Understanding and managing the contraction of infrastructure for internal combustion engine vehicles

The transportation sector is responsible for 25% of Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions and efforts to address climate change by electrifying transportation will reduce the demand for gasoline and diesel fuels. At some point in the decline internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicle owners will face the same challenges that have plagued electric and hydrogen vehicle owners – namely insufficient fueling infrastructure to allow for convenient operation of the vehicles. This raises a number of potential issues, from the risk of stranded assets for owners of the ICE vehicles, to implications for land use planning for gasoline station locations, that will require policy interventions. This project will examine the process of contraction of gasoline station infrastructure to build a better understanding of how the contraction will progress, identifying potential risks and laying out solutions the Transition Accelerator can develop to manage the transition.

Leonard Olien
Faculty Supervisor: 
Sara Hastings-Simon
Partner University: