About the study
While Ontario is on track to meet its 2030 emissions reduction target, achieving net-zero* will require further actions. How will we effectively meet Ontario’s future energy needs while reducing emissions? How can we make sure energy is there when we need it, at the lowest cost? What investments are needed today, and what policies must be put in place to enable them?
Enbridge Gas engaged a consultant, Guidehouse, to assess the feasibility of two pathways to net zero. The study finds that, compared to an electrification pathway, a diversified pathway is the most practical way to achieve net-zero emissions in Ontario while being more reliable, resilient and affordable.
Two pathways to net zero were evaluated
The study assessed two pathways based on cost, emissions reductions, energy system reliability and resiliency. It also included a sensitivity analysis that looked at how various changes in assumptions impacted each scenario. The diversified scenario with hybrid heating was the most optimal approach. All results shown below are based on this diversified pathway.
Both pathways can achieve net zero by 2050
The electrification pathway is projected to cost 27 percent more ($202 billion).
using low- and zero-carbon
low- and zero-carbon gas
and carbon capture, using
The lowest-cost pathway includes hybrid heating
The electric system must be scaled up
Ontario’s gas distribution system should be leveraged
Safe bets Ontario must act on today
Regardless of the pathway chosen, there are actions that must be taken immediately to successfully reach net zero.
Optimize and integrate energy system planning
Maintain reliable and resilient energy supply in Ontario by integrating gas and electric systems and planning. Hybrid heating is a good example of both systems working together.
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Questions about the study?
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*Enbridge Gas is addressing net-zero emissions from energy.