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Quebec’s greenhouse gas emissions increased in 2019: report


The McInnis cement plant alone accounted for the equivalent of 1.03 million tonnes.

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Quebec’s greenhouse gas emissions increased by 1.5% from 2018 to 2019, according to a report from the Ministry of the Environment released on Wednesday, and the main driver of this increase was the McInnis cement plant in Port-Daniel in the Gaspé.

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In 2019, Quebec emitted 84.3 million tonnes of GHGs, an increase of 1.28 million compared to the previous year.

The ministry tried to save face by noting that emissions were down 2.7% in 2019 from 1990 figures, but this reduction is only a fraction of the 20% reduction target that the government had set for 2020.

The McInnis plant alone accounted for the equivalent of 1.03 million tonnes of carbon dioxide in 2019, and a partial summary from 2020 shows 1.213 million tonnes, an increase of 16.7%.

Only one company exceeds McInnis in GHG production in 2020: the Fibrek pulp mill in St-Félicien, with 1.271 million tonnes, but 1.166 million tonnes of these emissions come from the combustion of biomass.

After McInnis, we find the Jean-Gaulin refinery of Valero in Lévis (1.204 million tonnes) and the Suncor refinery in Montreal (1.081 million tonnes).

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The Minister of the Environment reiterated that its new objective is to reduce emissions by 37.5% compared to 1990 levels by 2030 and to make Quebec carbon neutral by 2050.

In his statement, Environment Minister Benoit Charette blamed previous governments, saying that actions to reduce emissions in Quebec were insufficient “and that many choices were not wise”, including the reopening of the plant. McInnis. He added that Quebec is still the best province in Canada in GHG per capita.

Greenpeace reacted to the statement, with climate spokesperson Patrick Bonin saying the government of Prime Minister François Legault “is hiding behind the pitiful performance of previous governments” and said it “should look in the mirror because its climate record is far from brilliant after more than three years in power.

He declared that Quebec’s Green Plan will not achieve a 50% reduction by 2030 and that “the climate crisis requires draconian efforts from all nations. Quebec should set an example as a rich nation and drastically reduce emissions from all sectors, starting with industries and transport, without forgetting territorial management, preservation of forests, buildings, agriculture, etc. power supply and general energy management.