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2006–2012 Climate Change Action Plan

Sectoral actions aimed at reducing or avoiding greenhouse gas emissions in Québec

Actions addressing Québec’s adaptation to climate change


Québec’s industrial sector

The industrial sector is also affected by other measures in the 2006-2012 CCAP with regard to energy efficiency, the management of residual materials and technological innovation.

Measure 11: Reduce GHG emissions in Québec’s industrial sector

Measure 11 of the Action Plan sought to negotiate agreements with each sector of Québec industry. This is the context in which a framework agreement (French) was reached on June 26, 2007 between the Ministère du Développement durable, de l’Environnement et des Parcs, the Aluminum Association of Canada and the three Québec aluminum refineries: Rio Tinto Alcan, Alcoa Canada and Aluminerie Alouette. In the wake of this framework agreement, separate individual agreements were to be signed with the three corporations.

Moreover, following the April 2007 unveiling of the federal government’s regulatory framework for industrial greenhouse gas emissions and the emergence of regional GHG cap-and-trade systems in North America, the Government of Québec decided to opt for regulatory GHG cap-and-trade to help achieve its reduction targets for Québec’s industrial sector. In this context, Québec joined the Western Climate Initiative.

In December, 2011, the Québec government enacted the Regulation respecting the cap-and-trade system for greenhouse gas emission allowances. On June 8, 2012, an amendment to the regulation was proposed primarily to enable harmonizing and integrating the cap-and-trade system with the system established by California as well as with others that partner entities might establish.


Measure 12: Implement the Regulation respecting halocarbons

This regulation, adopted in 2004, requires recovery or draining of any apparatus that contains halocarbons prior to commencement of work that may produce emissions. As well, since June 1, 2008, workers who use halocarbons are required to obtain an attestation stipulating that they are proper qualified.

Environmental regulation to better manage the use of halocarbons (French)

The industrial sector is also affected by other measures in the 2006-2012 CCAP with regard to energy efficiency, the management of residual materials and technological innovation.

 

 


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