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Quebec Government Office in New York and Boralex
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The Quebec Experience: Electrification as a vital pathway to decarbonisation

Around the world governments are looking to deliver economic growth while also ensuring that their energy systems are modernized, more resilient and less polluting. Electrification is a vital pathway to a decarbonized economic recovery.

More than 99% of Quebec’s electricity production comes from hydro power, wind energy and residual biomass, resulting in the Quebec economy being one of the least carbon intense economies in the world. Additionally, electricity is produced at a competitive price and is used to heat buildings, power vehicles and in industrial process which contributes to reducing Quebec’s carbon footprint.

On the international stage, Quebec has been putting forward its expertise and best practices for more than a decade in organizations, partnerships and alliances promoting innovative and ambitious policies and actions to fight against climate change.

This event will focus on the history of innovations and actions that have resulted in some of the world’s lowest GHG emissions intensity, and ways that nations and subnational governments can gain inspiration from the Quebec experience.

Introductory remarks:
• Nadine Girault, Minister of International Relations and La Francophonie. Minister of Immigration, Francization and Integration (Quebec Government)
• Richard Kauffman, Chair of Generate Capital and Adjunct Senior Research Scholar for the Columbia Center on Global Energy Policy (CGEP)


  • Pierre-Olivier Pineau, Professor at HEC Montreal
  • Hugues Girardin, Vice President of Development, Boralex
  • Dallas Burtraw, Darius Gaskins Senior Fellow, Resources for the Future