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Fighting for the climate and transitioning to renewable energy

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The Challenges

Global warming is affecting all of humanity - disrupting our economic systems and increasingly affecting our daily lives with heat waves, rising food prices, virus outbreaks and the loss of nature.

While Canada is warming twice as fast as the planet, it’s the only G7 country that has failed to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions*. What's worse, Canadian taxpayers are still funding the fossil fuel industry through subsidies. We also consume three times more energy than the world average.

It is high time to break free of fossil fuels.


*For the 2015-2019 period, according to the most recent statistics available.


Our vision

A low carbon society working to decrease energy consumption

Our initiatives

Our political advocacy work

We're working to create awareness, provoke reflection and debate, and develop recommendations to guide our governments towards sustainable climate solutions.

Our impact

Nearly 30 years of climate action by Équiterre. A path paved with challenges and great victories.

2024

Juin

La loi canadienne sur les emplois durables a été adoptée!

Elle devrait permettre au marché du travail du Canada de répondre à l’évolution des activités économiques, alors que la transition énergétique et la décarbonation de l’économie s’accélèrent.

2023

December 

Historic agreement at COP28 

A consensus was reached on a "transition" away from fossil fuels to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. A first in COP history! 

A new regulatory framework for capping (GHGs)

A cap-and-trade system will be put in place to reverse the upward trend in emissions from Canada's fossil fuel industry. 

July 

Consultation on Quebec's energy future 

Équiterre submits its brief and encourages citizens to take part in the consultation on Quebec's energy future. 

June 

Équiterre welcomes the introduction of a bill on fair transition

The federal bill (C-50), which paves the way for workers' transition in the context of the climate crisis, needs to be improved if it is to be truly effective and inclusive. 

April 

Launch of the Sortons le gaz! coalition. 

Équiterre and its partners attack fossil gas in buildings and launch the campaign Gas: Naturally Risky.

January

Launch of the campaign "Quebec’s Energy Future - We need to talk about it"

We need to think collectively about how we want to use our precious green energy: to produce what, for what purposes and for whose benefit?

Publication of the brief "Proposals for the Canadian Just Transition Act"

Équiterre and its partners have submitted a brief to formulate concrete proposals for the upcoming Canadian Just Transition Act.

2022

A major legislative breakthrough

The federal government adopts the Canadian Net-Zero Emissions Accountability Act (C-12) after having been pressured by environmental groups

December

COP15 is held in Montreal!

During this edition, Équiterre presented a conference and a panel on soil biodiversity and hosted a kiosk on soil biodiversity

November

COP27: Energy transition and climate offsets

Équiterre hosts a non-partisan panel on climate action in Quebec and Canada

April

Quebec adopts the law that puts an end to hydrocarbon exploration and production

2021

The end of GNL Québec!

The Quebec government rejects the GNL Québec liquefied natural gas plant project in the Saguenay after an extensive mobilization effort.

2021

Victory at the Supreme Court!

The Supreme Court of Canada confirms the constitutionality of carbon pricing, after Équiterre and the Centre québécois du droit en environnement defended it in court.

2019

A historical march for the planet

More than 500,000 people gather for a climate march in Montreal, including Greta Thunberg.

2017

The end of Energy East!

TransCanada abandons its mega Energy East pipeline project following an intense protest in Quebec.

2015

Climate marches

Équiterre is on the organizing committee for two major climate marches: Action Climat in Quebec City and 100 Possibles in Ottawa

2013

The Quebec government rejects of the Rabaska LNG terminal project in Lévis.

2012

People unite for the environment

Nearly 300,000 people gathered in Montreal for a major rally on April 22, 2022.

2011

The end of shale gas!

The Quebec government adopts a moratorium on shale gas development in the province after a massive citizen mobilization.

Act now!