Supporting the transition to a net-zero energy system through community engagement as well as regulatory, policy and market reform.

Decarbonizing Residential Heating

The vast majority of energy used in Canadian buildings is for heating, and natural gas is the most common heating fuel, especially in dense urban areas. To attain a net-zero energy system by 2050, we must transition away from fossil fuels. The decarbonization of space heating in Canada will present major challenges, given the deeply embedded natural gas infrastructure, extremely cold winter temperatures seen in many parts of the country, and the need to maintain accessibility, affordability and reliability of heating services.

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Potential of Small Modular Reactors in Hard-to-Decarbonize Industries

Given Canada’s resource-based industrial structure, achieving net-zero emissions poses an enormous challenge. It is a challenge so pressing that we need to consider all potential options that could help achieve Canada’s net-zero emissions target. While policymakers or the public may not support any given option in the end, it is important that the options be examined and discussed.

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The Innovation Sandboxes Project

Sandboxes are a valuable tool used across the world to meet evolving priorities and address new and emerging concerns. Pollution Probe and QUEST’s Innovation Sandboxes project aims to collaboratively create frameworks for innovation in energy systems across Canada. These foundational frameworks can then be used by policymakers, regulators, and other stakeholders to change or replace existing policies and regulations and build programs to accelerate the transition to a low-emissions future.

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The Post-Pickering Study

The Pickering Nuclear Generating Station has supplied clean electricity to Ontario (and the GTA in particular) for almost half a century, and is now nearing retirement. As an important element of Ontario’s low-emissions electricity system, finding a replacement solution – or solutions – that will keep the system clean must be a priority.

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Energy Exchange, a division of Pollution Probe, is dedicated to advancing energy literacy in Canada. It aspires to a future in which Canadians are united in their energy prosperity, rather than divided by their energy options.

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