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WISE Energy Day 2017
Thu, 30 March 2017, 9:00 AM – 4:45 PM EDT
Meet and mingle with our researchers. Connect the dots and get energized by our talented young entrepreneurs and emerging leaders at the most innovative University in Canada. This is a ‘meet-up’ of academic, industry & government experts who have come together to share insights & new ideas for our energy future.
Panel presentations, posters & discussions focus on:
- Energy Transitions For a Decarbonized Economy: How Fast and at What Cost?
- Low Energy Green Buildings: What Can Innovation Do?
- Energy Access for Canada's Remote First Nations Communities: If Not Now, When?
Energy Transitions for a Decarbonized Economy: How Fast and at What Cost?
Climate change commitment is a major focus for the Canadian government with clear policy goals to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and to transition to a low carbon economy over the long term. What are the implications for the energy sector in the short to medium term? What are the credible technological and policy options that can meet the test of economic competitiveness, consumer acceptance and affordability? Our panel of policy analysts, climate change experts, and social and political scientists will talk about the various impacts of adopted policies on the national economy of Canada.
Low Energy Green Buildings: What Can Innovation Do?
Green buildings aka net zero energy buildings are expected to last longer, be energy efficient and cost effective, and provide healthy environmental conditions for occupants The government policy is to promote highly productive and efficient buildings in the residential and commercial sectors. Our panel of experts in this discipline will shed light on best practices including material selection, building codes, design engineering, real estate norms, and architectural standards that should be adjusted to meet the energy demands of the community in Canada.
Energy Access for Canada's Remote First Nations Communities: If Not Now, When?
There are nearly 300 remote communities across Northern Canada – about 170 of them First Nations – and mostly rely on diesel generators with fuel flown in or trucked in via ice road. It’s not only environmentally damaging, it’s also expensive – up to $1 per kilowatt-hour – so building capacity to get energy from renewable sources is the preferred option. The Canadian government at various levels in partnership with academic institutes is working with the indigenous communities to find innovative solutions that could end energy poverty. Our panel of internationally renowned researchers, technology & policy specialists, and political leaders will discuss the need of developing economically feasible and financially viable energy systems to provide affordable and clean energy to remote indigenous communities across Canada.