Coop Carbone is currently focused on developing programs in two main areas: building and process heat energy production and transportation.
The burning of hydrocarbons (fuel oil, propane, natural gas) for heating produces greenhouse gases. Coop Carbone works within the Administrative regional organizations of Quebec to make available to local businesses a mix of technologies specifically tailored to the Region. This can include:
- Residual forest biomass
Replacing fossil fuels with forestry biomass offers a strong potential for reducing energy costs and GHG emissions while also promoting regional economic development. Demand consolidation through Coop Carbone can allow for more rapid development of this sector, notably by building confidence in the technology and by growing supply and standardizing the quality of the materials.
- Geothermal energy
Heat from the ground is a local energy source that is green. It can be used for heating in winter and cooling in summer. Coop Carbone’s program can serve to assist financing of the significant initial investments required.
- District heating
In Northern Europe, district heating is increasingly promoted as a solution that is green and cost-effective. In addition to optimizing investments, district heating allows for waste heat (e.g., from industrial parks) to be recovered, to coordinate the needs of different clients and to use the most efficient technologies, like biomass and geothermal energy. Coop Carbone’s program.
- Biomethane (a direct replacement for natural gas)
Produced from our waste, biomethane is a source of renewable energy that is carbon-neutral and can be available in large quantities. Coop Carbone works with waste producers to improve the development of biomethane and make it available (through Gaz Metro’s distribution systems) to members wishing to reduce their heating emissions.
Additionally, Coop Carbone is looking at establishing energy efficiency programs (building envelope and equipment) for propane and fuel oil consumers.
Transportation is the leading source of GHG emissions in Quebec and the only one that is on the rise. Coop Carbone is working with fleet managers and fuel purchasers to make the best technologies available to them, including:
- Biomethane (small trucks)
In addition to its role in heating, biomethane can reduce, in a cost-effective way, GHG emissions from vehicles. Coop Carbone is working to establish a program for its members who manage fleets of small trucks. These members would have access to a stable supply of biomethane as well as to optimal solutions for converting their vehicles to biomethane.
- Electrification of business fleets
In a number of situations, the electrification of small vehicle fleets is a cost-effective solution that has minimal operational impact. Coop Carbone’s program will aim to improve the dissemination of knowledge and to facilitate large-scale implementation, specifically through consolidated procurement, adapted financing offers and improved charging infrastructure. Furthermore, Coop Carbone is exploring the implementation of even more innovative solutions, including smart transportation and the aggregation of logistics needs.
In developing its programs, Coop Carbone favours an open approach, including co-design phases with our members and partners. In this way we make sure our programs are adapted to the needs on the ground. Want to learn more? Contact us.