Port of Montreal lays out ESG goals

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by Emily Atkins

Carbon neutrality, territorial protection and improving the city-port interface: the Port of Montreal made a series of flagship commitments at the 2nd annual Montreal Climate Summit.

A few weeks after the launch of its Strategic Plan 2023-2027, the Montreal Port Authority (MPA) provided an update on its key objectives for decarbonization, climate change adaptation and land protection.

The port has committed to reducing scopes 1, 2 and 3 absolute GHG emissions, for which the MPA is fully responsible, covering rail operations on its intermodal network, management of its buildings and vehicle fleet as well as its infrastructure works, by 55 percent by 2030, leading to carbon neutrality by 2035. Scope 3 absolute GHG emissions, for which the MPA is not fully responsible, covering those generated by logistics companies located on Port territory, will be reduced by 40 percent by 2040, leading to carbon neutrality by 2050.

The port will adopt new energy practices including shore power and the use of sustainable fuels, along with the reduction of emissions from trucks and port trains in collaboration with the MPA’s partner companies.

in a speech “The Port of Montreal is at the forefront of decarbonization. Ramping up the fight against climate change and accelerating decarbonization are not only moral obligations, but also opportunities to innovate, invent new solutions and stand out,” said Martin Imbleau, president and CEO of the Montreal Port Authority, in a speech.

In pursuit of greater protection of biodiversity, 30 percent of the territories under the management of the MPA will be protected as a national wildlife area. This is a direct reference to the Kunming-Montreal Biodiversity Framework concluded at the end of COP15 on biodiversity last December.

To further improve the integration of port activities into the city of Montreal, $10 million will be invested over the next five years in city-port interface projects. Greening projects will also be rolled out, such as a commitment to plant 3,000 trees over five years as part of the Port of Montreal’s renewed participation in the Montreal Urban Forest Leaders Committee.