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Topic: clean technology
Canada’s forest industry is tapping innovation with the aim of growing the nation’s GDP while slashing carbon emissions. Federal government funding and policy support for the innovation drive has been strong, say industry executives and innovation leaders. But more effort is needed to improve procurement programs and regulations, especially for biochemicals and biomaterials.
The federal government has committed $20 million to a new climate change institute of more than 60 experts from across the country. The Canadian Institute for Climate Choices will independently assess Ottawa’s climate policies and help develop a road map to Canada’s low-carbon economy
Alberta’s two largest cities are teaming up to multiply their tech startups. Through the new innovation corridor, they will coordinate programs and services, collaborate on marketing and policy recommendations, and focus on securing early-stage funding for startups.
Alberta Innovates has launched a $15-million international competition to capitalize on the global carbon fibre market, which is projected to reach US$7.8 billion by 2024. Eventually, more than 100,000 barrels of bitumen could be used daily to produce carbon fibre.
Alberta and Saskatchewan partner on a feasibility study of commercial-scale carbon capture and storage at a cement plant — a North American first for the cement industry.
The program supports clean technology projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve the industry’s competitiveness.
Provincial policy in B.C. is driving higher energy efficiency in new buildings and reducing carbon emissions, while creating a $3.3-billion local market for “green” building products and up to 1,700 new jobs.
Canada needs supportive government strategies and policies to maintain its global leadership in “carbontech” innovation: international conference
Canada’s new Patent Collective will reduce the risks of patent infringement claims and other intellectual property issues for SMEs.