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27 May 2013

Minister of Environment carries out mission to Washington

Minister Blanchet addressed over 250 people in attendance at the prestigious Climate Leadership Gala. Among other things, he described Québec’s greenhouse gas reduction policies and expertise.

Québec’s initiatives to combat climate change were at the core of a mission to Washington, DC, carried out from May 20 to 23 by Yves-François Blanchet, Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment, Wildlife and Parks.

Meetings with people such as Nancy Sutley, President Obama’s leading environmental advisor, and Ernest Moniz, the new Secretary of Energy, were a chance for Minister Blanchet to describe Québec’s climate change policies and expertise. This was the first time that a Québec environment minister was received at the White House.

Québec and California carbon markets

The prestigious Climate Leadership Gala, held by the Earth Day Network, and the influential Resources for the Future think tank were opportunities for the Minister to address numerous international decision-makers, including Sir Richard Branson (Virgin) and Elon Musk (Tesla, Space X), with a view to highlighting Québec’s efforts and ambitious goals in the following areas:

  • reducing greenhouse gas emissions
  • adapting Québec society to the consequences of climate change
  • reducing Québec’s dependence on fossil fuels

Yves-François Blanchet also underlined the environmental and economic benefits of an agreement that will link the Québec and California carbon markets. He said that he was confident that the agreement will be extended to carbon markets in other states that have signed on to the Western Climate Initiative.

He then visited one of the sites of the Virginia Tech Advanced Research Institute, a research centre specializing in smart energy distribution grids, and the Washington showcase of electric vehicle builder Tesla Motors.


Minister Blanchet met with the Obama administration’s new Secretary of Energy, Ernest Moniz.




Ministère du Développement durable,
de l'Environnement, de la Faune et des Parcs (MDDEFP)

Carbon market
Western Climate Initiative
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