“Why are we limiting our ability to achieve net-zero?” asks QUEST
“Achieving net-zero will require everyone [...] in Canada working together.”
December 1, 2022 By Anthony Capkun
December 1, 2022 – Canada’s net-zero pathway requires a suite of complementary, local, low-carbon energy solutions that are not being adequately pursued, argues QUEST Canada, which is why the organization ran a campaign entitled “Why are we limiting our ability to achieve net-zero?”.
“What we really need is a more comprehensive net-zero dialogue,” says Tonja Leach, executive director, QUEST Canada. “We must shift the conversation […] by building on electrification with the inclusion of a diversity of local low-carbon energy solutions.”
Canada has set ambitious GHG-reduction targets and made international commitments to reach net-zero emissions by 2050, QUEST notes, “yet we’re not adequately pursuing all available local low- and zero-emission solutions”.
“On the ground, this means developing policy support for under-utilized energy solutions, achieving regulatory reform, creating space for better-integrated system planning, and closing the gap on the urban and rural divide,” Leach continues.
Local communities across Canada need to be able to implement practical solutions that meet their unique needs and challenges, supporting efforts to achieve net-zero as quickly as possible, QUEST suggests. “Under-utilized, local low- and zero-emission energy options provide some of these solutions.”
“Achieving net-zero will require everyone—as well as every low-carbon energy source—in Canada working together,” said Richard Carlson, Pollution Probe. “One technology is not going to provide everything we need everywhere in Canada; we’re going to need a portfolio of net-zero options that can scale and meet all our energy needs.”
QUEST Canada is a national non-profit with the goal of “encouraging and enabling communities to contribute to Canada’s net-zero goals”.
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