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MINISTER BOISCLAIR MAKES PUBLIC THE INVENTORY OF GREENHOUSE GASES IN QUÉBEC 1990-2000

Montréal, October 18, 2002 – The Minister of State for Municipal Affairs and Greater Montréal, the Environment and Water, André Boisclair, made public today the Inventory of greenhouse gases in Québec 1990-2000. The inventory contains data compiled since 1990, the reference year for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Kyoto Protocol.

The Ministère de l'Environnement has been collecting data on atmospheric emissions from over 350 Québec companies and institutions since 1990. It also compiles data from other sectors including transportation, agriculture and waste. It is worthwhile pointing out that the inventory adheres to the technical guidelines set forth by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which is a branch of the United Nations Organization.

Highlights

The inventory shows that GHG emissions in Canada rose by 19.6% from 1990 to 2000. During that same period, they increased by 2.3% in Québec, which is a rate lower than the growth of Québec’s population (up 6%) and Québec’s GDP (up 26%). Also worthwhile mentioning is the fact that per-capita GHG emissions in Québec declined by 3% from 1990 to 2000, whereas the Canadian average rose by 9% during the same period.

In 2000, the main sources of GHG emissions in Québec were transportation with 38% and industry with 32.5% of the Québec total. The transportation sector largely accounts for the rise in emission from 1990 to 2000. In fact, during that period, road transportation emissions climbed 14,5%. This is largely due to the greater number of light and heavy trucks on the road. GHG emissions from industry declined 4.5% while those from the waste sector dropped 13.3%.

The report entitled "Inventory of greenhouse gases in Québec 1990-2000" and its highlights are available on the Ministère's Web site.

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Sources :

Jean-Louis Laplante
Press Attaché
Office of the Minister of
State for Municipal Affairs
and Greater Montréal,
the Environment and Water
Tel.: (418) 691-2050
Huguette Proulx
Direction des communications
Ministère de l'Environnement

Tel.: (418) 521-3823, ext. 7085

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