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Net-Zero / Climate Change

On December 12, 2015, at COP21 in Paris, 196 parties, including Canada, signed a legally binding international treaty on climate change to limit global warming to “well below 2° Celsius” – The Paris Agreement. One year later at COP22 in Marrakesh, Morocco, the parties came together to continue working towards the goals of the Paris Agreement. The Academy, in partnership with the Trottier Family Foundation and the Suzuki Foundation produced a report: The Trottier Energy Futures Project. This report analysed 11 different scenarios or pathways to reduce GHG emissions by 80% from 1990 levels by the year 2050.

Today, on the eve of COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland, the goal has evolved to become the achievement of Net-zero greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) by the year 2050. A key challenge is how to do this while maintaining economic growth and prosperity. To achieve this goal there will need to be a significant transformation of Canada’s energy, transportation, industrial and building sectors. Much of this change will require innovative approaches to engineering.

The Net-Zero / Climate Change program explores the various pathways to achieve Net-zero from the perspective of the engineering community that will be tasked with delivering it – on-time, on budget and to a required performance specification.

Climate change is a global challenge. It is not enough that countries like Canada achieve Net-zero. Other countries, many with less capacity for change, will require solutions for their economies providing a global market for innovative Net-zero solutions. The CAE is interested in exploring how Canada can be a global Cleantech leader.

Young female engineer in front of wind turbine installation

CAE Energy Program Partners

The Bowman Centre for Sustainable Energy
Petroleum Technology Alliance Canada

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