The Opportunity: Quebec can lead on global warming solutions and capitalize on the clean energy economy

The David Suzuki Foundation and Équiterre have submitted comments on the draft regulation to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions under the Environment Quality Act.

This regulation, if well-designed and implemented on January 1, 2012, could be among the most powerful tools the government has in the fight against climate change. This effort will play an important role in determining Quebec's success at reducing global warning emissions, and along with initiatives from powerful partners like the State of California, it could form the blueprint for North America's response to global warming.

We are encouraged that the Quebec government continues to show leadership in the fight against climate change by introducing this regulation. However, in a number of areas the proposed draft regulation is weak and potentially flawed.

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The David Suzuki Foundation and Équiterre are therefore proposing the following reforms to ensure the environmental integrity of this regulation to cap and reduce Quebec's greenhouse gas emission is upheld and that the system is effective.

We believe if this draft regulation is strengthened in these following areas, Quebec's leadership on this initiative could help steer North America and the world toward overcoming the greatest threat to our future.

By placing a strong price signal on carbon pollution through a cap-and-trade system, Quebec could position itself at the forefront of climate leadership in North America, strategically capitalizing on the clean-energy economy, one of the fastest-growing industries in the world. This global trend has created tremendous economic and job opportunities for Quebec to be an innovator and developer of solutions to climate change.

The David Suzuki Foundation/Équiterre submission can be read here.

September 18, 2011

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