Towards Zero-Emission HD Trucks in Alberta:
Meeting Canada’s Climate Change Commitments
Tuesday, September 27, 2022
Moderator: Chris Nash, Alberta Motor Transport Association
Presenter: Zachary Redick, University of Calgary
In 2019, Alberta’s heavy duty (HD), Class 8 road vehicles accounted for 31% of the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from all road vehicles in the province. To meet its climate change commitments, the Canadian government wants 35% of all new Class 8 vehicle sales to be zero-emission by 2030, and near 100% by 2040. For light and medium duty trucks, plug-in, battery electric vehicles (BEV) could be a zero-emission solution. However, for HD trucks, hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles (HFCEV) are seen as a better fit to meet the demands for heavy loads, long hauls, and rapid refueling.
To assess transition strategies and make recommendations for policy and investment decisions by government and industry, report authors Zachary Redick, Dr. David Layzell, and Dr. Alexandre De Barros built a stock and flow model, which they combined with a vehicle kilometer travelled (VKT) model and an economic model to project scenarios to 2050 for the transition of HD vehicles to zero emission in Alberta.
A Q&A follows.
Presented by the Alberta Motor Transport Association, AZETEC, The Transition Accelerator, and CESAR and the University of Calgary.
Canada’s trading partners and competitors are using industrial policy to position their firms in rapidly forming global value chains. Canada needs to take a strategic approach to seize economic opportunities and develop the technologies and firms we need to reach net-zero. This presentation will draw on international case studies to distill key principles and best practices for Canadian net-zero industrial strategy.
Join Bentley Allan, research director for the Transition Accelerator, for an introduction to this vital topic. A Q&A will follow.
Moderated by Edmonton Global CEO Malcolm Bruce and featuring a presentation from Pat Hufnagel-Smith, this webinar offers insights into the workforce required to advance Canada’s hydrogen economy and the opportunities to leverage skilled and available labour and the degree to which an additional workforce must be developed. It also introduces the Hydrogen Workforce Assessment Tool that presents a detailed assessment of the occupations required for each value chain involved in the low-carbon hydrogen economy. A Q&A session will follow.
The term “blue hydrogen” is used to describe hydrogen produced from fossil fuels with carbon capture and storage (CCS). However, there are many different process configurations that can be used to make blue hydrogen and, due to the range of upstream emissions associated with the natural gas feedstock, the result is that there are many different shades of blue. In this webinar, we look at different commercially mature technologies for production of blue hydrogen and the resulting range of carbon intensities that could result.
In the global transition to net-zero emission energy systems, the demand for traditional fossil fuels must decline dramatically, presumably reducing oil prices and adversely impacting the economy of oil-producing regions like Alberta. However, there will still be a need for chemical-based transportation fuels, especially in heavy-duty vehicles where grid electrification is not a credible alternative. Low-carbon hydrogen, which can be made from natural gas coupled to carbon capture and storage, is rapidly emerging as the fuel of choice for these vehicles in a net zero future.