The Energy Ahead of Us: Integrated Solutions to Net-Zero

This is a pivotal time in the energy industry. To reduce emissions to net-zero by 2050, energy systems will need to be completely transformed, while continuing to meet growing energy demand. Net-zero emissions in Nova Scotia by 2050 is a very ambitious – and achievable – goal. And to achieve net-zero how we make and use energy must change – we’ll need to use every tool available including more energy efficiency, electric vehicles (both battery electric and fuel cell electric), new heating technologies, and much more low-carbon energy. We’ll also need more integrated energy systems, including electric and gas grids, working together in complementary ways. This session will highlight some of the ways that the gas distribution system can support electrification and help Nova Scotia achieve net-zero emissions including green hydrogen, gas heat pumps, renewable natural gas, and hybrid heating systems.


Derek Estabrook
Vice President, Business Development, Eastward Energy

Derek Estabrook has been the Vice President of Business Development for Eastward Energy, the natural gas distribution utility in Nova Scotia, since 2015 where he leads the company’s sales, marketing, and business development teams. Derek’s team is developing sustainable energy solutions including low-carbon hydrogen, renewable natural gas, and gas heat pumps to support Nova Scotia’s energy transition to net-zero emissions. In 2021, Derek and his Eastward Energy colleagues played a leading role in the launch of the Atlantic Hydrogen Alliance to support the development of hydrogen in Atlantic Canada. Prior to joining Eastward Energy, Derek worked for 20 years in sales, marketing, product innovation, and business development roles at PepsiCo, Agropur, Gatorade Canada, and Maple Leaf Foods. Derek holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Dalhousie University. He lives in Halifax where he is an avid runner, cyclist, cross country skier and outdoor enthusiast who also serves as a Director on the board of Nordiq Canada.