Our environmental policy
Protecting the environment is essential to achieving sustainable growth. Therefore, environmental considerations are taken into account in our choices and activities, including organizing a large-scale event like the G7 Summit.
The Government of Canada applied good environmental practices into each step leading to the G7 Summit in Charlevoix.
We delivered an environmentally responsible event, guided by recognized environmental standards. Our efforts focused on the following:
- minimizing the generation of waste by specifically limiting the use of plastics;
- reducing the environmental impacts of activities and reducing the use of natural resources;
- increasing environmental awareness and the protection of natural environments;
- minimizing carbon emissions and, when possible, offsetting greenhouse gas emissions;
- promoting Canada’s environmental leadership.
Our environmental initiatives
- collaboration with a local environmental organization, the Corporation de la Réserve de la biosphère de Charlevoix, which supported our implementation of an environmental program for the G7 Summit;
- Bureau de normalisation du Québec “Sustainable event management” certification;
- carbon offsetting;
- waste reduction – particularly plastics;
- environmentally responsible procurement;
- environmental assessment and environmental emergency plan;
- office greening.
Collaboration with the Corporation de la Réserve de la biosphère de Charlevoix
In an effort to limit the environmental impacts of the G7 Summit in La Malbaie, Quebec, the Government of Canada entered into an agreement with the Corporation de la Réserve de la biosphère de Charlevoix to take concrete steps to make this summit an environmentally responsible event.
A variety of measures were taken to reduce the G7 Summit’s environmental footprint and leverage the Corporation de la Réserve de la biosphère de Charlevoix’s expertise in terms of environmental responsibility and sustainable development.