Montreal receives $117 million to act against climate change

The Government of Quebec confirmed on Monday the granting of an envelope of $117 million to the City of Montreal, to enable it to carry out its “Climate Plan”, which will include the installation of 800 electric charging stations and the place of a “zero emission” zone.

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The sums will be used to finance “concrete measures to combat climate change” until 2025.

“For it to work, you have to put energy into it, but also resources, including financial resources. The IPCC report tells us, we do not have time to wait, we must do more and take concrete action,” said the mayor of Montreal, Valérie Plante.

She was at the Sustainable Development Center for the announcement, in the company of the Minister of the Environment and the Fight Against Climate Change, Benoit Charette, and the Minister for Transport, Chantal Rouleau.

The money will be used in particular to finance the deployment of 800 electric charging stations, to “decarbonize” about fifteen municipal buildings so that they operate without fossil energy, as well as to allow the creation of green infrastructure projects to counter heat islands and promote the management of heavy rains.

As an example of this last point, Mme Plante explained that the City will create “blue parks”, which in addition to their pleasant appearance, will serve to retain rainwater in the event of flooding.

“In the Pierre-Dansereau park, near the MIL Campus, we will make one that will allow the retention of about 700 m2 of water, the equivalent of about a third of an Olympic swimming pool,” revealed Ms. Plante.

The city is also planning to build some twenty water retention basins on rue Papineau, in the borough of Ahuntsic – Cartierville.

Mme Plante also mentioned his desire to create a “zero-emission” zone in the city center, without however having details on the targeted sector or on the methods of implementation.

“Our government is proud to recognize the leadership and support the efforts of cities like Montreal, because their actions will have a significant effect on reaching Quebec’s climate transition targets,” said Mr. Charrette.

He also revealed that his government would soon pass a law to prohibit, by 2035, the sale of gas-powered vehicles in Quebec. A “first in North America”.

The City’s Climate Plant was implemented at the end of 2020. With it, Montreal plans to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 55% by 2030, compared to their 1990 level, with a view to to be carbon neutral in 2050.

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