The Port Authorities of Montreal, Quebec City and Trois-Rivières are joining forces for a research project led by the Université de Montréal as part of the PLAINE – Réseau Québec Maritime – RQM program RQM : Presentation | LinkedIn, which aims to mitigate the impacts of commercial shipping and port activities on the environment and natural and human ecosystems.

Over the next two years, the Université de Montréal’s Centre interuniversitaire de recherche sur les réseaux d’entreprise, la logistique et le transport (CIRRELT: Presentation | LinkedIn) and the three port authorities fully committed to the energy transition of Quebec’s maritime and port industry will work together to establish a practical roadmap to support the ambition of a totally decarbonized St. Lawrence system. The roadmap will include, for example, a normative framework for decarbonizing the maritime and port industry, a bibliography of data sources on greenhouse gas emissions from the St. Lawrence ecosystem, a comparative analysis of eco-efficient best practices, and a list of reference scenarios for decarbonizing the maritime and port system. This research project will lay the foundations for Canada’s first domestic green maritime corridor, in line with Quebec, Canadian and international objectives to completely decarbonize the maritime sector by 2050.

This initiative is particularly in line with the collaborative partnership announced in 2022 between the ports of Montreal, Quebec City and Trois-Rivières, aimed in particular at greening their facilities, operations and supply chains. It also supports the three ports’ efforts to join the Government of Canada’s carbon-neutral challenge.