Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) officially launched the $74-million TargetGHG program Wednesday with a partnering forum in Mississauga featuring large industrial emitters and businesses whose creative technologies could help them reduce their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
Delivered in partnership with Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC), and Alberta’s Climate Change and Emissions Management Corporation (CCEMC), the forum drew more than 240 attendees looking to collaborate on ways to reduce the province’s carbon footprint as part of the Government of Ontario’s Climate Change Action Plan.
“Today’s partnering forum is a vital part of the conversation as we develop solutions that reduce greenhouse gas emissions for today – and for future generations,” said Tom Corr, President and CEO of OCE.
The forum included a detailed program overview, case studies involving successful carbon capture enterprises, networking sessions and lightning round, 90-second presentations.
“We know bright ideas can come from anywhere,” said Steve MacDonald, CEO of Alberta’s CCEMC. “Many of the solutions developed in Ontario can be demonstrated in Alberta.”
The TargetGHG program is part of the larger Ontario Green Investment Fund. In May 2015, Ontario became the first province to set a mid-term greenhouse gas reduction target of 37 per cent below 1990 levels by 2030.
“It couldn’t be a more exciting time,” said Leah Lawrence, President and CEO of SDTC. “Our challenge is large as we try to meet GHG reduction goals while building prosperity.”
“We have the expertise, the creativity, the resources and the drive to make the changes we need to make,” said Bettina Hamelin, Vice President, Research Partnerships, NSERC. “We want to make sure ideas can make it from the lab to the marketplace.”
One of the forum participants was Andrew White, founder and CEO of Mississauga-based CHAR Technologies, which removes sulfur gas from sources such as water treatment plants and biomass and turns it into a useful solid for use in agricultural fertilizer under the brand name SulfaCHAR.
“We’re in the [GHG emissions reduction] space, and we want to know if this is the place to deploy SulfaCHAR faster to the marketplace,” said White, whose company is a graduate of OCE’s Market Readiness program.
White says SulfaCHAR’s first production unit is set to come online in January.
For more information on the TargetGHG program, please visit TargetGHG.ca