QUEST Canada and Pollution Probe Initiate Research on Canada’s Low Carbon Energy Innovation Policies

The Low Carbon Energy Innovation project has reached a new milestone with the completion of its third Community of Practice (CoP) meeting and with research and development well underway.

The Low Carbon Energy Innovation Project Reaches a New Milestone

QUEST Canada and Pollution Probe’s Low Carbon Energy Innovation project has reached a new milestone with the establishment of its Community of Practice and the launch of the project’s research component.

What is Helping and Hindering Canadians on the Journey to Net-Zero?

Read Environment Journal’s recent article, detailing QUEST Canada and Pollution Probe’s latest Low Carbon Energy Innovation Community of Practice (CoP) meeting.

QUEST Canada and Pollution Probe Launch a Bi-Monthly Community of Practice

QUEST Canada and Pollution Probe invite you to participate in a national Community of Practice (CoP), with bi-monthly meetings, as part of the Low Carbon Energy Innovation project.

QUEST Canada and Pollution Probe Launch the Low Carbon Energy Innovation Project

QUEST Canada and Pollution Probe are pleased to announce the launch of the Low Carbon Energy Innovation project. Building on and extending Pollution Probe and QUEST Canada’s successful Innovation Sandboxes (IS) initiative, this project will look at how we can create the necessary regulatory, policy, and market conditions for deploying low-carbon innovation in Canada.

ABOUT THE PROJECT

The federal target of reaching net-zero emissions by 2050 has shifted the conversation, leaving the future of Canada’s energy sector at a crossroad. The need for innovation has grown, with a clear and ambitious objective materializing. Despite this, the current pace at which change is occuring is far from sufficient. Innovation in the energy sector needs to generate transformational, large-scale change in a short period of time. While we have much of the technology we need, according to the IEA’s net-zero scenario, this innovation has to be deployed faster than it has been in the past. The challenge is to develop an adequate set of policies, programs and regulatory tools that will enable the deployment and scaling up of available technologies, in order to meet our net-zero target.

This three-year initiative will complete the following actions:

1 - Launch a Low Carbon Innovation Community of Practice (COP)

Launch a Low Carbon Innovation Community of Practice (COP) that will involve the creation of an engaged network of key stakeholders from across the national energy landscape, actively working in the energy system innovation space.

2 - Combine cutting-edge research with on-the-ground qualitative analysis

Combine cutting-edge research with on-the-ground qualitative analysis to develop a research database, detailing the current state of low carbon innovation in the energy sector.

3 - Create a National Low Carbon Innovation Scorecard

Create a National Low Carbon Innovation Scorecard that aims to provide a thorough and robust assessment of the low carbon innovation landscape in Canada and comparatively evaluate each jurisdiction, to inform best practices and successful case studies nationwide.

4 - Culminate with a National Energy Innovation Symposium

Culminate with a National Energy Innovation Symposium, bringing together key stakeholders from across the national energy sector. This event will provide an interactive and collaborative forum to inform the collective development of a national vision for energy innovation in Canada.

Next Steps

Low Carbon Energy Innovation timeline

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PROJECT PARTNERS & SUPPORTERS

Partners

Funders

This project is made possible by support from the Suncor Energy Foundation (SEF).

Empowering Canadian Communities

QUEST Canada develops and implements programs and projects with the aim to nurture strategic partnerships, facilitate connections, empower community champions, and influence decisions makers, supporting communities across Canada on their pathway to net-zero. Find out more about our programs and projects:

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.

New Brunswick Smart Energy Communities Accelerator Pilot Program

New Brunswick Smart Energy Communities Accelerator Pilot Program

The NB SECA Pilot Program successfully established a community energy planning accelerator to assist a series of New Brunswick communities and one First Nation, equipping them with the tools and knowledge to develop and implement community energy plans and understand the net economic benefit they can provide.

Accelerating Implementation of Renewable Energy for Indigenous Communities

Accelerating Implementation of Renewable Energy for Indigenous Communities

Accelerating Implementation of Renewable Energy (AIRE) for Indigenous Communities is a three-year project designed to help rural and remote Indigenous communities reach emission reduction targets by increasing their capacity to plan and implement land-based renewable energy initiatives (solar, wind, biomass, and geo-thermal). This project supports rural, remote Indigenous communities on their pathway to net-zero.