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Quality Urban Energy Systems of Tomorrow (QUEST)

Quality Urban Energy Systems of Tomorrow (QUEST)



QUEST is an initiative focused on promoting an integrated approach to land‐use, energy, transport, water and waste management in communities and urban centres, in order to address energy end‐use ...

QUEST is an initiative focused on promoting an integrated approach to land‐use, energy, transport, water and waste management in communities and urban centres, in order to address energy end‐use and reduce greenhouse gases (GHGs). It is a collaboration of key players across Canada from industry, the environmental movement, governments, academia and the consulting community that are encouraging all levels of government, industry and citizens to support integrated approaches to providing energy services in communities.



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  • QUEST is a coalition brought together in 2007 to promote the adoption of urban integrated energy systems QUEST takes a holistic, community scale, view to land use, energy, water, waste and transportation systems and proposes a vision of a sustainable energy future.
  • . Hard to reduce energy use and GHG emissions with traditional energy efficiency upgrades alone.
  • The Quest coalition includes many diverse organizations such as: Canadian Gas Association Canadian Electricity Association Pollution Probe NRCan Canadian GeoExchange Coalition Ontario Power Authority The Canada Green Building Council The Canadian Urban Institute The City of Guelph – Karen Farbridge
  • Federal Government - Industry, Infrastructure, National Research Council, Natural Resources Canada, National Roundtable on the Environment and the Economy, Transport, CMHC…. Provincial Governments - Nova Scotia, Quebec, Ontario, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia … Municipalities – Blainville, Boisbriand, Montréal, Québec, Guelph, Toronto, Calgary, Fort McMurray, Dawson Creek, N orth Vancouver, Surrey, Vancouver, Dis trict of Saanich, Whistler…. Associations - Association Québécoise pour la maîtrise de l’énergie, Canadian Electricity Association, Canadian Gas Association, Canadian GeoExchange Coalition, Canadian Home Builders Association, Canadian Petroleum Products Institute, Canada Green Building Council, Net-Zero Energy Home Coalition …   Consultants - Dunsky expertise en énergie, Enerlife Consulting, ICF International, Lawson Research, Marbek Resources, SNC Lavalin   Buildings Sector - Windmill Development Group, Minto Development   ENGOs - Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance, Pembina Institute, Pollution Probe, Sustainable Cities Foundation, WADE Canada, Canadian Urban Institute …
  • QUEST has accomplished a lot in short period of time but there is still much to do. We have essentially be working in four areas – policy (mainly at the federal level but increasingly at the provincial level), research, advocacy (expanding the QUEST network) and matchmaking On the policy side: At the federal level – We encouraged the house of Commons natural resources committee to study integrated community energy systems – this was a new approach for the committee as they often focus on the supply side of the chain rather than demand. They heard from many of the QUEST coalition members and other related group, have developed their report which has been approved by all parties and is expected to be tabled in the house next week. This will require a response from the Minister within 120 days, so barring a summer election this should get some more attention in the fall. QUEST will be submitting a news release in support of the report and is encouraging others to do so as well. We have also been asked to appear before the council of energy ministers at the end of the summer where we will be submitting some recommendations for the provincial energy ministers to enable the uptake and adoption of integrated community energy systems and we will be supporting the work done by Natural Resources Canada on their Community energy systems roadmap. And we will be submitting a federal pre-budget submission On the advocacy side we have been talking with provincial governments to increase the awareness and importance of QUEST and its principles with very good interest and uptake to date, now we need to move from talk to action… always a challenge with government. We have also taken some steps to increase the awareness of QUEST with municipalities across Canada, we attended and gave a seminar at the federation of Canadian municipalities conference last week which generated lots of attention. And we have been meeting with various other players in the QUEST space such as WADE (World alliance for district energy) Canada, to determine what partnerships and connections we should be making and to ensure we aren’t reinventing the wheel – QUEST is cognizant that others are doing good work and we want to fill the missing gaps rather than reinventing the wheel. We are working to kick-start regional QUEST groups in BC, Alberta, Ontario (why we are all here today) and Quebec. QUEST has initiated a study to Quantify the potential energy savings and associated environmental benefits, this is requiring transport, land-use and energy academic modelers to integrate their models. This will provide us with some hard data which we can use to further advocate for the uptake of integrated energy systems. The cities being studied are Toronto, Winnipeg, Fort McMurry & Dawson Creek. We are also holding our third annual workshop in October in Quebec City. So there is lots on the go!

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