Carbon market – promoting the green economy in Québec

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“Déborah Bélanger, mayor of Rivière-Rouge; Jean Bernier, Assistant Director, Environment, WSP; Vincent Pouliot, Carbon Market and Energy Efficiency Manager, Gaz Métro; Marc Forget, General Manager, RIDR; Gilbert Brassard, mayor of Labelle and RIDR president. (CNW Group/Gaz Métro)

MONTREAL  – The Régie intermunicipale des déchets de la Rouge (RIDR) and Gaz Métro are pleased to announce their five-year agreement as part of the cap and trade system for greenhouse gas (GHG) emission allowances established by the Government of Québec and related to theCalifornia cap-and-trade program (the “carbon market”). Under this agreement, Gaz Métro agrees to purchase all the offset credits generated by the RIDR’s activities and granted by the Ministère du Développement durable, de l’Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques. The offset credits acquired under this agreement will allow Gaz Métro to cover a part of the GHG emissions generated by the utility and its customers, and promote innovative projects to stimulate Québec’s green economy.

These offset credits result from the elimination of biogas from the Marchand engineered landfill, located in Rivière-Rouge, which receives waste from the 35 municipalities grouped under the RIDR. The RIDR started this biogas recovery project in 2009 in order to offer its citizens a healthier living environment. This initiative also made it possible for the RIDR to reduce its GHG emissions by 94,000 tonnes, or the equivalent of taking more than 3,500 vehicles off the road.

“We’re very pleased with what we’ve managed to do in the past few years in terms of recovering and eliminating biogas released by our landfill and in so doing, generate offset credits. Our agreement with partners such as Gaz Métro allows us to plan other projects to reduce GHG emissions and thereby offer our citizens a quality environment,” stated RIDR president Gilbert Brassard.

“As part of the fight to reduce GHG emissions, Gaz Métro is first trying to reduce its own environmental footprint and encouraging its customers to reduce their consumption through energy efficiency programs. Beyond that, GHG residual emissions must be offset in a variety of ways, including offset credits. We’re proud of the agreement signed with the RIDR, which supports a community’s commitment to finding concrete ways to cut its GHG emissions,” explained Vincent Pouliot, Carbon Market and Energy Efficiency Manager at Gaz Métro.

Recovering more biogas

Bolstered by the results of this project, the RIDR would like to considerably increase the biogas volumes recovered and eliminated by drilling more wells in its landfills over the next five years. More specifically, the RIDR is aiming for a four-fold increase in the biogas volumes recovered from engineered landfills by adding wells and finalizing the capping of three landfill spaces.

“This project is good for everyone because it allows the RIDR to continue making investing and recovering more biogas and Gaz Métro to do its part in the fight against climate change and make a tangible contribution to generating benefits for Québec,” added Mr. Pouliot. – CNW Telbec

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