Québec SALUTES GOVERNOR INSLEE’S ANNOUNCEMENT OF
carbon pollution accountability act
Quebec, December 17, 2014 – The Minister for Sustainable
development, Environment and the Fight against climate change, Mr. David
Heurtel, welcomes the announcement made today by Washington State Governor
Jay Inslee to create a Carbon Pollution Accountability Act (CPA) which would
be “a new, market-based program that limits carbon pollution and requires
major polluters to pay for their emissions”. Should this bill pass,
Washington State could become the next partner to join the linked
Quebec/California carbon market.
“By choosing to put a price on carbon, the State of Washington joins other
North American subnational governments that have decided to play a leading
role in the fight against climate change”, said Minister Heurtel. Governor
Inslee chose an efficient, low-cost solution to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG)
emissions that brings together economic development and environmental
protection”, said Minister Heurtel.
This is a major step forward provided by Governor Inslee in the fight
against climate change. The CPA would “will affect the relatively small
number of businesses that generate 85 percent of Washington’s carbon
emissions”, contributing to the “transition of Washington to cleaner sources
of energy and meet carbon pollution limits adopted by the state Legislature
in 2008” Earlier this year, Governor Inslee had demonstrated his commitment
to address this challenge by signing an executive order announcing a series
of measures to reduce GHG emissions and accelerate the use of low-carbon
energy technologies. The presentation of this bill which includes more
accountability for major polluters testifies to the willingness that
prevails in the State of Washington to tackle the issue of climate change.
Quebec has been actively seeking other partners to maximize the performance
of its carbon market. Quebec’s carbon market system is flexible enough to
allow its linking with other systems. Quebec and Ontario signed on November
21 a memorandum of understanding to foster concerted actions on climate
change, within which a commitment was made to explore the possibilities of
introducing market mechanisms in Ontario similar to those already
implemented in Québec and California. Furthermore, at COP20 in Lima, Quebec
joined Ontario, British-Columbia and California in a joint declaration in
which the partners reaffirmed their commitment towards the global fight
against climate change.
This declaration follows Quebec’s economic update, in which the government
announced 350 million dollars worth of investments in measures aimed at
helping SMEs make the transition towards a greener economy. These
investments are possible thanks to the revenues generated by its carbon
market system, which transits through the Green Fund.
It is within this context that minister Heurtel had met with a
representative form the State of Washington at the New York Climate Summit
last September to emphasise the importance of putting a price on carbon and
of developing market mechanisms while fostering durable economic growth
within a competitive global economy.
During the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties of the United
Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change that took place last week in
Lima, Peru, minister Heurtel asserted once more Quebec’s leadership in the
fight against climate change.
“I would like to express Quebec’s support and to offer our full cooperation
in the process that Washington State may be about to undertake. Together, we
can act and innovate, not only with the short-term in mind, but also with a
long-term vision that takes into account the world we would like our
children to live in”, concluded Minister Heurtel.
Quebec has linked its carbon market system for GHG allowances with that of
California on January 1st, 2014, thereby creating the largest carbon market
in North America and the first to have been designed and to be run by
subnational governments of different countries. Québec has chosen to
allocate all the revenues, which should amount to 3.3 billion dollars by
2020, from its carbon market system to the Green fund to finance measures to
fight climate change. These investments not only boost the economy and
generate jobs, they also have the power to substantially improve the quality
of life of our citizens.
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Assistant Press Officer
Office of the Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment
and the Fight against Climate Change
Phone: 418 521-3911
Ministère du Développement durable,
de l’Environnement et de la Lutte contre
les changements climatiques
Phone: 418 521-3991