Challenges, levers and obstacles to the decarbonization of commercial and institutional buildings in Quebec

Volume 4, Issue 1
January 2022
By Normand Mousseau, Florian Pedroli
To reach net-zero carbon by 2050, the building sector, which represents 10% of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in Quebec, must abandon fossil fuels within a very short time horizon. The maturity of technologies to decarbonize buildings allows the sector to resolutely engage on this track with a tight schedule to compensate the difficulties met by other sectors, like transport. The goal of this document is to identify the challenges, levers, and obstacles to decarbonizing buildings in Quebec, and more specifically commercial and institutional buildings, still large consumers of natural gas and other fossil fuels.

About the Authors

Normand Mousseau, PhD

Transition Pathway Principal

Normand Mousseau, PhD, is a professor of physics at Université de Montréal and Academic Director of the Trottier Energy Institute at Polytechnique Montréal. His research includes the study of complex materials, energy and natural resources. He is actively involved with energy and climate policy, having co-chaired the Quebec Commission on Energy Issues in 2013, and published a number of books in this field.


Cite as: Pedroli F, Mousseau N. (2022). Enjeux leviers et freins de la décarbonation des bâtiments commerciaux et institutionnels au Québec Transition Accelerator Reports Vol. 4, Numéro 1, P. 1-31. ISSN 2562-6272.