E-News Spring 2023
Spring has sprung! Our Circular Economy, Transportation, Water, and Energy teams are springing into action as they continue to tackle today’s most pressing environmental issues. From the eventful Great Lakes Week, with multi-million dollar investments announced, to welcoming Pollution Probes’ new Director of Transportation, this spring was blooming with excitement! This newsletter will also cover:
- Piloting a route to electrifying school buses
- Sponsoring and co-hosting Great Lakes Day
- Ontario’s Provincial Day of Action on Litter
- Pollution Probe’s engagement in upcoming community events
- The latest report on Decarbonizing Residential Heating
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.
Electrification with heat pumps is the most common low-carbon solution promoted, but the effects on peak electricity demand, especially in areas with cold winters, could lead to major cost increases and will be technically and politically difficult.
Other potential solutions include low-carbon gases such as renewable natural gas (RNG) and hydrogen; a hybrid solution is likely to be the most successful in areas with cold winters. Read our op-ed in the Toronto Star and our report.
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