Challenges to be met

Québec’s electricity production sector has one of the lowest carbon footprints in the world. The electricity it produces is derived from sources that are more than 99.8% renewable, mainly hydropower.

The government is making the electrification of transportation, buildings and industrial activities the Plan’s focal point so that currently consumed fossil fuels will gradually be replaced by this Québec-produced green energy. As a result, Québec will reduce its greenhouse gas emissions and investments in our local economy will grow.

Québec will export its electricity to its neighbours and become the “battery” of northeastern America. By becoming a clean energy supplier, Québec will contribute to the effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions beyond its borders.

In addition to electricity, new sources of renewable energy, including bioenergy, green hydrogen and renewable natural gas will diversify Québec’s energy portfolio. Through the development of these green energies, the government will consolidate the international expertise Québec already has with its clean electricity.

The main Plan’s numerical targets are:

  • Reduce GHG emissions by 37.5% below 1990 levels by 2030. 
  • Achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. 
  • Have 1.6 million electric vehicles on the road in Québec by 2030. 
  • No sales of new gasoline-powered cars and passenger trucks vehicles as of 2035.
  • 55% of city buses and 65% of school buses electrified by 2030.
  • 100% of governmental cars, SUVs, vans and minivans and 25% of pickup trucks electrified in 2030.
  • 15% low-carbon content in gasoline and 10% in diesel fuel by 2030 
  • 50% reduction of emissions related to heating for buildings by 2030.
  • 60% reduction in emissions from government buildings by 2030.
  • 10% renewable natural gas (RNG) in the network in 2030.
  • 50% increase in bioenergy production by 2030.
  • 70% of off-grid systems energy supply from renewable sources by 2025.

The government is implementing a series of actions that will help achieve these objectives.

 

 

Last update: April 27, 2022

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