Montreal’s Climate Action Plan plants trees, discourages non-electric cars

Montreal’s Climate Plan for 2020 – 2030 was announced on December 10. The city’s Executive Summary of the 46 proposals is here , and the Montreal Gazette newspaper summarizes the plan in these words: “The city of Montreal will plant 500,000 trees, ban non-electric cars downtown, remove parking around métro stations, adopt the most stringent regulations in Canada for greenhouse gas emissions from buildings, and impose a “climate test” on itself when it makes decisions.”  Specifically, the plan calls for greenhouse gas emission reduction by 55 per cent by 2030 (compared with 1990 levels), with the city’s own operations carbon neutral by 2040, and the city as a whole carbon neutral by 2050.  The Montreal Gazette article also summarizes reaction and criticism of the plan by politicians and environmentalists – mostly centred around a lack of financial detail.


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