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Achieving carbon neutrality for a future large greenhouse gas emitter in Quebec, Canada: a case study

Faubert Patrick, Bouchard Sylvie, Morin Chassé Rémi, Côté Hélène, Dessureault Pierre-Luc et Villeneuve Claude. (2020). Achieving carbon neutrality for a future large greenhouse gas emitter in Quebec, Canada: a case study. Atmosphere, 11, (8), p. 810.

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URL officielle: http://dx.doi.org/doi:10.3390/atmos11080810

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To reach the Paris Agreement targets of holding the global temperature increase below 2 °C above the preindustrial levels, every human activity will need to be carbon neutral by 2050. Feasible means for industries to achieve carbon neutrality must be developed and assessed economically. Herein we present a case study on available solutions to achieve net-zero carbon from the get-go for a planned liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant in Quebec, which would classify as a large Canadian greenhouse gas (GHG) emitter. From a literature review, available options were prioritized with the promoter. Each prioritized potential solution is discussed in light of its feasibility and the associated economic opportunities and challenges. Although net-zero carbon is feasible from the get-go, results show that the promoter should identify opportunities to reduce as much as possible emissions at source, cooperate with other industries for CO2 capture and utilization, replace natural gas from fossil sources by renewable sources and offset the remaining emissions by planting trees and/or buying offsets on the compliance and voluntary markets. As some of these solutions are still to be developed, to ensure timely net-zero pledge for the lifespan of the LNG plant, a portfolio and progressive approach to combine offsets and other options is preferable.

Type de document:Article publié dans une revue avec comité d'évaluation
Volume:11
Numéro:8
Pages:p. 810
Version évaluée par les pairs:Oui
Date:2020
Sujets:Sciences naturelles et génie
Sciences naturelles et génie > Sciences appliquées
Sciences naturelles et génie > Sciences appliquées > Eau et environnement
Sciences naturelles et génie > Sciences naturelles
Sciences naturelles et génie > Sciences naturelles > Biologie et autres sciences connexes
Département, module, service et unité de recherche:Départements et modules > Département des sciences fondamentales
Mots-clés:carbon neutral, zero carbon, GHG source reduction, offset credit, large emitter
Déposé le:01 sept. 2020 22:36
Dernière modification:01 sept. 2020 22:36
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