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Legault Government abolishes Conseil de gestion du Fonds vert

After months of complaints from Quebec Premier François Legault, Environment Minister Benoit Charette announced the abolition of the Conseil de gestion du Fonds vert (CGFV), a body responsible for ensuring sustainable development and environmental protection, at a press conference on Tuesday.

As a result of the government’s decision, the environmental minister will be solely responsible for deciding which projects will be financed by the Green Fund, a fund which receives revenues mainly from the carbon market and is intended to finance projects which aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Charette ensured that a permanent advisory committee and an annual report to the sustainable development commissioner will protect the Green Fund from political interference.

The abolition of the CGFV comes after reports that the Green Fund’s 185 measures failed to adequately reduce greenhouse gas emissions. In May, the sustainable development commissioner complained about not having access to Green Fund data because of a dispute between the CGFV and the environment minister. Earlier this month, the National Assembly ordered the CGFV to submit to an audit.

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