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Carbon neutrality in Canada: the IET at Polytechnique Montréal launches Pathways Explorer, an interactive visualization tool

July 10, 2023 - Source : NEWS

On July 5, 2023, the Institut de l’énergie Trottier (IET) at Polytechnique Montréal launched the Pathways Explorer, a new interactive online dashboard for net-zero scenarios visualization.

IET Explorateur de trajectoires

The tool represents an innovative resource that, by easing comparison of possible transformation pathways towards carbon neutrality, can help inform decision making and policy development. Powered by over a hundred scenarios, the platform is aimed at both decision-makers and individuals interested in climate and energy issues. Partly funded by the Government of Canada, the project was designed and led by IET, with modelling by ESMIA Consultants and data visualization by Kashika Studio, a company co-founded by Thomas Hurtut, Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Engineering and Software Engineering at Polytechnique Montréal.

The results presented come from NATEM, a techno-economic optimization model of the energy system that is technology explicit. Operating at the provincial and territorial level across Canada, it optimizes the overall cost of transforming the energy system based on imposed constraints.

In addition to the results visualization interface, the Pathways Explorer integrates expert analyses produced by IET, guiding users through the wealth of information available.

We invite you to explore the tool at To learn more about its inception and functionality, watch the launch webinar.

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