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NOVEMBER, 2009

QUEBEC GOES GREEN

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Quebec will cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 20% by 2020. Quebec's plans for reduction of greenhouse gases are the most ambitious in North America and match the goals of European green policy. Quebec Premier Jean Charest said today (23 November, 2009) that the transition to using less carbon will be difficult for some business sectors, but the province can create green jobs. "Quebec has the resources, the know-how, the entrepreneurs and the infrastructures to become a symbol in the new green economy," said Charest.

The liberal government has intention to update the provincial planning laws to slow the urban sprawl, to eliminate gradually the oil-heating systems, and to invest in public transit. The government would help Quebec municipalities to build facilities for processing of green waste, paper and cardboard. Under this plan, there would be a ban on paper and cardboard going to landfills by 2013, and organic waste by 2020.

"You can produce 10 times more jobs with a tonne of recycled materials than a tonne of garbage," said recently the Quebec Environment Minister Line Beauchamp.

Quebec government also plans to protect an area of its boreal forests with the size of France or Texas. According to the scientists, the boreal forests are the largest terrestrial carbon sink in the world, storing twice as much carbon as tropical forests.

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