The Aluminum Association of Canada and the Québec Ministry of Sustainable Development, Environment and Parks announced on June 26, 2007 the execution of a voluntary agreement aimed at further reducing greenhouse gases (GHG) in the aluminum production sector in Québec. This is the second such agreement between the MSDEP and the aluminum industry. The agreement that will come into effect on January 1, 2008, involves the existing aluminum production facilities in Québec and is aimed at reducing their GHG by 150,000 tons of CO2 equivalent between 2008 and 2013. This industry has already reduced its emissions by 6.7% between 1990 and 2005. New facilities starting up after January 1, 2008 will be required to meet an objective of 2 tons of GHG per ton of aluminum produced. The Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment and Parks, Ms. Line Beauchamp, has invited other industrial sectors to consider entering into similar agreements. The agreement, while setting targets to meet on a voluntary basis and providing for public awareness programs to be implemented to enhance recycling and waste reduction, does not exempt however the aluminum producers from complying with applicable regulatory requirements.