Pathways to Net Zero: A Transition Accelerator Webinar Series

There is no doubt that reaching net by 2050 won’t be easy. But there is one thing we know for certain: net zero changes everything and incremental emissions reductions are no longer enough to meet our climate goals. Instead, the net zero transition will require major changes in fundamental systems, like the way we produce and distribute energy, move people and goods and build and live within our cities.  

But with economic, social and technological changes already affecting key sectors of Canada’s economy in regions across the country, we also have an unprecedented opportunity to direct these disruptions to create the future we want – a prosperous, more equitable and green future.

On the last Wednesday of every month, join The Transition Accelerator team and special guests for Pathways to Net Zero, a Transition Accelerator Webinar series focused on credible, compelling pathways cable of driving Canada to reach net zero by 2050. This not-to-be-missed series will feature engaging and thought-provoking expert presentations, conversations and debates concerning viable net zero solutions, and how they can be applied by governments, industry and investors to achieve Canada’s climate, economic and social goals.

Upcoming Events

Deep Geothermal Superpower: Canada's potential for a breakthrough in enhanced geothermal systems

Wednesday, June 29 from 1 – 2:15 pm ET

In this session, presenters Dr. Thomas Homer-Dixon and Dr. Ian Graham will provide a plain-language introduction to geothermal electricity and heat production, with a focus on deep enhanced geothermal systems (or “deep EGS”) that create heat-exchange reservoirs in hot, dry rock more than five kilometres below Earth’s surface.

The webinar will assess the deep EGS opportunity, highlight important R&D gaps, and identify key technical, financing, and regulatory challenges. The speakers will propose that Canada can and should become the global leader in deep EGS — but to do so, it must create strong incentives to solve the technology’s core R&D challenge of cost-effective, deep drilling through hard (igneous and metamorphic) rock. A Q&A session will follow.

Previous Events

Factors Affecting Social Acceptance of Renewable Energy and Transmission Projects

Wednesday, May 25 from 1-2 pm ET

Mass electrification and grid integration is vital to reaching net zero by 2050, which is why social acceptance of renewable energy and transmission projects is paramount.

Join Dr. Louise Comeau, Director of Climate Change and Energy Solutions at the Conservation Council of New Brunswick for a webinar on factors affecting social acceptance of renewable energy and transmission projects. This webinar will be moderated by Dr. Bruce Lourie, President of Ivey Foundation and Chair of The Transition Accelerator’s Board of Directors. A Q&A session will follow.  

Net Zero Changes Everything

Wednesday, April 27 at 1-2 pm ET

For 30 years, Canada has been taking incremental steps to reduce emissions with the assumption that our underlying systems of energy production, transportation and heating do not require a fundamental change, but simply to become more efficient. But with only 28 years left to meet our 2050 net zero goal and prevent the worst effects of climate change, we must develop stepwise pathways capable of eliminating emissions from all parts of the economy. In short, net zero changes everything.

Join The Transition Accelerator’s research directors, Dr. Normand Mousseau and Dr. James Meadowcroft for this engaging one-hour webinar on why net zero changes everything, how to avoid dead-end pathways that won’t get us to our net zero goal. Attendees will gain insight into what our net zero world and energy system will look like and how to get there, and what government, investors and industry must do to get Canada’s net zero transition right.