Applying the NATEM optimization model for the definition of GHG mitigation strategies on an urban scale—The Montréal Metropolitan Community case study

Client : Dunsky Energy Expertise for the Montréal Metropolitan Community, the Trottier Family Foundation and the David Suzuki Foundation—Canada

Period : 2019–2020

Description : To support the City of Montréal in its desire to become a leader in climate action, ESMIA was mandated to propose GHG emission reduction trajectories that would allow the city to reach carbon neutrality by 2050. The project provided the opportunity to overcome some modelling challenges, including adapting the NATEM model to a multi-regional urban scale and the integration of a GHG accounting approach compatible with the one recommended by the Global Protocol for Community-Scale Greenhouse Gas Emission Inventories. Optimal decarbonization strategies could be recommended for the Montréal Metropolitan Community’s five regions based on various urban sprawl and densification scenarios and ultimately support decision makers in developing action plans.