Purchases of SUVS: “We have a need for a change in behaviour,” said Julien

Achats de VUS: «On a un besoin de changement de comportements», dit Julien

The minister of Energy and natural Resources, Jonatan Julien invites Quebecers to change their behaviour in terms of purchases of vehicles, but hesitates to cast the stone.

January 21, 2020 14h39

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Purchases of SUVS: “We have a need for a change in behaviour,” said Julien

Caroline

The Canadian Press

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The minister of Energy and natural Resources, Jonatan Julien, invites Quebecers to change their behaviour in terms of purchases of vehicles, but hesitates to cast the stone.

He reacted Tuesday to the report of HEC Montréal on the state of energy in Quebec, 2020, that shows that the consumer trends in Quebec are contrary to the objectives of energy and reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

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For example, Quebecers consume ever more petroleum products and are buying more sport utility vehicles (SUVS), have noted the authors Johanne Whitmore and Pierre-Olivier Pineau.

Quebec is also the province where the electricity sales per person are among the most important.

Jonatan Julien don’t blame the Quebecers, who are “aware” of the challenges, according to him. This is because the economy is “going very well” they “are using vehicles more fuel-inefficient, he explained, Tuesday, on his arrival at the meeting of the council of ministers.

It recognizes, however, that Quebec has “a need for change of behaviors”.

Half a million people demonstrated for the environment in Montreal last September, and nearly 300,000 people have signed the Covenant on the transition launched by Dominic Champagne.

Far from being “discouraged” in the face of contradictions of the voters, the minister says that his government is ready to “intensify their efforts”, particularly in the area of transportation electrification.

“The government action must be consistent and continuous, said Mr. Julien in the media scrum. The results are slow in coming, but what are the results that we are going to get exponentially.”

He wants a million electric vehicles on Quebec’s roads in 2030, which would represent 20 percent of the fleet. Today, only 1.3 percent of the vehicles that are electric, he said.

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