Carbon neutrality

A firm commitment to operate a carbon neutral plant

Determined to innovate and set a new standard within its industry, GNL Quebec has made a firm commitment to operate a carbon neutral plant by offsetting all of its direct greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

To do this, the Énergie Saguenay project team mandated the renowned Chair in eco-consulting of the University of Quebec at Chicoutimi (UQAC) to carry out a scientific study to identify credible, effective and measurable measures. allowing the achievement of this ambitious objective.

The report written by Professor Claude Villeneuve and his team, available here, proposes several innovative and potentially very structuring courses of action for Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean and Quebec, whose deployment is currently being assessed by GNL Quebec.

Among these, let us point out:

  • The study of the possibilities of purification and marketing of the CO2 that would be produced by the plant;
  • The study of the possibilities of capturing and recovering the residual heat of its process;
  • Reforestation within the framework of controlled forestry projects;
  • A commitment with government, municipal, industrial and institutional partners in setting up the RNG production chain from forest residues.

By operating a carbon-neutral natural gas liquefaction plant, and by making available, in collaboration with the UQAC Chair in eco-consulting, the research report produced on this question, GNL Québec hopes to send a clear signal to its partners and to the entire industry in the fight against climate change and the reduction of greenhouse gases (GHG) on a global scale.


What is a carbon neutral plant?

The principle of a carbon neutral factory consists in offsetting, by means of credible and scientifically recognized measures, all the direct GHG emissions emitted by it. In short, it is a matter of ensuring that as much CO2 is sequestered as the amount produced by operations, each year, in order to achieve a zero emissions balance, and therefore "carbon neutral".

To consult the full report produced by the Chair in eco-consulting (in french):