in information exchanges on various aspects of Québec's cap-and-trade system to better understand the process and the benefits arising from the implementation of such a mechanism.Read the October 12 press release Read the October 13 press release
Québec is taking part in the 3rd Arctic Circle Assembly, an international forum to facilitate discussions and promote collaboration on Arctic-related issues, particularly regarding climate change. The Premier announced that Québec will hold a satellite forum of the Arctic Circle Assembly in March 2016, which will be used to publicize Québec's partnership-oriented approach to the sustainable development of northern Québec.Read the October 15 press release Read the October 16 press release Read the October 17 press release
Québec is taking part in the U.S.-Canada Energy Trade and Technology Conference, organized by the New England-Canada Business Council (NECBC), to promote Québec's energy supply and leadership in the fight against climate change among economic and political decision-makers in the region.
Emphasize the importance of assigning a price to carbon across global economies and of recognizing, in the upcoming Paris agreement, the contribution of subnational, national and regional mechanisms to the reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, to promote the international trade of emission rights.
Achieve recognition for the key role of federated states and regions and their partnerships in the fight against climate change, and ask the Parties to help them strengthen their actions.
Help strengthen intergovernmental cooperation in Canada so provinces and territories can make ambitious commitments and contribute more to the Canadian effort against climate change.
Encourage subnational governments to adopt ambitious GHG emission reduction targets and mitigation measures, and include them in the Compact of States and Regions.
Contribute to the mobilization of the French-speaking world.