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Québec in Copenhagen Jean Charest announces that Québec supports the Climate Group’s EV20 initiative

Copenhagen, December 15, 2009 – Québec Premier Jean Charest, in Copenhagen for the 15th Conference of the Parties of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, announced Québec’s support for the EV20 initiative. This initiative aims to bring together the leaders of 20 cities, States or nations with vehicle manufacturers, fleet owners and financiers involved in the development of the electric vehicle sector. The objective of this initiative is to create a network of major stakeholders from the public and private sectors in order to promote the introduction of electric vehicles and to accelerate the development of this market.

"The transportation sector represents more than one-quarter of world CO2 emissions. Within this context, the development of electric vehicles is considered a solution that would lead to major reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. With the expertise that Québec possesses in this field, particularly within Hydro-Québec, which has been working on the development of electric vehicles for twenty years, we can make a significant contribution to the EV20 initiative,” emphasized the Premier.

"Québec has adopted an ambitious greenhouse gas reduction target of 20% below 1990 levels by 2020. In this sense, the objectives pursued by the EV20 initiative are in direct line with the Government of Québec’s Action plan for electric vehicles, which will be unveiled at the start of the year. This plan will be based on three main orientations: the implementation of conditions conducive to the development of electric vehicles, backing for the development of this branch, and support for the purchase of electric vehicles," indicated Mr. Charest.

The Climate Group is a non-profit international organization that works in conjunction with international governments and businesses to find solutions in the fight against climate change, while improving economic performances.

Through its support for the EV20 initiative, Québec wants to make itself known as a place that is in favour of and that possesses all the necessary assets for the distribution of electric vehicles. This support will also help to promote Québec when it comes time to making investments in research and innovation in the industrial branch of electric vehicles and batteries. Finally, Québec will hold discussions with leaders in the electric vehicle field and will be better informed of major initiatives at the global level.

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