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Recognized as a world leader in the fight against climate change, Québec makes a positive contribution to international climate change negotiations. It often intervenes both in Canada and internationally to push for a worldwide carbon market and promote dialogue between countries and regions.

Québec belongs to a number of international organizations committed to the fight against climate change, including the International Carbon Action Partnership (ICAP), the Climate Group States and Regions Alliance, and the Network of Regional Governments for Sustainable Development (nrg4SD).

Québec also participates in a number of international missions to strengthen national and international partnerships and promote its climate change policies and expertise, as well as that of Québec businesses. A prime example of the benefits of such partnerships is Québec’s participation, with California, in the biggest carbon market in North America, which Ontario will soon join.

In Québec, the Climate Change Action Plan includes Canada-wide initiatives:

  • Québec Climate Change Summit. On April 14, 2015, the Québec premier welcomed the heads of all Canadian provinces and territories to discuss best practices for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and the related business opportunities. Another objective of the summit was to promote concerted action to fight climate change at the national level in the run-up to the December 2015 Conference of Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in Paris. The summit led to the adoption of a joint statement by the premiers aimed at fostering a shift to a lower carbon economy in Canada.

Québec has garnered international recognition for its commitment to the fight against climate change. Here are a few examples:

  • Québec was elected co-chair of the Climate Group States and Regions Alliance (alongside the Basque Country and South Australia), where it works to have the United Nations recognize the contribution of states and regions to the worldwide effort against climate change. (

  • Québec’s premier signed the World Bank statement, Putting a price on carbon, released in September 2014 at the UN Climate Summit. Québec subsequently joined the World Bank’s Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition (

  • Québec was elected co-chair (with the Netherlands) of the International Carbon Action Partnership, whose annual meeting was held in Montréal in 2014 (

  • Québec is a technical partner of the World Bank’s Partnership for Market Readiness program, which helps developing countries and countries in transition establish carbon market mechanisms (

  • Québec signed the memorandum of understanding on world climate leadership (Under2MOU) in which it commits to reducing its GHG emissions to 80% to 95% below 1990 levels by 2050 (

  • Québec has been invited a number of times by the United Nations and other international organizations to present its carbon market and climate change initiatives, including its transportation electrification strategy.

  • Québec is a founding member of the International Zero-Emission Vehicle Alliance, which works to speed up adoption of this new technology around the world with a view to reducing GHG emissions in the transportation sector and promoting sustainable mobility worldwide.

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