Water for Alberta’s Hydrogen Economy

CALGARY (November 2, 2023) – Alberta has committed to reaching net zero emissions by 2050 and now must take actionable steps towards achieving this goal ​(Government of Alberta, 2023)​. The province is positioned to rapidly advance a hydrogen fuel economy, which has the potential to reduce emissions across many sectors. In addition to its existing uses in oil and gas refining, new hydrogen sources could be used to fuel vehicles and aircraft, heat homes, provide electricity, generate industrial feedstocks like ammonia and methanol, and more. In pursuing emissions reduction and climate change mitigation pathways, it is critical to consider other environmental, social, and economic impacts and trade-offs within the context of the water-energy-food nexus. One of the most important considerations, and the focus of this post, is Alberta’s shared, and finite, water resources.

WaterSMART created the following infographics to contextualize hydrogen development in Alberta. Click to enlarge.