Pathways to Net-Zero
Big things are happening at QUEST Canada in 2022.
We have launched an updated brand, published our first theory of change and there are exciting project announcements on the horizon. Keep reading to learn why the role of communities is so critical as we strive for net-zero and watch our interview series to hear directly from the experts from our network.
The community Rolein getting to net-zero
Our Communities are on the Front Lines
Communities are responsible for over half of Canada’s energy use and greenhouse gas emissions. As we move toward net-zero, communities will be integral in implementing on-the-ground solutions.
There are 4,000+ communities in Canada and they are on the front lines of the energy transition. They are diverse in their culture, geography, economics, energy mix and resources. We need to give communities the support and resources they need to implement local solutions that contribute to Canada’s net-zero target.
The benefits to communities are many. Community energy planning lowers greenhouse gas emissions and pollutants, creates energy and health expenditure, and offers greater resilience to the impacts of climate change. On average, less than 15% of energy spending stays in the local economy and community energy planning can change that.
of Canada’s energy use and GHG emissions are the responsibility of communities
communities in Canada
of energy spending stays in the local economy
Theory of changeto identify how we will make an impact
Theory of Change
We are proud to present our first theory of change. We undertook this rigorous planning and evaluation process to hold ourselves accountable to the change our organization can make in Canada — and to identify HOW we’re going to do that. This process helped us better understand the connection between our actions and vision and identify intermediate steps that result in the outcomes we aim to achieve.
Our theory of change is a living document, and will be further refined as we move forward to create our impact measurement and evaluation process, and test our strategies.
Brand Updatecelebrating our national reach
Meet our updated brand
In 2020, we reached out to our network to learn more about our brand. We heard that the brand should be more representative of our national unity.
We are committed to supporting all Canadian communities on their pathway to net-zero. That is why we have introduced the maple leaf to our logo — to celebrate our national reach.
There are 5000+ in our network represented by more than 20 sectors including Canadian governments, regulators, industry, utilities, associations and non-profits. In 2021 alone we worked with more than 200 local governments directly engaged in energy capacity building across the country.
interview serieson the role of communities in getting to net-zero
Interview Series Trailer
5 unique perspectives.
Peter Tertzakian, Deputy Director, ARC Energy Research Institute
Richard Farthing-Nichol, Project Manager, Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources.
Tracey Teed Martin, Director, Toronto Region Operations, Enbridge Gas
Mayor Libby O’Hara and Councillor Emil Olsen, Town of Quispamsis, New Brunswick.
Dany Robidoux, Directeur Eco-West | Director, Éco-Ouest
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