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Recently, the mayor Valerie Plant has indicated the intention of the City of Montreal to become carbon neutral by 2050.
Montreal has entered into an agreement with the David Suzuki Foundation and the Fondation familiale Trottier, who will pay $ 250,000 in order to assist the City to develop a transition plan climate and to meet its target of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
In 2010, Montréal had set a target of reducing 30 % of the community GHG by 2020 compared to 1990. In 2014, the decline reached 23 %. The target has been increased to 35 % with the plan Deadline 2020, adopted by the member cities of the C40 in the wake of the Paris Agreement.
More recently, the mayor Valerie Plant has indicated the intention of the City to become carbon neutral by 2050.
Financial assistance of $ 250,000 of the two foundations will allow the City to seek external expertise in order to carry out different studies. Additional assistance up to $ 400,000 could also be given to the need.
In Quebec, the transport is responsible for 43 % of the GHG emissions while in Montreal, it represents 46% of the polluting emissions. In addition, the number of cars in the city continues to increase. According to recent data from the Société de l’assurance automobile du Québec, the vehicle fleet of the urban agglomeration of Montreal increases of approximately 1 % per year since 2005.
Valérie Plante acknowledges that the issue of transport will be important. The administration has also ordered 300 hybrid buses since coming to power, she recalled Monday. Measures that will affect other areas, such as buildings, will be unveiled in 2019, she promised : “The effort of this morning, it is to press the accelerator and give us a roadmap to get to that goal carbon neutral by 2050. “
The opposition at city hall, has welcomed the agreement reached between the City and its partners. “The fight against climate change must take place both on the world stage and on the local scene,” said the head of the Whole Montreal, Lionel Perez.