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December 11, 2017,

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Clean growth is good for our planet and our pocketbooks. That is why we introduced the Clean Growth Program (CGP), which provides $155 million for clean technology research and development (R&D) and demonstration projects in Canada’s energy, mining and forestry sectors… by NRCan.

Currently, nylon is made from petroleum. While the process works well, it is not as environmentally friendly as many would like. There is strong demand for nylon produced using man-made chemicals derived from sugar, which requires less energy and results in fewer greenhouse gas emissions. BioAmber, an industrial biotechnology company located in Sarnia, Ontario, is successfully manufacturing succinic acid (used in producing polymers, resins and solvents) from sugar streams, which materially decreases the carbon footprint. These same principles could be used to develop a process for the manufacture of adipic acid, used in producing nylon… by GenomeCanada.

OTTAWA, Dec. 04, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Renewable Industries Canada (RICanada) announced today the launch of a public awareness campaign on the environmental and economic benefits of biofuels mandates. Dubbed ‘Facts Don’t Lie’, the campaign is designed to educate the public on the role of biofuels in reducing carbon emissions from transportation. Given that renewable fuels such as ethanol and biodiesel are the fastest and easiest way to reduce greenhouse gases (GHGs) in the transportation sector, the campaign will explain why now is the time to increase mandates for renewable content in Canada’s fuels… by Renewable Industries Canada.

The Ontario government is proposing to double the minimum amount of ethanol in gasoline, a step that would form one of the province’s biggest moves toward hitting its greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction targets. The plan puts Ontario on track to become the first province to require fuel suppliers to put at least 10 per cent ethanol in regular gasoline, starting in 2020… by Mike Crawley.

The Alberta government plans to direct nearly $1.4 billion over the next seven years toward fostering innovation in the oil and gas sector with the goal of reducing the carbon-emitting intensity of those industries while developing new ones. “In a word, this is about competitiveness,” Economic Development Minister Deron Bilous said Tuesday, as several senior members of the province’s NDP government announced the broad strokes of the complex plan… by Robson Fletcher.

Dec. 5, 2017 – An intense orange light frequently glows in Quebec’s Northern Lac Saint-Jean skies – a sign of industrial development. But unlike the forestry or aluminum development the region is used to, this time the glow is all about cucumbers… by Guillaume Roy.
Dec. 6, 2017 – In a matter of days a frightening situation at Pacific BioEnergy turned into a remarkable one with important lessons learned for pellet producers. This past August at the Prince George, B.C., facility a silo holding 3,500 tonnes of wood pellets began smouldering. The situation was critical. Up to this point efforts to put out fires in pellet silos have been unsuccessful in North America…. by Maria Church.

Ontario is supporting industries to reduce greenhouse gas pollution from their facilities or manufacturing processes through a new program from the Green Ontario Fund, a non-profit provincial agency funded by proceeds from the province’s carbon market. Chris Ballard, Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, was joined today by Reza Moridi, Minister of Research, Innovation and Science, and Parminder Sandhu, Green Ontario Fund board chair, to announce the launch of GreenON Industries and the successful applicants for TargetGHG, a similar industry-focused program… by Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change

General Motors of Canada is proposing to build a renewable energy project at its St. Catharines Propulsion Plant in Ontario, a first of its kind endeavour for the automaker which it estimates will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 77 per cent from the facility… by The Canadian Press.

Creating innovations in renewable energy has earned national recognition for a 24-year-old Calgarian. University of Alberta graduate Nabaa Alam was named an Everyday Political Citizen by civic engagement non-profit Samara Canada on Thursday… by Sarah Roger.