14 Sep 2011

Montréal, September 14, 2011 – In light of the public consultation on the draft regulation for the greenhouse gas (GHG) cap-and-trade system initiated by Pierre Arcand, Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment and Parks Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton is releasing its memorandum.

“With this system, Quebec businesses will have the opportunity to begin preparing this fall for the anticipated implementation of the cap-and-trade system in 2012 as well as for the transition period leading to the GHG emission regulations enforcement in January 2013,” commented Roger Fournier, Lead Senior Director, Environment, Greenhouse Gas Emissions and GHG certification specialist with Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton.

The emission allowance market, which is currently being created in association with the states of California and New Mexico as well as the provinces of Ontario and British Columbia, looks promising for Quebec enterprises. Once it is regulated, we hope that its real advantages will prove beneficial for Quebec entrepreneurs.

“While the province’s draft legislation does need some fine-tuning, Quebec enterprises should benefit from its implementation. Since the proposed system accepts offset credits for up to 8% of emissions of regulated enterprises, we believe that this will create a business opportunity for other Quebec enterprises that have reduced their emissions and may, therefore, sell offset credits,” concluded Mr. Fournier.

To view the memorandum: www.rcgt.com/memorandum-ghg

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