CDPQ Infra has carried out several environmental inventories and studies to understand and measure the impact of the Réseau électrique métropolitain (REM) project on the environment. Find reports of these studies below, in the Documents section.
Initiatives and ongoing improvments
The team of experts from CDPQ Infra is always listening to suggestions from stakeholders and citizens in order to continuously optimize the REM project. Several improvements have been made in the past year, in an effort to address the identified environmental issues. Here are some examples:
- Greenhouse gas: help reduce GHG emissions by close to 35,000 tonnes from the first year the REM is in operation and by 680,000 tonnes over 25 years of operation. Consult our recent study on GHG emissions (french only).
- Planting of trees: planting of 250,000 trees in the metropolitan area to offset the estimated production of 87,000 tonnes of GHG emissions during the network’s construction phase. Consult the Jour de la Terre news release to find out more (french only).
- Agricultural zone: creation of an agricultural land trust and, eventually, a metropolitan agricultural park, in partnership with the UPA and the CMM, in order to help limit urban sprawl and promote the use of agricultural land. For more information.
- Sustainable mobility and transportation cocktail: agreements with different partners to facilitate access to stations and promote sustainable mobility. For more information.
- Spring 2017 – Third series of project improvements: development of wildlife areas, commitments to preserve natural environments and more. Consult the presentation on this topic (March 21, 2017)
- Fall 2016 – Second series of project improvements: three new stations downtown, including two new connections to the Montreal metro. For more information (November 25, 2016)
- Summer 2016 – First series of project improvements: acquisition of the aerial structure leading to Central Station, change in the route in the Technoparc Montréal sector, relocation of the Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue station facilities, eliminating impacts on wetlands, heritage properties and more. Consult the technical fact sheets on this topic (August 24, 2016)
Bureau d'audiences publiques sur l'environnement (BAPE)
The Bureau d’audiences publiques sur l'environnement (BAPE) held public hearings on the REM project in the fall of 2016. For more information on the process and the report issued by the Bureau d’audiences, consult the BAPE’s official website.