Quebec says it plans to transition to electric vehicles for all government departments and ensure that all of its institutional buildings become zero-emission producers for the next 19 years as it seeks to accelerate its shift to green energy.
The province previously announced plans to switch to electric cars, SUVs, pickup trucks, minivans and some heavy vehicles by 2030, but today’s announcement added all other vehicles to the list with a longer timeline for the full transition.
Environment Minister Benoit Charette made the latest promise today at the United Nations COP26 conference in Glasgow, Scotland, saying the goal is for the entire provincial government fleet to be made up of zero-emission vehicles by 2040.
Charette issued a statement saying the government is setting an example and hopes to position the province as a North American leader in the fight against climate change.
Quebec also says it intends to add charging stations in government establishments and promises to reduce 60 percent of greenhouse gas emissions from government buildings by 2030.
It says that about 25 percent of greenhouse gas emissions in Quebec come from the vehicle fleet and government agencies.
This Canadian Press report was first published on November 7, 2021.