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Mitigation scenario
Alberta's agriculture
Greenhouse emissions
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University of Alberta
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Bonyad, Marziyeh
Supervisor and department
Kumar, Amit (Mechanical Engineering)
Examining committee member and department
Ma, Yongsheng (Mechanical Engineering)
Kumar, Amit (Mechanical Engineering)
Li, Yunwei (Electrical and Computer Engineering)
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Engineering Management
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Master of Science
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Due to rapid economic expansion, Alberta’s energy sector has witnessed an upsurge in energy consumption and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The agriculture sector in Alberta ranks second among the Canadian provinces in terms of energy consumption in the agricultural sector nationally. The current research uses the Long range Energy Alternatives and Planning (LEAP) model to develop a framework to assess the future trends of energy demand and associated GHGs for Alberta’s agriculture sector. This framework helps in the assessment of various GHG mitigation options associated with energy consumption. Based on current growth rates of energy supply and demand, a business-as-usual scenario was developed for the years 2009-2050. Following this, various GHG mitigation scenarios were developed to assess the economic feasibility of energy efficiency improvement and GHG-reduction options. GHG abatement cost curves were developed to determine the marginal costs ($/tonne of GHG reduced) for all the GHG mitigation scenarios.
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