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Diverse Pathways to Net-Zero

All Net-Zero Pathways Begin with a Local Step

October 2021

QUEST and The Conference Board of Canada have partnered to consider the critical role that Canadian communities play on the pathway to net-zero.

The first phase of this initiative had two objectives:

1. Literature Review

A review of literature published over the past three years that informs low-carbon or net-zero transition policies in Canada 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.

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

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