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New “ERA” of climate innovation targets methane pollution in Alberta

The Province of Alberta, Canada is targeting an additional CA$33 million from the industry-supported Emissions Reduction Alberta (ERA) to aggressively reduce methane emissions as outlined under its Climate Leadership Plan (CLP) and has opened a call for project proposals.

Emissions Reduction Alberta (ERA), formerly the Climate Change and Emissions Management Corporation, will use the money to seek out and advance technologies that support Alberta’s commitment to reduce methane emissions by 45 percent by 2025 under the province’s Climate Leadership Plan (CLP) announced in November 2015.

Innovation is vital to the global issue of climate change. This investment in innovation supports our climate leadership goals. By developing the next generation of innovative and clean technology, we build a sustainable and diversified economy that attracts investment, creates jobs, expands market access and reduces greenhouse gas emissions, said Shannon Phillips, Minister Responsible for the Climate Change Office.

Call for project proposals

According to a statement, ERA is earmarking a total of CA$40 million to help advance technologies to reduce methane emissions, a potent greenhouse (GHG) gas, in Alberta. Funding for this comes from the announcement and ERA’s existing budget. ERA will provide successful applicants up to a maximum of CA$5 million.

Projects will be selected through a competitive process. The funding targets medium- and long-term opportunities to reduce methane emissions in the oil and gas, agriculture and landfill sectors as well as projects to improve methane detection and quantification.

The government provides grants to ERA to enable it to fulfil its mandate. This funding comes from Alberta’s large emitters who choose to pay into the Climate Change and Emissions Management Fund as a compliance option if they are unable to meet emissions reduction targets.

ERA is continuing our work with industry and other stakeholders to identify, invest in and accelerate ideas that reduce greenhouse gas emissions. We are advancing the technologies Alberta needs for a lower carbon future and that industry needs for continued economic success, said Kathleen Sendall, Board Chair, ERA.

ERA works with industry, government and the innovation community to identify priorities for funding that support government policy direction. This includes a future direction that will emerge from the Climate Technology Task Force, the Oil Sands Advisory Group and Energy Efficiency Alberta.

Since 2009, it has committed more than CA$300 million to more than 100 projects with a combined value of more than CA$2 billion. For every dollar ERA invests, more than another CA$5 is also invested.

New technologies are essential to achieving the outcomes we seek in the Alberta Climate Leadership Plan. By seeking out projects to reduce methane emissions, Alberta is maintaining momentum and demonstrating a commitment to take action on innovation, said Gord Lambert, Chair Climate Technology Task Force.

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