Modelling optimal energy scenarios with and without the exploitation of hydrocarbons at Anticosti and an assessment of the impacts for meeting the GHG reduction targets in Quebec

Client : In partnership with the International Reference Centre for the Life Cycle of Products, Processes and Services (CIRAIG) for the Ministère de l’Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques [Quebec’s Ministry of the Environment and the Fight against Climate Change] (MELCC)—Canada

Period : 2015–2016

Description : A part of Quebec’s Strategic Environmental Assessments on Hydrocarbons, this project aimed to assess the environmental and economic consequences related to the exploitation of hydrocarbons on Anticosti Island to meet the greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction targets for 2030 and 2050. ESMIA consultants modelled various optimal energy development scenarios for Quebec using the NATEM model,

1- with and without hydrocarbon development on Anticosti Island, and
2- with and without the possibility of buying emission credits on California’s carbon market.

A complete life cycle analysis carried out by CIRAIG assessed other impacts, including the ones affecting human health.