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Edouard Clément appointed executive director of the Energy Modelling Hub at Polytechnique Montréal

November 9, 2022 - Source : NEWS

Edouard Clément, who graduated from Polytechnique Montréal in mechanical engineering, will lead a new Canada-wide organization to support the development, maintenance and dissemination of models to provide evidence-based advice for the decarbonization of the nation’s energy systems. The Energy Modelling Hub (EMH) has been granted $5 million in federal funding awarded to the Institut de l’énergie Trottier at Polytechnique Montréal.

Edouard Clément (Photo : Caroline Perron)
Edouard Clément. (Photo: Caroline Perron)

The appointment is a homecoming for Edouard Clément, who earned a bachelor’s degree (2001) and a master’s degree (2002) from Polytechnique Montréal and began his career at the CIRAIG and the International Chair in Life Cycle Assessment.

Edouard has nearly 20 years’ experience in the start-up and management of organizations, as well as in strategic social responsibility consulting. He co-founded the Canadian headquarters of the life cycle assessment consultancy Quantis and served as vice president of corporate responsibility services at Groupe AGÉCO. He was also an entrepreneur-in-residence and the director of the innovation hubs at the impact start-up accelerator L’Esplanade before cofounding Novisto, an ESG data management software developer. Over the course of his career, he has gained recognition for his significant knowledge and understanding of emerging environmental and societal issues and ability to develop innovative solutions to address them. He was a member of the board of directors of the Espace québécois de concertation sur les pratiques d’approvisionnement responsable (ECPAR) for nearly a decade and is now a volunteer administrator at Ville en vert.

“I have dedicated my career to supporting organizations of all sizes in their transition to more responsible production and consumption methods by relying on conclusive data and a scientific approach. Climate change has always been a priority for me, and I am more committed than ever to focusing my energy and expertise on the issue and contributing as concretely as possible to the acceleration of the energy transition and decarbonization of our economy,” said Edouard Clement, executive director of the EMH.

Building on his vast expertise in the academic, private and community sectors as a professional and an entrepreneur, he will work to develop and promote the energy modelling ecosystem from coast to coast.

“We are delighted that someone of Edouard’s calibre has signed on to steer the development of the Energy Modelling Hub. I am confident that, under his leadership, this new organization will quickly be able to support the energy transition efforts across Canada by bringing together the Canadian energy modelling community and providing the open modelling tools needed to introduce effective metrics and investments.” - Normand Mousseau, Energy Modelling Hub Scientific Director.

Giving Canada the tools to accelerate the energy transition

Canada’s climate objectives call for an energy transition of an unprecedented scale and pace. To reduce the uncertainties, the Institut de l’énergie Trottier (Polytechnique Montréal), Institute for Integrated Energy Systems (University of Victoria) and School of Public Policy (University of Calgary) have joined forces and secured funding from Natural Resources Canada to launch a pan-Canadian organization to support the modelling community and serve as a bridge between the Energy Modelling Hub and model users in different levels of government and private and public organizations.

The new EMH will create a national network of experts in energy and electricity modelling, policy development and other sectors to lead the transformation of our complex energy systems and provide evidence-based advice and tailored solutions. Driven by modellers and policymakers from across the country, the EMH will help address the data-policy disconnect so modelling work can guide the interventions to address the most pressing energy policy issues.

“Canada is on the path to a profound and rapid transformation of its energy system to achieve its carbon neutrality goals by 2050. The EMH has a key role to play in this race against time by enabling the energy modelling community to work more effectively with policy makers in support of Canada’s needs,” concluded Edouard Clément.

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