MONTRÉAL & SPP
Montréal, Québec’s metropolis, is the largest French-speaking city in North America. Well-known for its openness, creativity and cultural vitality, Montréal is an innovative city that is concerned about the quality of life of its citizens and the sustainability of its actions.
Due to their important volume, Ville de Montréal purchasing practices can be powerful drivers to obtain more sustainable supplies, stimulate a sense of innovation and apply the principles of responsible procurement. It is up to the City to make use of this economic force to minimize environmental impacts and maximize the socio-economic benefits for its jurisdiction.
In 2006, the municipal administration adopted a procurement policy that clearly stated that, when purchasing goods and services, the City would take into account the social, economic and environmental dimensions of sustainable development. More recently, the Ville de Montréal adopted the 2016-2020 Sustainable Montréal Plan, which established objectives and described the challenges Montréal faces with regard to sustainable procurement. Committed to playing a leadership role, Montréal also included within this official document an action plan for organizations active within its jurisdiction to encourage them to commit to implementing several responsible procurement principles. Montréal organizations have been invited to put shoulder to the wheel by adopting social responsible procurement criteria or policy and supporting the development of the social economy. This is where “Together for a sustainable metropolis”, the theme of Montréal’s effort, comes fully into play.
Some of the accomplishments of the city are:
- The City of Montréal, a Member of ICLEI since 1993, has fostered a strong partnership with the ICLEI Network over the past two decades. Mayor Coderre actively adopted the Seoul Declaration at the ICLEI World Congress 2015, and was one of the first Canadian mayors to commit to the Compact of Mayors.
- Montréal adopted a Community Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction Plan and, more recently, a Climate Change Adaptation Plan including concrete measures to counter the effects of heat waves, excessive rain events, destructive storms, drought and winter flooding. Montréal is also the only Canadian city that is a member of the 100 Resilient Cities network.
- In June 2009, Montréal adopted a Sustainable development policy for City buildings. All new municipal buildings greater than 200 sq.m. must obtain LEED-Gold certification and any major renovation must be completed under LEED-Silver criteria.
- Montréal would like to become a leader in transport electrification. The City will adopt a Transport Electrification Policy in 2016, which will focus on the use of electricity to power transportation mainly through the public transit system (metro and bus), and the establishment of electric self-service vehicles (1000 electric charging stations to come within 5 years).
- On February 22, 2016, the City announced that thin plastic shopping bags will be banned in Montréal effective January 2018.
- LED Lighting Project: The City plans to upgrade 110,000 street lights in the coming years. This smart city project has projected savings of over $278 million over a 20-year period (the useful life of LEDs).
- Montréal adopted an Economic Development Action Plan covering the 2015-2017 period. Two avenues related to sustainable development were included to increase development of the metropolitan economy: green chemistry and electrification of transportation.
- The City can also count on the excellence of an industrial cluster that brings together activities of several clean technology subsectors, related to green chemistry, ecomobility, waste materials, energy efficiency and renewable energy, soils and groundwater. The cluster includes more than 450 companies, including world-recognized leaders: TM4, Biothemica, Effenco, Magnus, Northex Environnement, Enerkem and many others.
- Montréal is the economic node for Québec and clean technologies form a core sector. The provincial government has responded with a vote of confidence to this key economic position: Its 2016 budget includes $30 million for investment in a new start-up fund. This fund will allow companies of any industrial sector to invest in technologies that promote sustainable development and reduce GHG.