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University of Waterloo gets CA$0.8M to develop slim wood-plastic composites

In Canada, the University of Waterloo, Ontario (ON) has received CA$800 000 in funding from Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) for the development of thin structured wood-plastic composites for use in construction, automotive and packing applications.

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The University of Waterloo, Ontario (ON) has received CA$800 000 from Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) for the development of thin structured wood-plastic composites for use in construction, automotive and packing applications.

The Honourable Bardish Chagger, Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Member of Parliament for Waterloo, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, announced on August 30, 2019, an investment of CA$800 000 for the University of Waterloo for the development of thin structured wood-plastic composites for use in construction, automotive and packing applications.

By making significant investments in Canada’s forest sector and working with innovative institutions like the University of Waterloo, we can reduce greenhouse gas emissions and create new opportunities for Canadian businesses. I am proud to announce this investment that will help position Canada as a world leader in the development of sustainable bio-products, said The Honourable Bardish Chagger, Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Member of Parliament for Waterloo.

The investment will use recycled plastics, reduce burdens on landfills and reduce the cost of production while providing new market opportunities for Canada’s forest sector. Converting forestry waste materials into wood-plastic composites can reduce the use of carbon and other rubber components in production, which will provide both energy and cost savings.

The project is being funded by Natural Resources Canada’s Clean Growth Program, which invests in clean technology research and developmental projects in Canada’s energy, mining, and forest sectors. The Clean Growth Program also aims to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) and air-polluting emissions, while minimizing landscape disturbances and improving waste management practices.

In a world where the dynamic challenges of the plastic industry associated with severe environmental pollution, resource scarcity or depletion concerns and the health and safety risk of some plastics and additives are testing the earth’s limits and our standards for human well-being, it is crucial that government supports research and development efforts in a way that provides sustainable solutions and local resource utilization and avoids health and safety, and pollution concerns. We are very grateful to the Government of Canada for the support of our research through the Clean Growth Program, said Tizazu Mekonnen, Associate Professor, Chemical Engineering, University of Waterloo.

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