Carbon neutrality of infrastructures: a foretaste of Québec's 3rd link

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The “forest” that must emerge from the earth to compensate for the pollution emitted by the construction of the Turcot interchange will extend over 81 hectares of public land, a foretaste of the gigantic reforestation that will be necessary to the 3 th link between Quebec and Lévis.

Carbon neutrality of infrastructures: a taste for the 3rd link of Qu & eacute; bec

François Bonnardel, Minister < p>The Minister of Transport, François Bonnardel, has already announced that the controversial sub-river project between Quebec and its South Shore will also follow the path of carbon neutrality.

It remains to be seen the scale of the plantations that will be necessary to offset the GHG emissions generated by the construction of one of the widest tunnels in the world, which will be nearly 9 km long.

Greenwashing & nbsp;

According to Jérôme Dupras, professor in the Department of Natural Sciences at the Université du Québec en Outaouais, the environmental character of a project should not be reduced by planting a few trees to compensate for it. & Nbsp;

“There is a carbon effect, of course. You can't say that all of these [tree planting] projects are greenwashing. But there is still unfortunately some of that. I would have no difficulty qualifying the government's approach to the third link somewhat in this light. This is a project that does not have the support of any expert on the model, “he points out.

155,000 tonnes of CO 2

For its part, the construction of the Turcot interchange generated no less than 155,000 metric tonnes of CO2 equivalent in the atmosphere, after the mitigation measures. & Nbsp; & nbsp;

Three quarters of this pollution was offset by the purchase of carbon credits by the consortium responsible for the project, KPH Turcot, assures the Quebec Ministry of Transport (MTQ). To offset the remaining GHG emissions, the government has opted for reforestation. & Nbsp;

“The Turcot project team estimates that the planned plantings in three regions of Quebec will make it possible to compensate for the 35,000 metric tonnes of CO2 equivalent”, specifies MTQ spokesperson Nicolas Vigneault. & Nbsp; & nbsp;

However, it will take time, since the calculation formula for mega-transport projects is established over several years. & Nbsp;

period of 100 years “, he underlines.

– With Dominique Cambron-Goulet


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