Following the public consultation held at the request of the Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment and Parks in order to determine the greenhouse gas reduction target that the Québec Government wishes to set for 2020. Premier Jean Charest and Ms. Line Beauchamp both unveiled on November 23, 2009 Québec’s target to reduce greenhouse gas emission by 20% below 1990 levels by 2020. This reduction will be reached, according to the Premier and his Minister, according the flexibility from one economic sector to another based on the reduction potential of each, international competitiveness, available technology and required transition measures.

In making the announcement, Premier Charest stated that 48% of Québec’s total energy currently comes from renewable energy sources and that the Province holds the best GHG emissions record in Canada with approximately eleven tons per capita, half of the Canadian average. If it reaches its target, Québec will have the smallest level of emission per capita in North America. Since the transportation sector accounts for 40% of Québec’s GHG emission, it is the Government’s goal to continue implementing a number of reduction initiatives in this sector and to consider major investments to improve the availability of mass transit options and encourage increased use of intermodal transportation of goods.

For further information please see: the consultation document entitled "Le Québec et les changements climatiques : quelle cible de réduction d'émission de GES pour le Québec à l'horizon 2020?" that can be consulted at http://www.mddep.gouv.qc.ca/chang-clim/2005-2020/cible2020.htm