Parliament Building
October 28, 2021

To Reach GHG Emissions Goals, Review the Public Contract Process

Andre RochetteThe Quebec government must adopt a results-based approach to awarding public contracts, which would prioritize energy performance and encourage alignment. This approach is already used in the energy modernization of healthcare and school buildings in Quebec, which has generated strong results in terms of sustainability and greenhouse gas reduction.

To reach Quebec’s ambitious goal of reducing its building emissions by 60% by 2030, set recently in its Plan for a Green Economy, the government must review its criteria for awarding public contracts. Rather than giving precedence to cost alone, these contracts should prescribe performance targets, Andre Rochette, Ecosystem’s Founder and President, explains in an editorial published today in La Presse.