Environmental collaboration between France and Quebec

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Ministers from Quebec and France will meet in Paris next week in order to discuss further collaboration in the fight against climate change.

Quebec’s Minister of the Environment and the Fight Against Climate Change, Mr Benoit Charette, will be in Paris from September 29 to October 2 in order to strengthen ties cooperation between Quebec and France in the environmental field, particularly in terms of carbon pricing.

The minister will notably participate in an event on carbon markets and fair and equitable transition. Alongside the ambassador of France to the climate, Brigitte Collet, Charette Minister will co-chair the opening of the meeting, which will bring together experts from Quebec and France. The purpose of this round table is to examine the main tools of carbon pricing, the conditions for social acceptance, the integrated approach of Québec and the green taxation of France to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, as well as collaboration between different carbon markets. The meeting follows the will expressed by Quebec Premier François Legault and the President of the French Republic, Emmanuel Macron, during Mr. Legault’s visit to Paris in January 2019, to consolidate the collaboration between Quebec and France in the area of ​​the environment.

Minister Charette will meet for the first time its French counterpart, the new minister of ecology and solidarity Transition, Elizabeth Borne, and other French personalities in the field of environmental protection and the fight against climatic changes. A meeting with a representative of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is also on the Minister’s agenda, as well as numerous meetings with senior business leaders and international organisations. He will then have the opportunity to discuss various issues such as biodiversity conservation and renewable energies.

The minister will conclude his mission by delivering a keynote address at a conference luncheon featuring carbon market experts and business professionals.

“Quebec’s state-of-the-art expertise in the areas of environmental protection and climate change shines at the international level and gives us a competitive edge in a global economy that needs become more carbon-friendly and environmentally friendly. In the face of the climate emergency, it is our duty to share this experience, particularly in order to encourage other states to acquire a carbon market” said Benoit Charette, Minister of the Environment and the Fight Against Climate Change.

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