NSERC for Ingrid Stefanovic

Published: June 5, 2024

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Professor Emerita Ingrid Stefanovic recently received an NSERC Alliance grant for her work looking at the problem of reducing greenhouse gases (GHGs), as part of a team headed by Ali Bayat at the University of Alberta.

Canadians rely daily on underground infrastructure delivery services and utilities: water and wastewater, energy, power, telecommunications, and underground transportation systems. While Canada’s 2030 Emissions Reductions Plan aims to reduce GHGs 40 percent below 2005 levels and net zero by 2050, little attention is paid to quantifying current GHG emissions related specifically to underground infrastructure in Canada. This project fills that void by developing methods to assess and identify opportunities for emission reduction, increasing the uptake of clean technologies, and the adoption of best practices related to reducing GHG emissions in the underground infrastructure sector.

The National Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) offers Alliance grants to assist university researchers and sponsoring organizations in support of Canada’s public policy. Alliance grants are most often awarded to those in the science sector, and Stefanovic, as a philosopher, is “thrilled to be working with such a strong interdisciplinary scientific and engineering team,” including Rebecca Dziedzic, whose PhD thesis she co-supervised at U of T.

Stefanovic will work alongside a team of international engineers to identify opportunities for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in Canada’s underground infrastructure. The project includes an ethics review and an examination of how internal values affect decision making. She is “fascinated with the opportunity to address an environmental problem that is often overlooked in climate change policy.”

Congratulations to Stefanovic—we all look forward to seeing the results of the team’s work.