Pathways to Net Zero: A Decision Support Tool

Volume 3, Issue 1
January 2021

Getting to net zero requires major changes in the large-scale systems we use to meet societal needs, including the way we produce and distribute energy, move people and goods, produce and consume food, and build and live within our cities. This report is intended as a decision-support tool and reference document for those tasked with figuring out how to do this. It provides an assessment of different pathways to net zero for eight critical sectors and systems in Canada. The Transition Accelerator will be adding to this work over time, and will update the report periodically.

About the Authors

James Meadowcroft, PhD

Transition Pathway Principal

James Meadowcroft, PhD, is professor in the School of Public Policy and Administration at Carleton University where he has held a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Governance for Sustainable Development. He has written widely on environmental politics and policy, democratic participation and deliberative democracy, national sustainable development strategies and socio-technical transitions. Recent work focuses on energy and the transition to a low-carbon society and includes publications on carbon capture and storage (CCS), smart grids, the development of Ontario’s electricity system, the politics of socio-technical transitions and negative carbon emissions.


Cite as: Meadowcroft, J. and contributors. 2021. Pathways to net zero: A decision support tool. Transition Accelerator Reports. Vol. 3, Iss. 1. Pg 1-108. ISSN 2562-6264.