New Target for the Reduction of Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Québec: AN AMBITIOUS OBJECTIVE ACCORDING TO THE QUÉBEC MINING ASSOCIATION
Québec City, September 17, 2015 – According to the Québec Mining Association (QMA), the government is setting an ambitious objective by targeting a 37.5% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, compared to the level in the 1990s. It will have to put one shoulder to the wheel and help mining companies make the necessary emissions reduction, in particular those converting diesel-powered facilities to natural gas or renewable energy supply.
"The mining industry is making every possible effort to minimize its greenhouse gas emissions and is anxious to find out how the government hopes to achieve its new target. What will be the impacts on mining companies in the North that are currently hostages to diesel because they have no access to natural gas or hydroelectricity? What effort is the government prepared to make to support the conversion of existing facilities? We know the government's target. Now we want to know how it intends to achieve it," says Josée Méthot, the QMA's president and CEO.
According to the QMA, the greenhouse gas reduction target must also take into account the realities facing mining companies. Currently, many do not have access to natural gas or renewable energy and must use sources of energy that create more pollution. Given the current slowdown in the mining sector, investing considerable amounts of money in a conversion process could threaten their competitiveness and therefore place jobs in jeopardy. The mining industry is aware of the impact of its activities on the environment and has taken concrete action to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. For example, new mines entering the production phase rely on natural gas wherever possible, and the use of renewable energy, such as wind energy, is also being experimented.
"The mining industry is ready and willing to take part in the fight against climate change. This is an ongoing process in which the QMA and its members are already engaged," concludes Josée Méthot.
About the Québec Mining Association
The Québec Mining Association (QMA) was founded in 1936 and speaks proactively for mining companies involved in extraction and processing, mining contractors and junior mining companies, along with suppliers, institutions, non-profit organizations and other mining sector partners. It is proud of the 45,000 high-quality jobs and $3.2 billion in investment generated by Québec’s mining industry over the last year. The QMA’s mission is to promote, support and play a role in the development of a responsible, committed and innovative mining industry in Québec.