June 19, 2006

Quebec seeks to adopt stricter greenhouse gas vehicle standards

Quebec City, Quebec – The government of Quebec has launched a 24-point, six-year action plan to reduce or avoid greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, including restrictions on GHG on a carbon tax. The province’s emissions have risen 6.6 per cent since 1990.

Transportation emits the largest amount of GHG in Quebec, accounting for 37.4 per cent of the total. The new action plan, called Quebec and Climate Change, A Challenge for the Future, outlines a series of actions, including implementing new GHG standards for new cars similar to those set by the state of California; setting a minimum 5 per cent ethanol component for total fuel sales by 2012; encouraging municipalities to implement idle-restriction laws; encouraging the development and use of public transit; encouraging alternatives such as car-sharing, carpooling and active transportation such as cycling or walking; mandating the use of speed-limiting devices on all heavy-duty trucks to 105 km/h; and a carbon tax in the form of a royalty on hydrocarbons. The government expects the tax to raise about $200 million per year over six years, with proceeds to finance a $1.2 billion Green Fund.

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