Québec, March 1, 2017. – The results of the February 22 greenhouse gas (GHG) emission units auction held jointly with California are now available. This was the tenth joint auction to take place since the Québec and California markets were linked on January 1, 2014.
The Minister of Sustainable Development, the Environment and the Fight against Climate Change, David Heurtel, announced the auction results today.
During the sale, 11 673 000 emission units from 2014 and 2017 were sold at a price of $17.84 CA ($13.57 US) and 701 000 units for the year 2020 were sold at a price of $17.84 CA ($13.57 US). The sale generated gross revenue in the order of 29 million Canadian dollars for Québec.
“The carbon market is Québec’s centerpiece in the fight against climate change. In addition to fostering GHG emission reduction, it is a green fiscal tool that contributes to our economy’s modernization and sustainable development. To date, the carbon market has generated close to 1.5 billion dollars in revenue for Québec. The funds will be used to support Québec’s businesses, municipalities, institutions and citizens in their transition to a lower-carbon world. Together, we can fight climate change to ensure the best quality of life for our children. Let’s do it for them!”
David Heurtel, Minister of Sustainable Development, the Environment and the Fight against Climate Change.
- Québec is aiming to reduce its GHG emissions by 20% below 1990 levels by 2020 and 37.5% by 2030. In conjunction with the Under2 Memorandum of Understanding, Québec has also committed to an 80-95% reduction by 2050 as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change recommends for industrialized countries.
The results summary of the February 22, 2017 auction is available on the Ministère’s website at: http://www.mddelcc.gouv.qc.ca/changements/carbone/avis-resultats.htm.
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