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Quebec City unites around its climate ambition

Photo: Jacques Boissinot The Canadian Press “As a city alone, we cannot achieve it,” conceded the mayor of Quebec, Bruno Marchand (here in 2023), during the inauguration of the initiative.

Sébastien Tanguay in Quebec

5:35 p.m.

  • Quebec City

The City of Quebec is no longer going it alone in its ambition to reduce its GHG emissions by 45% compared to 2010 by 2030. The business, community and institutional communities of the capital is following suit in the climate transition, united around a new initiative inspired by Boston and Montreal: Québec Capitale Climat.

“As a city alone, we cannot do it,” conceded the mayor of the capital, Bruno Marchand, during the inauguration of the initiative. To achieve the decarbonization of the region, the private sector is now also committed to joining forces to “accelerate” the battle against climate change.

Co-chaired by the rector of Laval University, Sophie d’Amours, and by the CEO. of the Beneva insurance company, Jean-François Chalifoux, the coalition brings together around twenty “economic, philanthropic, institutional and community leaders” from Quebec, including the Chamber of Commerce, the CHU de Québec, the CIUSSS de la Capitale-Nationale , Caisse Desjardins and Michel Dallaire, a real estate developer with a considerable portfolio in the capital.

All are committed to sharing best practices in sustainable development and mobilizing their respective communities around the ecological transition. This mobilization will “perhaps allow us to have more ambition”, believes Christian Savard, general director of Vivre en ville.

“This was the consequence in Boston and Montreal where there were similar initiatives,” he indicated in reference to the Boston Green Ribbon Commission, set up in Massachusetts in 2010, and to Partenariat Climat Montréal, in operation since 2021. There has been an acceleration of actions and an increase in targets. I wish us something similar for Quebec. »

Québec Capitale Climat will have a budget of “at least” $900,000 for the next two years, financed mainly by the City of Quebec. “Seeing the enthusiasm for this project,” hopes Valérie Beaudoin, CEO. of the Fondation Québec Philanthrope, we know very, very well that we will be able to go there at high speed and work with an operating budget of two million. »

The machine now launched, members will be able to “take the pilgrim’s staff” and “go knock on doors” to unite civil society and boost QCC’s financing.

“We created a mobilization committee,” explains Steeve Lavoie, president of the Quebec Chamber of Commerce and Industry. For example, Pierre Moreau, [an important restaurateur in the capital], will talk to other restaurateurs. He has credibility. Michel Dallaire, it’s the same thing: he’s going to talk about it and everything will come together very quickly. »

The partners united around the initiative will set their own objectives in terms of reducing polluting emissions, will agree to obey a precise timetable and will participate in annual accountability exercises.< /p>

However, their membership in the grouping is not binding, since no consequences will await any bad students. The initiative relies more on peer pressure and the good faith of participants than on punishment to achieve its climate ambitions.

“They all have children, these people,” underlined Alexandre Turgeon, the director general of the Regional Environmental Council of the Capitale-Nationale. Seriously, we have to be able to look at our children and tell them: we took the right actions. These are the consequences. »

Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116