Climate Emergency: Getting the NWT off Diesel

This report looks at the total investment required to fund, build and operate numerous renewable energy alternatives and other "emission reduction pathways" over 20 years.

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Creator Andrew Robinson and Lachlan Maclean
Summary An increasing number of “Climate Emergencies” are being declared by governments in Canada and around the world. This report examines a strategy for quickly reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the NWT by 50% by 2030 or sooner. A 50% reduction is estimated to be 600kt of annual avoided CO2eq emissions. This report shows that it is not necessary to wait until 2030 to reduce the NWT’s emissions by 50% and further, that doing so could cost substantially less than the actions proposed in the current GNWT 2030 Energy Strategy. This report looks at the total investment required to fund, build and operate the following “emission reduction pathways” over 20 years: ● Carbon offsets ● Renewable Diesel ● Biomass District Heating ● Diesel Co-generation (CHP) ● Biomass Co-generation (15 MW Steam Power Plant) ● Transmission line from existing Taltson Hydro to future North Slave mines ● Transmission line from expanded Taltson Hydro to Ekati plus future mines plus Fort Providence plus electric vehicles in Yellowknife ● Wind and Solar PV (partial analysis based on existing studies) Purchasing
Local Relevance This report investigates the feasibility of various "emission reduction pathways" for the NWT to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 50% by 2030 or sooner.
Tags Energy,Renewable Energy,Diesel,Renewable Diesel,Carbon Offsets,Biomass Heating,Hydro,Solar,Wind,Emissions
Geographic Region NWT
Release Date 2022-04-22
Last Modified Date 2022-04-22
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