The City of Montreal has announced that all municipal buildings will be carbon neutral by 2030, as will all new buildings beginning in 2030. For existing construction, carbon neutrality will be required by 2050.
The city hasn’t said how those objectives will be met, but one tactic will be a phased-in ban on the use of heating oil. The city will invest $4 million between now and 2021 to replace heating oil as a fuel source in municipal buildings.
Montreal is a member of C40, an international network of 94 large cities that have committed to take bold action to address climate change.
“We are at the very beginning of a long-term project,” said Mayor Valerie Plante in a statement. “We will take action progressively, namely through voluntary oil substitution programs. Moreover, we will table by 2020, a draft by-law aiming to ban oil heating systems in all new buildings on the territory of the urban agglomeration of Montreal.”
For the industrial, commercial and institutional sector, a mandatory conversion from heating oil will begin in 2025 and will be phased in through 2030. The residential sector will have more time, and programs to ease the cost of transition may be developed.
Heating oil is responsible for 28% of greenhouse gas emissions in the residential sector, and 14% of greenhouse gas emissions in the commercial and institutional sector, across the Montreal’s urban area.