Canadian ports unite in Net-Zero Challenge

Canadian ports unite in Net-Zero Challenge

The Ports of Montreal, Québec, and Trois-Rivières have announced their participation in the federal government’s Net-Zero Challenge.

This voluntary initiative, launched in August 2022 by the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, aims to encourage organisations to develop and implement credible plans to achieve carbon neutrality in their facilities and operations by 2050.

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The announcement was made during Québec’s marine sector conference, Assises québécoises du secteur maritime 2023, held at the Lévis Convention Centre.

Representatives from the Montreal Port Authority (MPA), Québec Port Authority, and Trois-Rivières Port Authority made the joint declaration.

The collaboration between these three ports comes as a collective effort to expedite the decarbonisation of maritime transportation along the St. Lawrence River corridor.

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According to the port authorities, this commitment to the Net-Zero Challenge showcases their dedication to sustainable development and exemplifies the promising projects underway to establish an environmentally friendly shipping corridor.

In 2022, the Ports of Montreal, Québec, and Trois-Rivières solidified their partnership through a cooperation agreement encompassing diverse areas such as communication, innovation, environmental initiatives, marine operations, and asset management.

The decision to participate in the Net-Zero Challenge builds upon this foundation of shared goals and represents a united front in addressing the challenges of climate change and reducing emissions within the maritime sector.

Earlier in June 2022, the Port of Québec signed a deal to benefit from RightShip’s greenhouse gas (GHG) rating tool in a bid to cut carbon emissions.

Most recently, in April, several ports in Canada suffered multiple cyber attacks, although cargo kept moving.

The Port of Halifax in Nova Scotia and the Ports of Montreal and Québec were targeted by a ‘denial-of-service attack’ which flooded their websites with traffic, causing them to crash.

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