Sustainable development

Our guiding principles

Sustainability extends beyond the environment. It strives to meet the needs of today without compromising those of future generations.

At the Palais des congrès de Montréal, although we have shaped our active commitment to sustainability around government guidelines, our policies and action plans are mostly the product of our deep personal convictions. We also work alongside our partner, the city of Montréal, a leading host destination for sustainable conferences and events. And we still go the extra mile to make a difference.

The major initiatives that set us apart include:

In addition to daily efforts aimed at reducing our environmental footprint to a minimum, we are one of the first convention centres in the Americas whose building is carbon neutral. We offset the GHG emissions stemming from the building’s energy expenditures by contributing to the planting of trees on four hectares of Université Laval’s Montmorency Forest, the largest teaching and research forest in the world.

To continue to shrink the environmental impact of our business development operations, we have partnered with the Carbone boréal program of Université du Québec à Chicoutimi as a means of offsetting the carbon emissions from the travel conducted by our business development teams. This tree planting offset program whose rigorous process is audited by a third party is the only one entirely focused on university research.

Because we are committed to making an impact that is both local and lasting, we have joined forces with Coop FA in order to support the Bourse du carbone Scol’ERE, a program designed to educate Montréal elementary school children about the realities of climate change, and also encourage them to adopt best sustainability practices. This gives us the opportunity to contribute to the evolution of social norms and the education of future generations, by making available 30 workshops a year for 125 students and their families.

This forward-thinking project, under the stewardship of AU/LAB, UQAM’s faculty of environmental sciences laboratory dedicated to urban farming research, innovation and practices, is considered the main showcase in Québec for experimenting with and advocating for urban farming technologies and techniques.

The four main branches of the Urban Agriculture Lab:

  1. Culti-VERT: Experimental agriculture focused on extensive green roofs and container gardening.
  2. Pollinating bee hives with bee populations of up to 50,000.
  3. VERTical: Urban vertical farming on scaffolds. A first in North America.
  4. Urban Vines: Canada’s first urban rooftop vineyard and the world’s first in a northern climate.

The members of the Sustainability Innovation Committee, experts from 10 of the province’s universities, have a twofold task: to facilitate the sharing of knowledge between the Palais and the sustainability research being conducted in higher learning establishments, and to ascertain research partnership opportunities between the Palais and the academic community.

The Palais offers event organizers and participants an innovative carbon offset program, which it operates jointly with Planetair, a widely recognized leader in the field of climate change and greenhouse gas (GHG) offsetting.

For organizers, this five-step program facilitates planning and hosting a carbon neutral event, thanks to the support provided by Planetair throughout the entire process.

For participants, simple, effective tools for instantly offsetting travel with carbon credits that are Gold Standard certified – the strictest carbon emission reduction standard around.


In Spring 2019, the Palais joined the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in order to equip itself with a global development framework. We believe that anchoring our actions to the 17 international goals set by the UN enables us maximize the impact of our sustainability commitments and initiatives.

The section that follows covers all of our sustainability actions, organized based on their corresponding objectives.

Our certifications

  • BOMA BEST: National environmental certification for existing buildings.
  • AIPC Gold Quality Standards: International GOLD level certification awarded by the International Association of Convention Centres (AIPC). It measures a convention centre’s quality and management performance in 10 areas, including environmental responsibility.
  • ASTM-APEX: Montréal and the Palais are certified by iCompli Sustainability according to ASTM-APEX standards, a certification that solidifies the city’s reputation as a leading destination for hosting environmentally sustainable events.

Our action plans and policies: