QUEST – Quality Urban Energy Systems of Tomorrow

DatesNovember 18-21 2012
CityWinnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Contact NameTracy Soyka
Main BodyQUEST (Quality Urban Energy Systems of Tomorrow) has served as Canada’s national voice for integrated community energy systems and solutions (ICES). ICES considers how energy is supplied and consumed in all sectors including transportation, land-use planning, industry, water and waste management and others.

The focus for 2012 is Smart Energy Communities in Cold Climates. Around the world, urban, small, rural, and remote communities comprise 50% of all energy use and related emissions. A significant portion of this energy is used to meet the heating and plug load needs for all buildings and for the transportation of people and goods. Many communities around the world are accelerating their sustainability strategies by integrating the energy activities associated with buildings, the supply and treatment of water, transportation and goods movement, the management of waste and energy infrastructure. These strategies are complemented by alternative financing, adaptation and resiliency, job creation and innovation.
Additional InfoICES are all about investing in the establishment of Smart Energy Communities by wisely planning for and using energy. Making ICES happen is also about implementation and addressing the economic constrains and advancing the solutions that enable greater market uptake of practical solutions, policies and processes. We’ll bring together the best thinkers, strategists, practitioners and decision-makers from Canada and abroad to share what we can do to make Smart Energy Communities in Cold Climates a reality.