Earn 5 CMUsDisruption in Freight Transport and Zero-Emission Energy Systems

Facilitator: Jessica Lof, Energy Systems Researcher/Analyst - Canadian Energy Systems Analysis Research Initiative

Air Date: September 19, 2018, 12-1 PM ET

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CMUs: Certified CITT members earn 5 CMUs for their first viewing of this webinar (live or recorded). 

Canada’s freight sector currently accounts for 10% of Canada’s GHG profile with 70 million tonnes of carbon equivalent being released to the atmosphere in 2016.  The Trucking sector alone accounts for close to 60 million tonnes according to Environment and Climate Change Canada).  With freight transport needed to support economic growth, the demand for transportation will continue to grow, making GHG management strategies like adopting fuel efficient engine technology, reinforcing new driving habits, and shifting more freight to railways insufficient for achieving our climate change goals. Transformative change will be required.   

Canada’s freight sector is poised for disruptive change, with issues ranging from air pollution, accidents, poor load factor, and labour shortages, innovations such as digital connectivity, the autonomous truck, and the electric truck are gaining traction.   If the freight sector is able to strategically harness and direct a combination of these innovations to solve the challenges that the industry currently faces, both societal and economic goals can be achieved.  

This webinar will discuss and provoke conversation about where the future of freight transportation is headed and how it can be nudged and guided to meet economic and societal goals (including climate change).  Furthermore, participants will have gained a better awareness and understanding of the energy systems that will be required to support freight transportation in the future, whether it be hydrogen, electricity, or another fuel source.

Topics will include

  • CO2 Emissions and Trucking- historical trends and carbon management strategies  
  • Beyond greenhouse gas emission- why the trucking sector is poised for transformative change and how this can drive opportunities for zero-emission technology
  • The electric truck- between the hydrogen fuel cell truck and the battery electric truck, which is better for Canada’s transportation energy system.

After this webinar, you’ll be able to confidently investigate zero-emission vehicle options for your organization, and engage with other organizations that have similar outlooks.

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About the facilitator:

Facilitator: Jessica Lof, Energy Systems Researcher/Analyst - Canadian Energy Systems Analysis Research Initiative

Jessica Lof is an energy systems researcher/analyst at the Canadian Energy Systems Analysis Research (CESAR) initiative that is led by Dr. David Layzell of the University of Calgary. At CESAR, Jessica is at the forefront of its Future of Freight project; evaluating the potential system-level environmental and economic benefits and trade-offs associated with low carbon transportation while exploring possible transition pathways that are credible, compelling, and capable of reaching climate change targets.

Jessica has over ten years of practical experience working in Canada’s freight sector, a master’s degree in sustainable energy development, and has completed a professional designation with the Canada Institute of Traffic and Transportation.

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