Québec City Convention Centre: One step closer to carbon neutrality
July 23, 2013
July 23, 2013
The Québec City Convention Centre: One step closer to carbon neutrality
True to its sustainable development commitment, the Québec City Convention Centre is one step closer to carbon neutrality. The Convention Centre compensated the 101,101 km traveled by its team between April 1, 2012 and March 31, 2013.
Like its customers who choose the Convention Centre’s eco-friendly event program to organize their events and compensate their carbon footprint, the Convention Centre decided to join Carbone boréal’s Program to compensate greenhouse gas emissions. Emissions related to business travel by the Convention Centre team, representing 26 tons of CO2, were offset by planting 186 trees audited by the BNQ according to ISO 14064-3.
Furthermore, the Québec City Convention Centre renewed its 2009 partnership with Carbone boréal. The program, launched by Claude Villeneuve, Biologist, Professor and Director of the Eco-Council Chair of the University of Québec in Chicoutimi, combines compensation and scientific research to fight climate change by planting trees in boreal zones. Carbone boréal, Planétair and Fondation de la faune du Québec are the three options offered by the Convention Centre’s eco-friendly event program to compensate environmental or carbon footprint.
Between 2009 and 2013, Carbone boréal received more than $40,000 in donations from the Québec City Convention Centre’s customers to compensate the 1,400 tons of greenhouse gas emissions generated by their events.
About the Québec City Convention Centre
The Québec City Convention Centre’s attracts close to 150 major conventions and events yearly, positioning Québec City and area as a premiere Canadian meeting destination. Every year, the Québec City Convention Centre welcomes over 200,000 visitors from around the world and hosts major national and international conventions. It is an important driver of economic activity, generating an average of $80 million per year in economic benefits for the region. The Convention Centre is proud to be certified LEED-EB (existing building, silver level) and BOMA BESt (level 3).
About Carbone Boréal
Carbone boréal is both a greenhouse gas offset program, through tree planting, and a research project led by researchers at the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi (Qc, Canada). Any organization or individual can participate in this innovative project. Each and every contributor helps to finance tree planting to offset the greenhouse gases emitted by their organization, family, activities, etc. The boreal forest in Québec includes natural open woodlands that do not self-regenerate. The project aims at establishing research forests within these open woodlands, in collaboration with Québec’s Ministry of Natural Resources, while respecting forest ecosystems and boreal biodiversity.
Contact: Emilie Belisle, Information Officer
Québec City Convention Centre