Frequently Asked Questions

Interested in learning more about us, why the organization was created and what types of work our team does? You’ll find those details and more in the questions and answers that follow.

What's 'net zero'?

Net zero refers to carbon neutrality. It is the balance between the amount of greenhouse gases being produced and the amount being removed from the atmosphere. We will achieve carbon neutrality when the amount of greenhouse gases we add to the atmosphere is not more than the amount being taken away. Achieving carbon neutrality has become a goal for many jurisdictions and organizations, including the Atlantic provinces.

What is Net Zero Atlantic?

Net Zero Atlantic is a new organization that is providing credible and objective data and support services to advance Atlantic Canada’s sustainable and inclusive transition to a carbon-neutral future.

What does the organization's name mean?

The name Net Zero Atlantic refers to our organization’s focus on leading applied research, providing services and contributing to projects that are helping Atlantic Canada achieve a carbon neutral future.

What is an inclusive transition?

An inclusive transition is one that recognizes and addresses in meaningful ways the impact that changes related to the transition will have on economies, communities, and industries. An inclusive transition is one that is just and socially fair and which is carried out in such a way that no one is left behind.

Why are you introducing this new organization now?

We recognize that ambitious climate change mitigation actions will be required to reach net zero emissions and we are applying our skills to help achieve this goal.

Didn't you used to be another organization?

Yes. OERA – from which Net Zero Atlantic grew – will continue to operate, coordinating existing, contracted work. OERA will cease operating when it fulfills these contracts.

What is the scope of your work?

We are encouraging growth of a sustainable energy sector by leading applied research and strategic projects in critical topics related to the energy transition that currently include – but are not limited to – hydrogen, offshore wind, geothermal energy, tidal energy, and energy system modeling.

What are your priorities?

Our priorities are research and strategic projects related to sustainable energy production, emissions reductions and climate change mitigation, as well as supporting economic growth by assessing cleantech opportunities.

What problems are you trying to solve?

Existing priorities are research and strategic projects related to sustainable energy production, emissions reductions and climate change mitigation, as well as supporting economic growth by assessing cleantech opportunities.

What is your business model?
  • We are project-based. We lead applied research, provide services, and coordinate projects to enable Atlantic Canada’s energy system transition.
  • Our team is enabling the energy system transition and responding to our region’s changing data needs by collaborating with academia, governments, Indigenous Peoples, private sector organizations, and other NGOs.
  • Our revenues come from a mix of sources, including fees paid by clients and funding from various sources, including government.
Will you be working throughout Atlantic Canada?

We already work in all four Atlantic provinces and plan to continue to do work that reflects regional interests.