Quality Urban Energy Systems of Tomorrow (QUEST)


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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!
  • Quality Urban Energy Systems of Tomorrow (QUEST)

    1. 1. Presented to the National Housing Research Committee Ottawa, November 2, 2009 By: Tonja Leach
    2. 2. Canadian Communities Play a Significant Role in Reducing our Emissions <ul><li>The single most tangible opportunity we have as Canadians to effectively reduce our greenhouse gas emissions is in how we plan, build and develop our communities. </li></ul>
    3. 3. The Opportunity in Canadian Communities <ul><li>Communities represent about 50% of Canadian energy use and GHG emissions. </li></ul><ul><li>An integrated approach to energy systems in Canada’s communities will deliver GHG reductions and build a sustainable energy future. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>No or low carbon environment. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reduction of other environmental impacts (air, water, waste). </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>More affordable energy. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>More resilient & adaptable energy systems delivering safe, reliable energy services . </li></ul></ul>
    4. 4. What is an Integrated Community Energy Solution? <ul><li>Capitalizing on the cross-cutting opportunities and synergies available at the community level by integrating physical components from multiple sectors, including: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>energy supply and distribution; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>transportation; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>housing and buildings; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>industry; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>water, waste management and other local community services; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>and land use and community form. </li></ul></ul>
    5. 5. Who and What is QUEST? <ul><li>QUEST Mission : “ To foster a community-based integrated approach to land-use, energy, transportation, waste and water and reduce related greenhouse gas, air pollutant emissions and waste.” </li></ul><ul><li>QUEST Vision : “ By 2050 every community in Canada is operating as an integrated energy system, and accordingly, all community development and redevelopment incorporates an integrated energy system.” </li></ul><ul><li>QUEST is a coalition of key players from industry, environmental movement, governments, academia and the consulting community. QUEST is supported by the following organizations: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Federal Government </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Provincial Governments </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Municipal Governments </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Energy Industry </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Environmental Groups </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Building Sector </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Academics </li></ul></ul></ul>
    6. 6. QUEST - Six Guiding Principles <ul><li>Improve efficiency – reduce the energy input required for a given level of service; </li></ul><ul><li>Optimize “exergy” – avoid using high-quality energy in low-quality applications; </li></ul><ul><li>Manage heat – capture all feasible thermal energy and use it, rather than exhaust it; </li></ul><ul><li>Reduce waste – use all available resources, such as landfill gas, gas pressure drops and municipal, agricultural, industrial and forestry wastes; </li></ul><ul><li>Use renewable resources –tap into local biomass, geothermal, solar and wind energy; and </li></ul><ul><li>Use grids strategically – optimize use of grid energy and as a resource to optimize the overall system and ensure reliability. </li></ul>
    7. 7. The Building Blocks Mixed-use higher density communities and integrated energy systems . <ul><li>Mixed-use and higher density development allows the cost-effective integration of systems, including transportation. </li></ul><ul><li>LEED certified buildings reduce energy use and environmental impact. </li></ul><ul><li>The unique characteristics of each energy form is matched with its end-use. </li></ul><ul><li>A district energy system allows thermal energy to be effectively managed across the different end-uses. </li></ul><ul><li>Energy from waste, such as sewer systems and garbage, is recovered. </li></ul><ul><li>Local renewable energy contribution, like solar energy is maximized. </li></ul><ul><li>Electricity and gas grids allow optimization of the overall system and ensure reliability. </li></ul>
    8. 8. Impact of Cumulative Strategies: Energy <ul><li>Cumulative contribution of strategies on energy use and GHG reductions in Guelph, Ontario. </li></ul>
    9. 9. The Players <ul><li>The Actors </li></ul>The Enablers
    10. 10. The Potential of Integrated Community Energy Solutions <ul><li>Stringent land use policy to encourage densification, including constraints on the geographic footprint of cities, specification of densification corridors with fast and reliable transit, and reform of the property tax system to reflect marginal infrastructure building and maintenance costs, has the capacity to reduce urban emissions by approximately 40 – 50%. </li></ul><ul><li>The given emissions reduction estimates include some but not all the potential energy cascading benefits made possible by densification, including district heating, combined heat and power, waste recovery systems and other local alternative energy sources. </li></ul>
    11. 11. Integrated Community Energy Solution Interest is Growing Rapidly in Canada <ul><li>Federal & Provincial Governments </li></ul><ul><li>Municipalities – e.g. Blainville, Boisbriand, Montréal, Québec, Guelph, Toronto, Calgary, Fort McMurray, Dawson Creek, N orth Vancouver, Surrey, Vancouver, Dis trict of Saanich, Whistler… </li></ul><ul><li>Associations – e.g. 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, Net-Zero Energy Home Coalition, Canada Green Building Council </li></ul><ul><li>Industry – e.g. Terasen Gas, BC Hydro, ATCO Gas, ENMAX, Windmill Development Group, Minto Development… </li></ul><ul><li>ENGOs – e.g. Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance, Canadian Urban Institute, Pembina Institute, Pollution Probe, Sustainable Cities Foundation, WADE Canada… </li></ul>
    12. 12. QUEST Efforts in 2009 <ul><li>Accelerate adoption of integrated community energy planning </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Meetings with various federal MP’s, provincial MPP’s and bureaucrats </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Appearance before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Natural Resources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Seminar presentation at Federation of Canadian Municipalities Conference and Union of BC Municipalities Conference </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Appearance before the Council of Energy Ministers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Federal pre-budget submission & appearance before the House of Commons Finance Committee </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Quantify the potential energy savings and associated environmental benefits </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Multi-disciplinary collaboration led by MKJA </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Involving the cities of Winnipeg, Toronto, Dawson Creek and Fort McMurray </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Build support for long-term effort </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Expanding the network of supporters </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>QUEST Caucuses have been developed in B.C., Ontario & Québec. Soon to start in Alberta & Nova Scotia. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Connect community builders with the actors and enablers within their region </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Including Fort McMurray, Guelph, Surrey, Prince George & UBC to name a few </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Annual Workshop – Integrated Energy Systems: Putting the Pieces Together, Québec City, October 26 – 28, 2009. </li></ul>
    13. 13. QUEST <ul><li>Mobilizing community builders to create integrated energy solutions that are central to sustainable communities. </li></ul>