Reduce GHG in transportation

Transportation accounts for more than 43% of Québec’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. It also contributes significantly to air pollution. Good solutions to reduce such emissions include travel by active transportation such as walking and cycling, mass transit, and shared transportation service such as carpooling and carsharing. Another means to reduce GHG is to also electrify transportation, for example, by relying on electric vehicles using hydroelectricity, Québec’s clean energy.

To ensure that Quebecers can purchase electric vehicles, the zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) standard This hyperlink will open in a new window. has been implemented. The standard encourages automakers to increase the availability of electric vehicles on the Québec market. Requirements under the standard are becoming more stringent each year to ensure that Quebecers have access to growing numbers of low- or zero-emission cars. Moreover, starting in 2035, the sale of new gasoline-powered light-duty vehicles will be prohibited in Québec.

Quebecers can take advantage of rebates to reduce the purchase price of electric vehicles and the installation of electric vehicle charging stations This hyperlink will open in a new window.. The owners of vehicle fleets can also benefit from government financial support to electrify their fleets through programs such as Ecocamionnage This hyperlink will open in a new window., Ecobus This hyperlink will open in a new window. and Transportez vert This hyperlink will open in a new window..

To reduce Québec’s GHG emissions, the government is also supporting the electrification of heavy vehicle fleets that travel extensively on roads. This is especially true of urban buses, which will be 55% electrified province-wide by 2030. The same applies to school buses. By 2030, 65% of the fleet must be electric. In Québec, the owners of school buses who purchase new school buses are now obliged to choose electric models.

The installation of new infrastructure, such as the network of electric vehicle charging stations This hyperlink will open in a new window., is also indispensable to facilitate the widespread use in Québec of electric vehicles.

Lastly, the gradual introduction starting in 2023 of renewable fuel in gasoline and diesel and recourse to green hydrogen will also contribute to reducing the use of fossil fuels in the transportation sector in Québec.

Examples GHG-reduction projects in the transportation sector

Several transportation-related projects, including electrification initiatives, are under way in Québec. The government is funding numerous initiatives to combat climate change. Below are some examples.

Rely on all-electric school buses

Autobus Transco and Autobus Chambly are purchasing several all-electric school buses. This change of direction will considerably reduce GHG emissions in the territory of the school service centres concerned.

Reduce GHG emissions during garbage collection

Boivin Évolution is designing and manufacturing a 100% electric automated waste collection body This hyperlink will open in a new window.. In addition to reducing the GHG emissions of the trucks, this innovative technology is helping to reduce the energy consumption of the vehicles and offering greater load capacity.

Manufacture zero-emission buses and trucks

Lion Électrique manufactures all-electric heavy-duty vehicles. The company is designing and manufacturing commercial urban trucks, buses, and minibuses for school transportation. It is a North American leader in transportation electrification.

Learn to drive an electric car

The e‑roule pilot project This hyperlink will open in a new window. of the Fondation d’éducation en sécurité routière enables apprentice drivers to take their practical driving courses on all-electric cars. This initiative will reduce the GHG emissions of driving schools and afford a new generation of drivers an opportunity to discover the advantages of zero-emission vehicles.

Electrify inter-city buses

Prévost is developing a new all-electric bus and a system to convert diesel buses to electric propulsion. In addition to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, the project will create 115 jobs in Québec by 2026 and consolidate 650 other jobs.

Share vehicles to reduce GHG emissions

The project of the borough of Ahuntsic-Cartierville seeks to enable residents to share their automobiles and bicycles This hyperlink will open in a new window. to reduce single occupancy vehicle use. The project will also, by way of an example, allow for the extension and enhancement of bicycle paths.

Last update: April 28, 2022

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