RICHMOND, BC, Sept. 14, 2017 /CNW/ - Supporting clean technology will create good, middle-class jobs, improve the environmental performance of Canada's oil and gas sector and help address climate change.
On behalf of Canada's Minister of Natural Resources, the Honourable Jim Carr, Member of Parliament Joe Peschisolido today announced that the Government of Canada is investing $950,000 in state-of-the-art technology that will help turn carbon emissions into useful, everyday products such as building materials, alternative fuels and consumer goods.
The investment enables the Carbon Capture and Conversion Institute (CCCI) in Richmond, B.C., to design, acquire and install equipment to be used for carbon capture and turning carbon dioxide emissions into consumer-friendly products.
Carbon capture and utilization technology creates new products and business revenue stream opportunities while improving our environmental performance, creating jobs and driving clean growth in the process.
The new, specialized research equipment will also allow researchers from industry, government and academic institutions to collaborate and test innovative carbon use technologies more rapidly and cost-effectively.
This investment in the Richmond facility complements another announced last spring in Calgary to help fund the Alberta Carbon Conversion Technology Centre, capable of testing carbon conversion at near-industrial scale. Together, the two test centres will provide a full spectrum of research and development solutions for carbon capture, utilization and storage development, and test facilities for early- and late -stage projects.
The funding announcement was made during the official opening celebration of BC Research Inc.'s Technology Commercialization and Innovation Centre, where the CCCI's new pilot laboratory is located.
"By re-imagining carbon, we can create new industries, good jobs and a cleaner energy future. That's why our government is supporting innovative research across the country. This includes a $950,000-investment in state-of-the-art equipment and research that could help turn carbon emissions into useful, everyday products."
Member of Parliament for Steveston?Richmond East
"This strategic investment from Natural Resources Canada allowed the Carbon Capture and Conversion Institute to purchase state-of-the-art process equipment and analytical instruments necessary for clean technology development. We are now able to compete on the world stage and are attracting industry, academic and government developers from across Canada and abroad."
Executive Director, Carbon Capture and Conversion Institute
"BC Research has always believed in the value to Canada of being at the forefront of greenhouse gas mitigation and sustainable development. We became CMC Research Institutes' partner in promoting and supporting this concept from its inception, and we are committed to its future success."
President, BC Research
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SOURCE Natural Resources Canada
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