Montréal's first strategic plan for sustainable development - City unveils action plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

    MONTREAL, March 8 /CNW Telbec/ - Mr. Alan DeSousa, member of the
executive committee responsible for economic development, sustainable
development and Montréal 2025, today announced the publication of the Plan
d'action corporatif "Pour préserver le climat" and Inventaire corporatif des
émissions de gaz à effet de serre 2002-2004 - Agglomération de Montréal. These
two documents aim to support actions by municipalities of the Montréal
agglomeration to protect our climate balance.
    "The goals of this action plan is to ensure sustainable development in
our city and achieve the objectives set in November 2005 at the Municipal
Leaders Summit on Climate Change, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 20%
between 2002 and 2012... a much greater challenge than the Canadian level set
by the Kyoto Protocol," said Alan DeSousa.
    "The Inventaire corporatif is a tool that will enable boroughs and
reconstituted municipalities to manage efficiently their energy consumption
and reduce costs."
    These documents are concrete examples of the city's commitments as part
of Montréal's first strategic plan for sustainable development, adopted in
April 2005. Using the city as an example, they will help in negotiating a
greenhouse gas reduction plan for the entire Island of Montréal with city
    Mr. DeSousa explained that the Plan d'action, which is based on
result-based management, focuses on 12 actions and three performance
indicators. The key element of this approach is the creation of an "Energy"
financial tool aimed at optimizing resources and harnessing financial aids in
the field of energy efficiency. The proposed operating procedure selects
projects having the best return on investment and the lowest cost, in dollars,
per tonne of CO2.
    With these plans and specific actions proposed for the various
administration departments, Montréal takes on a leadership role in terms of
solutions for achieving sustainable development. The city also hopes that the
initiative will encourage the community to act concretely to reduce greenhouse
gas emissions.
    Mr. DeSousa also mentioned that this corporate commitment represents a
genuine environmental challenge that involves all urban agglomeration
municipal employees. "Meeting this objective is an economic necessity to
maintain quality services available to residents at a time when energy costs
are increasing significantly," added Mr. DeSousa.
    "Our choice was always clear: make sustainable development the
cornerstone on which to build Montréal. We are giving ourselves the means
necessary to achieve our goals, and we hope to make Montréal a city with the
best quality of life possible," concluded Mr. DeSousa.

For further information:

For further information: Natacha Beauchesne, Relations avec les médias,
(514) 872-6013; Source: Darren Becker, Cabinet du maire et du comité exécutif,
(514) 872-6412

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