Reduction of GHG emissions: consumption in Québec contrary to the objectives

Réduction de GES: la consommation au Québec contraire aux objectifs

MONTREAL — A report focusing on the energy transition in Québec deplores the fact that the consumer trends are contrary to the objectives of reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

In fact, according to the most recent data produced Friday by the Chair of management of the energy sector at HEC Montréal, the more petroleum products were sold in Quebec in 2017. However, the essence is the source of energy more expensive for consumers when compared with electricity and natural gas.

Pierre-Olivier Pineau, coauthor of the report, pointed out that the Plan director, in transition, innovation and energy efficiency of Québec 2018-2023 and the carbon market will help Quebec reduce its use of fossil fuels and its GHG emissions. However, for a successful transition, it will be necessary, in his opinion, to prioritize a transition to an economy that minimizes energy losses and improves productivity.

Professor Pineau observes that on the one hand, the Quebec draws nearly 50 % of all its energy from renewable sources. On the other hand, Quebecers continue to invest record amounts in the purchase of an ever-increasing number of large vehicles and houses constantly larger. The researcher said that it is of trends that jeopardize the achievement of the targets set by the government to reduce by 40 % the consumption of petroleum products and 37.5 % of GHG emissions by 2030.

The report also notes that the sale of electric vehicles is in progress, but only if their deployment is carried out on a large scale within 12 years, the challenge of managing the peak demand will be amplified in the electricity distribution network. The canadian Press

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