Government Helps Montreal with Renewable Energy Initiatives

Canadian federal agencies and departments have committed to help Montreal implement its Strategic Sustainable Development Plan. The agencies have identified over 30 initiatives within their existing programs that can contribute to the success and achievement of the sustainable development objectives that Montreal has set for itself.

Included in the programs are initiatives to ensure that 75 percent of all automobiles, trucks, and buses operated by federal departments and agencies begin to use alternative fuels when it is cost-effective and feasible to do so, and, hopefully, have the alternative fuel programs in place by 2011. The Canadian government would also provide the City of Montreal with assistance to replace all of its sub-compact automobiles with energy efficient vehicles by the same year. Fuel cells could find a place in the city fleets, as would hybrid and electric cars. And the National Research Council (NRC) would help the city develop and implement demonstration projects in the areas of biodiesel, the use of hydrogen for mobile applications or the energy source to reduce green house gas emissions, and provide the assistance of the NRC’s Biotechnology Research Institute to measure the environmental benefits of biodiesel or ethanol. Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) would help Montreal implement an action plan designed by PWGSC to reduce energy consumption by 39 percent compared to 1990 levels, or by 16 percent compared to 2001 levels, by 2008. This action plan is in accordance with the Department’s Sustainable Development Strategy. Reducing energy consumption would include photovoltaic (PV) systems for residential buildings, and offering the knowledge of the Clean Energy Decision Support Center, which seeks to build the capacity of planners, decision makers and industry to implement renewable energy and energy efficiency projects. With offices in the Greater Montreal area, these agencies and departments intend to work with other partners to carry out joint sustainable developments projects and share their sustainable development expertise, know-how and knowledge. Minister of the Environment Stephane Dion said, “The Government of Canada is pleased to be a partner in the implementation of the Strategic Sustainable Development Plan for Montreal. This initiative clearly shows the important role that cities and communities can play in achieving sustainable development objectives, as well as in implementing the first component of the Government of Canada’s recently launched Project Green-Moving Forward on Climate Change: a Plan for Honouring Our Kyoto Commitment.” Furthermore, the City of Montreal will have the honor of hosting the 11th Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 11), and the first Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (MOP 1) in November. For more on initiatives included in Montreal’s Strategic Sustainable Development Plan visit the link below.
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