CIRAIG’s research on the energy transition aims to provide state-of-the-art technical data for environmental LCA studies. These LCA’s may then be used to compare different energy sources supply chains for specific energy uses. As such, it provides decision-makers with the knowledge to make an enlightened decision regarding the environmental impacts of their energy choices.
However, this is not enough to meet the climate crisis challenges. In this context, managing the energy transition is of the utmost importance. Planning for the energy transition has been so far difficult due to its systemic nature that encompasses several key economical, environmental, technical, social, and regulatory constraints. Therefore, the energy pole of excellence also aims to provide tools that allow for the systemic constrained optimization of energy sources to investigate different energy transition pathways. To reach this objective, the CIRAIG is working with the Industrial Process and Energy Systems Engineering (IPESE) at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) to adapt their energy optimization model (i.e., Swiss ENERGYScope TD) to Quebec and Canada realities and enhance the model’s capabilities with environmental, economic, and social life cycle data and indicators as well as lifecycle-based energy return on investment (EROI) and uncertainty assessment.