World Carbon Market Database

Quebec ETS Database


80 facilities, 7 greenhouse gases covered


The Quebec's cap-and-trade programme started on 1 January 2013 and is part of the Western Climate Initiative. From 1 January 2014, the Quebec cap-and-trade programme has been linked to the California 's emissions trading scheme.

Quebec has set a goal similar to the target established by the European Union, with the aim of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 by 20% below 1990 levels.

3 phases:

  • Phase I: 2013-2014
  • Phase II: 2015-2017
  • Phase III: 2018-2020

The first phase of the scheme (2013-2014) includes large emitters from the industrial and electricity sectors, whose annual GHG emissions total 25 000 tons of CO2 equivalent or more.

From the second phase (2015-2017), enterprises that distribute or import fossil fuels in Quebec will also have to comply to the system. The cap in 2015 will cover approximately 85% of Quebec’s emissions.

Gases covered: carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), nitrous oxide (N2O), hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), perfluorocarbons (PFCs), sulfur hexafluoride (SF6), and nitrogen trifluoride (NF3)


Total caps of emission units granted every year:

Year Emissions cap (MtCO2eq)
2013 23.2
2014 23.2
2015 65.3
2016 63.19
2017 61.08
2018 58.96
2019 56.85
2020 54.74


The Quebec ETS Database includes the following information on the 80 facilities currently participating to the scheme:

  • Facility name
  • Company name
  • City
  • Postcode
  • GHG emissions 2012 (tCO2eq)
  • List of facilities having received free CO2 emissions allowances


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