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Diverse Pathways to Net-Zero

All Net-Zero Pathways Begin With a Local Step

October 2021

The Diverse Pathways to Net-Zero initiative examines the critical role that Canadian communities play on the pathway to net-zero.

Project Overview

During the first phase of this initiative, we published the following research:

1. Literature Review

A review of literature that informs net-zero transition policies in Canada, published over the last three years, reinforces the critical role that communities have in achieving net-zero. It highlights that little consideration about the roles of, and implications for, communities has been considered in modelling, plans, and policy making to date.

2. The Development of Community Archetypes

This research explores the first building blocks in the development of a comprehensive archetype framework for Canadian communities. It shows that community archetyping can be an effective tool to refine what resources and capacity is needed in Canadian communities on the pathway to net-zero.

Next Steps

Research and extensive engagement are required to leverage community perspectives. The Diverse Pathways to Net Zero initiative aims to capture, champion, and communicate community pathways and achievements. Over the next three years, the project will fill a critical gap in moving net-zero transitions toward achievement.

Executive Summary

All Net-Zero Pathways Begin With a Local Step

A Literature Review of Research Informing Net-Zero Transition Policy in Canada

Community Archetypes

A Framework to Inform the Development of Net-Zero Transition Policy in Canada

Project Partners

Other Resources

QUEST conducts and packages cutting edge applied research to empower practitioners and decision makers with the tools they need to advance Smart Energy Communities. Find out more about our projects:

NCA: Prairies Cohort

NCA: Prairies Cohort

The NCA Program’s inaugural cohort, the Prairies Cohort, is currently comprised of ten participating communities from Alberta, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan.

Enabling Low-Carbon Energy Projects for Investments

Enabling Low-Carbon Energy Projects for Investments

Communities in Canada are increasingly developing local, low-carbon energy projects, but many face road-blocks with regards to financing. Simultaneously, Canadian investors are seeking low-carbon investments, but are challenged to find local opportunities at scale for investment. The Enabling Low Carbon Energy Projects for Investment (ELCEPI) research project aims to offer recommendations and solutions to close these financing gaps, while connecting the barriers and enablers for investment to larger socio-economic issues.