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“Why are we limiting our ability to achieve net-zero?” asks QUEST

“Achieving net-zero will require everyone [...] in Canada working together.”

December 1, 2022  By Anthony Capkun



December 1, 2022 – Canada’s net-zero pathway requires a suite of complementary, local, low-carbon energy solutions that are not being adequately pursued, argues QUEST Canada, which is why the organization ran a campaign entitled “Why are we limiting our ability to achieve net-zero?”.

“What we really need is a more comprehensive net-zero dialogue,” says Tonja Leach, executive director, QUEST Canada. “We must shift the conversation […] by building on electrification with the inclusion of a diversity of local low-carbon energy solutions.”

Canada has set ambitious GHG-reduction targets and made international commitments to reach net-zero emissions by 2050, QUEST notes, “yet we’re not adequately pursuing all available local low- and zero-emission solutions”.

“On the ground, this means developing policy support for under-utilized energy solutions, achieving regulatory reform, creating space for better-integrated system planning, and closing the gap on the urban and rural divide,” Leach continues.

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Local communities across Canada need to be able to implement practical solutions that meet their unique needs and challenges, supporting efforts to achieve net-zero as quickly as possible, QUEST suggests. “Under-utilized, local low- and zero-emission energy options provide some of these solutions.”

“Achieving net-zero will require everyone—as well as every low-carbon energy source—in Canada working together,” said Richard Carlson, Pollution Probe. “One technology is not going to provide everything we need everywhere in Canada; we’re going to need a portfolio of net-zero options that can scale and meet all our energy needs.”

QUEST Canada is a national non-profit with the goal of “encouraging and enabling communities to contribute to Canada’s net-zero goals”.


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