Minister Jim Carr speaks at a podium during a visit to Carleton to promote clean technology.

Minister Jim Carr Visits Carleton to Promote Clean Technology

Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr paid a visit to Carleton University on April 6 to promote Canada’s efforts to become a global leader in clean technology.

Carr visited a lab run by Prof. Matthew Johnson, which is studying the impact of pollutants on air quality and climate change to develop responsible methods of extracting fossil fuels. The lab received $5.5 million last fall from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and is leading the NSERC FlareNet Strategic Network.

The minister highlighted investments in the clean technology sector in the federal budget, which proposes nearly $1.4 billion in new financing be made available, on a cash basis, to help clean technology firms grow and expand.

Reducing Emissions from the Oil and Gas Sector

Natural Resources Canada is working with Carleton to measure emissions from flaring that will help provide the information needed to reduce emissions from the oil and gas sector that contribute to climate change.

The latest federal budget also boosted growth of Canada’s clean technology sector by providing financing that innovative companies need in order to grow: supporting research, development, demonstration and adoption of clean technologies; enhancing collaboration; and establishing new ways of measuring success.

“Canada has an opportunity to create a world-leading clean tech economy,” said Carr. “Budget 2017 proposes actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, help Canada adapt and build resilience to climate change and support clean technologies. We are also helping companies connect to global markets, take an innovative and collaborative approach to solving modern challenges, and get what they need to grow.”

Access to Vital Knowledge

The lab will provide decision-makers with access to vital knowledge and models they require to create effective, science-based regulations. Industry will also benefit from guidance in setting operating procedures that will improve environmental performance.

Emissions from flaring – which is used to burn off unwanted gas at refineries and oil and gas drilling sites – are a significant global concern. Much of it is associated with developing unconventional oil and gas resources.

In addition to being a major source of climate changing carbon dioxide emissions, flaring is implicated as a critical source of black carbon and other toxic air pollutants.