THE FUTURE IS ELECTRIC: BUILDING DECARBONIZED AND SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES

From renewable energy to transportation electrification, Concordia is helping to put the brakes on CO2 emissions by engaging with communities to make smarter buildings and more efficient transit systems.

Featuring the expertise of more than 140 researchers from different disciplines, our initiative brings together a group of leaders to address, not only the technical challenges of electrification, but the policy and social development requirements as well.


“Electrifying Society” is built on three themes with three connective platforms:


Creating a smart, sustainable and healthy built environment

Skyscrapers, houses, walkways, roads and parks — they're all a part of the built environment. Concordia researchers are working toward decarbonization through sustainable architecture and by designing structures that generate more (renewable) energy than they use.

Working in Concordia’s labs, researchers are producing better solar panels, designing urban wind turbines or developing integrated AI systems that make structures smarter, greener and cleaner.

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Building resilient community energy and transportation systems

Electric vehicles are becoming more abundant, which means it’s becoming more challenging to manage the infrastructure needed to power them.

Charging logistics, energy storage and grid cybersecurity are just a handful of the areas where Concordia researchers are making their mark.

And by helping to build resilient electrical grids that are focussed on renewable energy sources, Concordia is contributing to a more sustainable world.

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Planning and governance for social equity and citizen engagement

The transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy infrastructures has the potential to decentralize power and contribute positively to social equity.

Working from the ground up, we will ensure that the electrification and decarbonization of society is based on active citizen engagement and participation, with continuous two-way knowledge mobilization.

This includes bringing together a team of core researchers to mitigate climate change and its impacts on Indigenous lands and life.

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In redefining the ways in which we move, live and work Concordia is setting the stage for more resilient and sustainable communities.

 

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