The Palais des congrès de Montréal announced it is joining the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. In doing so, it plans to change the course of events by implementing tangible actions aimed at reducing its environmental footprint and that of its users, in order to better its impact on society and the community.
In addition to its daily efforts aimed at reducing its environmental footprint to a minimum, the Palais today becomes one of the first convention centres in the Americas to announce its building will be carbon neutral. It will achieve this by offsetting the GHG emissions stemming from the building’s energy expenditures by contributing to the forest management and tree planting efforts on four hectares of the Université Laval Montmorency Forest, the largest teaching and research forest in the world.
The Palais is also announcing a brand new partnership with the Coop FA aimed at supporting the Bourse du carbone Scol’ERE, a program designed to educate Montréal elementary school children about the realities of climate change, and also encourage them to adopt best sustainability practices. Through this program it will contribute to the evolution of social norms and the education of future generations, by making available 30 workshops a year for 125 students and their families.
Furthermore, it will give organisers the option of offsetting the GHG emissions resulting from their travel and planning activities via one of three ways, that is buying carbon credits, offsetting through an investment in Gold Standard certified projects, and offsetting through tree planting in Québec. It has also set up a new Sustainability Innovation Committee made up of scientists and academics which will facilitate the sharing of knowledge between the Palais and the sustainability research being conducted in higher leaning establishments. Finally, the Palais is also getting involved in research, teaming up with Québec universities, including Université Laval, to support the development of information on forest management best practices promoting carbon capture via forest carbon sinks.
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