Cities such as Montreal can have a critical role in stepping up the pace and scale of carbon reductions: Urban communities account for 60 percent of Canadians’ energy use and over half of our greenhouse gas emissions so the importance of urban action in mitigating the effects of climate change cannot be overstated. Montreal produces over 11 Megatons of emissions or 1/7th or 1/8th of the province’s emissions. We know what actions are needed – solutions exist and innovation is ongoing – but what is needed is support for accelerating the development and adoption of innovative locally-relevant low-carbon solutions in urban regions. This is where we come in.
- October 2016 - January 2017: Discussions with the Toronto Atmospheric Fund (TAF) on the possibility of replicating the carbon fund model in Montreal. The Trottier Family Foundation hires Dunsky Consulting to study the possibility of a Montreal Climate Centre.
- March 2017: Partnership with the Clean Economy Fund to study the development of carbon funds in several Canadian cities including Montreal (birth of the idea of the LC3 network).
- April 2017: First funding secured for LC3.
-Summer 2017: Launch of LC3.
- Fall 2017: Consultation with the government and around fifty stakeholders in Quebec.
- 2018: Application for federal funding for LC3; development of the other LC3 centres (Halifax, Ottawa, Toronto, Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver).
- March 19, 2019: The federal budget promises an endowment to the Canadian Federation of Municipalities (FCM) of $ 1G ... including $ 183 million for the LC3 network of which the Climate Centre is a part. This concretely begins the establishment of the Montreal Climate Centre.
- December 2019: First meeting of the new Board of Directors.
- And more to come!