The Government of Québec has just completed the first stage of linking the Québec and California carbon markets. The regulation to amend the Regulation respecting a cap-and-trade system for greenhouse gas emission allowances was published in the Gazette officielle du Québec, and will be available for public consultation for a period of 60 days.
As a North American hub of the emerging electric vehicle industry, Québec loomed large last month during a Canadian EV trade mission to California showcasing Québec’s savoir-faire in electric drive trains, charging stations, specialty vehicles and advanced light-weight components. The 28 company strong mission to EVS26 – the 26th Electric Vehicle Symposium – last May featured 25 Québec-based including TM4, GridBOT, Precicad et Plastik MP and was led by the Quebec Ground Transportation Cluster.
Québec Premier Jean Charest, Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment and Parks Pierre Arcand and Minister of Transport Pierre Moreau unveiled on June 3 the 2013-2020 Climate Change Action Plan (PACC 2020) and the accompanying Government Strategy for Climate Change Adaptation. The action plan and strategy for adaptation call for investments totalling nearly 2.7 billion dollars.
Québec’s delegation in Los Angeles actively supported the SIAL Canada trade mission in Montréal on May 9 to 11 and contributed to its success by identifying, contacting and accompanying enterprises from West America for this event.
We are pleased to announce the launch of a joint initiative sponsored by SUNY Plattsburgh, McGill University, the Quebec Ministry of International Relations, and the American Council for Quebec Studies, focusing on three related efforts: a call for papers; the convening of a colloquium; and, the publication of edited essays in the journal Quebec Studies.
Members of Parliament of the National Assembly of Quebec will again this year attend the National Leadership Conference of the Council of State Governments (CSG), to be held in La Quinta, California, from May 17 to May 20, 2012.
Québec Minister of Transport Pierre Moreau was in Seattle, Washington, on Friday, April 13, 2012, to meet the city’s main transportation players and discuss public transportation governance and ferry services. The mission was coordinated by the Québec government office in Los Angeles.
On May 23 – 25, Montréal will hold the first edition of C2-MTL (Commerce and Creativity Montréal) a major business conference where innovators from all industrial sectors will gather for non-traditional experiences showcasing the value of using both the left and right sides of our brains to optimize thinking potential and creativity – specifically in business.
Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment and Parks, Pierre Arcand, recently travelled to California to hold discussions with his government officials on shared issues such as the cap-and-trade system, electric vehicles and San Francisco’s Zero Waste program.
About a dozen organizations will take part in a pilot project aimed at creating a recognized carbon footprint certification system in Québec. Launched by the Ministère du Développement économique, de l’Innovation et de l'Exportation (MDEIE), the initiative will receive $24 million in funding from the Québec government. The term “carbon footprint” refers to the total greenhouse gas emissions produced during the full life cycle of a product, from design to disposal.
President and CEO of the national Library and Archives of Québec (BAnQ), Mr. Guy Berthiaume, and the director of cultural programming, Mrs Nicole Vallieres, were in Los Angeles from February 21 to 23, 2012 for a business visit.