Climate change and sustainable development
Environmental concerns are at the centre of our daily lives, integrated into our lifestyles, our workplaces, our institutions. As the idea of environmental degradation caused by unrestricted polluting human activities became established over the years, the environment came to be considered a common heritage to be used in a reasonable manner, so that it can be passed on to future generations. In this context, the environment becomes central to a number of issues, some of them ecological, but some of which are economic, social, aesthetic or ethical in nature.
It is also in this spirit that Québec has included the most recent Québec Research and Innovation Strategy (SQRI-2017-2022), the Politique internationale du Québec or the Québec Maritime Strategy, a major project developed in 2003. complementarity with the Plan Nord.
For the Fonds de recherche du Québec, addressing the challenges of sustainable development imposes broad perspectives that affect our energy choices, our need for mobility, our land occupancy (and in particular our relationship with the St. Lawrence River), our modes of transport, our management of infrastructures and services, the way we use our natural resources, our consumption habits, and our lifestyle. As sustainable development requires the contribution of all sectors of knowledge, one of the main challenges is bringing together research and innovation stakeholders to improve the quality of life of Québec’s citizens, today and for future generations. In this regard, Québec is well positioned to assume a leadership role in sustainable development, particularly in the areas of lifecycle analysis of objects, goods and services, integrated management of infrastructures and public services, energy, food production, and risk assessment in the context of climate change, as well as issues relating to environmental health, the North, land use planning, urbanization and quality of life.