Montreal decarbonization

Montreal’s 2050 decarbonization plan targets heating systems

The city of Montreal is developing a decarbonization plan that’ll see the city phase out heating oil and other carbon-releasing heating sources. The plan calls for all municipal buildings and new construction buildings to be carbon neutral by 2030, and for all existing buildings to be carbon neutral by 2050.

The city has targeted heating oil as one of its top pollution emitters. Heating oil accounts for 28% of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the city’s residential sector, and represents 14% of GHG emissions for the commercial and institutional verticals across the city.

The city of Montreal has earmarked $4 million in investments, to be dispersed by 2021, to help Montreal landowners to transition away from heating oil through voluntary oil substitution programs for the first few years. Montreal mayor Valérie Plante said the city officials will draft a by-law by 2020 banning heating oil systems and requiring mandatory substitutions for all existing buildings over a decade-plus long period.

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The city joined C40’s One Planet Charter in 2018, which requires the city to develop a climate action plan by 2020 that aims for carbon neutrality by 2050.

“The fight against climate change is a priority for our administration,” Mayor Plante said in a statement. “We are at the very beginning of a long-term project. Our metropolis will reach its ambitious Zero Carbon goals, thanks to the implementation of our future Climate Plan.”


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