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On March 13, the Conseil du patronat du Québec (CPQ) released its study on goods transport’s contribution to Québec’s prosperity entitled “La contribution du transport des marchandises à la prospérité du Québec”. The study outlines various goods transport-related sectors’ economic spinoffs and environmental impacts and makes 25 recommendations aimed at accelerating the transition to more prosperous, lower-carbon-footprint goods transport. CPQ President-CEO Yves-Thomas Dorval will present the study findings at the April 20 SODES Rendez-vous in Montréal.

Numerous cooperative efforts marked the project and the St. Lawrence Economic Development Council (SODES) would like to highlight the fact that the study recognizes the environmental advantages of each transport mode. To paraphrase: “By making use of intermodality and, when possible, transferring to means of transport that consume less fuel, an appropriate balance can be reached between consumers’ and companies’ specific needs, adequate transport supply and GHG emissions reduction” (Study, p. 47, in French only).

To ensure the study’s success, the CPQ initiated creation of the Groupe de travail sur la chaîne logistique du transport des marchandises (working group on the goods transport logistics chain) in summer 2016. The study is the product of close collaboration between working group members, with SODES participating actively. The working group was mandated to determine and propose integrated solutions most likely most likely to help revitalize the logistics chains sector and reduce GHG emissions.

The working group’s proposals are directed at public authorities at the municipal, Québec and federal levels and a diversified group of companies closely involved in logistics chains (carriers, shippers, manufacturers and investors).

Read the study La contribution du transport des marchandises à la prospérité du Québec (in French only)
Read the Executive summary (in French only)