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Data contained in the budget tabled Tuesday by Quebec reveals that GHG emissions are on the rise again in 2022.

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The budget of the Minister of Finance of Quebec contains data on GHG emissions which went unnoticed when the budget was tabled and it It appears that GHG emissions are on the rise in 2022 in Quebec. (Archive photo)

The Canadian Press

Quebec's greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions started to rise again in 2022.

According to official estimates, 79 million tonnes of GHGs were emitted that year, a little more than the 77.6 million released into the atmosphere in 2021.

However, the government has committed to reducing GHGs by 37.5% in 2030 compared to the reference year 1990, but since 2020 at the height of the pandemic, the polluting emissions are growing.

The data on 2022 GHG emissions appears in the budget tabled by the Minister of Finance, Eric Girard, on Tuesday, but it went unnoticed.

It is specified that the estimate is based on information available as of February 29, 2024 and that it comes from the Ministry of the Environment.

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Usually, the official results of the year's emissions are made public in December, two years later. Last December, the 2021 results were therefore made public.

In the 2021 results, officials already forecast a slight rebound of 1.4% in emissions in 2022 compared to 2021, attributable to the resumption of certain economic activities which were slowing down during the pandemic.

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