Transitioning Transportation to Net-Zero Emissions:
A case study for heavy duty road freight in Alberta

Tuesday, June 20, 2023



Carolina Calderon, Director of Policy, Planning, and External Relations, PrairiesCan


Dr. David Layzell, Energy Systems Architect, The Transition Accelerator

Dr. Alex de Barros, Professor, University of Calgary

Zach Redick, University of Calgary

In Canada, the combustion of transportation fuels (gasoline, diesel, jet fuel and fuel oil) accounts for about 28% of Canada’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. To meet Canada’s net-zero commitments, these fuels — and potentially the vehicles they serve — will need to be replaced with zero-emission energy carriers and vehicles, with significant implications for oil-producing Alberta.

Following from Dr. David Layzell’s Hydrogen 101 webinar in March, this presentation begins with a high-level assessment of the net-zero solutions for Canada’s transportation sector, with a focus on the role that hydrogen could play. A case study follows for the transition to net-zero of Alberta’s heavy duty road freight sector.

Previous Webinars

Case Study: Hydrogen Fuel Cells in Port Trucking Operations

Case Study: Hydrogen Fuel Cells in Port Trucking Operations

The Port of Los Angeles, in conjunction with Kenworth Truck Company, Toyota, Shell, and others , recently demonstrated a collaborative zero-emission goods movement project focused on the use of hydrogen fuel cells in heavy-duty trucks for port service. The project exhibited supply chain transport from “Shore to Store” utilizing zero-emission advanced technology. The Shore to Store project is funded with a $41,122,260 grant from the California Air Resources Board and an additional $41,426,612 in matching contributions from project partners. The presentation will discuss the project results and showcase the potential of hydrogen as a zero-emissions fuel platform for heavy-duty goods movement.
A Year Later: Advancing the Hydrogen Workforce for Edmonton Region’s Hydrogen Hub

A Year Later: Advancing the Hydrogen Workforce for Edmonton Region’s Hydrogen Hub

It’s been almost a year since the Transition Accelerator released Pat Hufnagel-Smith’s report, Assessing the Workforce Required to Advance Canada’s Hydrogen Economy. This webinar take a closer look at the work done since then to ensure that the workforce to enable the region’s future hydrogen economy will be available as it’s needed.
Hydrogen For Heavy-Duty Long Haul

Hydrogen For Heavy-Duty Long Haul

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