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Report on energy in Quebec: Filling the information gap

Quebeckers are consuming gasoline and diesel more than ever before. They are also buying ever larger vehicles, which offsets gains in energy efficiency. Unless reorientation measures are put in place, the government targets for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions will not be achieved. Such are the findings of the latest edition of État de l’énergie au Québec, an annual report aimed at addressing the lack of accessible information on this sector.

AN ANNUAL REPORT TO GAIN A MORE OBJECTIVE OVERVIEW

The disparity in Quebec and Canadian statistics limits the understanding of the state of the energy sector. It also compromises the decision-making ability of the relevant stakeholders on a range of issues that may threaten the various economic, political, social or environmental balances.

This is why the Chair in Energy Sector Management has been proposing, since 2015, an annual report intended for both the stakeholders and the general public. This report is being enriched every year by new tools and unpublished data. This consistent presentation of the most recent data available is also an opportunity to raise alarm signals and make recommendations to the federal and provincial governments.

A WEALTH OF UPDATED INFORMATION

  • Quebec is a major per capita consumer of energy. Much more than Germany or Norway which both have similar climates and industries.
  • Since 2009, Quebeckers have clearly demonstrated their passion for light trucks: this trend is exponential.
  • The electrification strategy of the transport sector has had no significant impact on Quebeckers' preferences. Despite subsidies, in the fall of 2018, there were fewer than 40,000 electric vehicles or plug-in hybrids in Quebec, with a fleet of almost 5 million vehicles. The government aims to have 100,000 electric vehicles on the roads by 2020.
  • The number of vehicles is constantly on the rise. This contributes not only to increases in the consumption of petroleum products and GHG emissions, but also to increases in traffic congestion.
  • Carpooling remains low (10%) compared to solo vehicle use (68%).

A STRUCTURED ACCESS TO DATA


"Although Canada is the fifth largest energy producer in the world, we did not have global and structured access to data for this sector. That is why we launched the État de l’énergie au Québec."
Pierre-Olivier Pineau, chairholder of the Chair in Energy Sector Management.

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