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Integrated Gas Turbine Energy Solutions

Question:Which market-based approaches encourage adoption of clean technologies?
on 11/03/2016 1478197215
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The energy and environmental challenges involve several important aspects; problems of climate change and air pollution, the need for reliability and .... Read more

The energy and environmental challenges involve several important aspects; problems of climate change and air pollution, the need for reliability and resiliency from extreme weather events, regional energy security, plus system efficiency, diversity and affordability.  Can we put all these objectives together in national strategy for heat, power, efficiency and transportation ? 

Many future energy and innovation opportunities are linked around conservation, renewables and efficient hydrogen-based natural gas systems. They can work together as reliable and complementary partners - all of these systems can help solve most of those objectives at once.   

Gas turbine energy systems (powered by high pressure air) can use a flexible combination of fuels in a diverse range of applications to provide efficient and clean thermal energy and power output in all sectors.  Research, education, training, energy integration and policy clarity can lead to the continued potential for these cleaner and reliable distributed energy systems across Canada.  Comprehensive and innovative energy solutions can form linkages among natural gas, renewable energy production and bio-energy.

Manfred Klein, Ottawa

IAGT Committee  ( www.iagtcommittee.com  )

 

Credit: IAGT Industrial Gas Turbine Committee

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BlendingComposter

Question:Which market-based approaches encourage adoption of clean technologies?
on 10/28/2016 1477630853
A place to bring Compostable Items, which has an Industrial Blender, specifically to wear down the tougher bits (Egg Shells, Banana Stems, Big Seeds, .... Read more

A place to bring Compostable Items, which has an Industrial Blender, specifically to wear down the tougher bits (Egg Shells, Banana Stems, Big Seeds, etc).You can bring Your Items, and even leave with them Processed, for your own Plants.

Bottled up for later and chilled in a cold location, transported there by Electric Transport, fueled by another Facility of my Intention.

Less smell, less work, quicker results, quality?, emissions? - a few unknowns.

Credit: Shirley Blidook

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Pay tax or put it towards your new car or solar roof

Question:Which market-based approaches encourage adoption of clean technologies?
on 10/19/2016 1476912121
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I don't have all the details of how this would work but if there could be a system that helps the average person to be able to afford an electric car .... Read more

I don't have all the details of how this would work but if there could be a system that helps the average person to be able to afford an electric car or solar roof people would witch in no time and companies would innovate to meet demand.

 

My idea: Give people the choice to pay tax on gasoline and other things or put that credit toward an electric car or solar roof.

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Renovation and Retrofit

Question:Which market-based approaches encourage adoption of clean technologies?
on 10/19/2016 1476892474
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In residential construction, there are now more dollars spent each year on renovation than on new construction. When you consider that the 50% of Cana .... Read more

In residential construction, there are now more dollars spent each year on renovation than on new construction. When you consider that the 50% of Canada’s housing stock built before 1985 uses twice as much energy as the homes built since 1985, the most significant opportunity to encourage adoption of clean technologies (and in doing so, also address the Government’s climate change goals) in the residential sector is through renovation.

LEEP, for example, could be extended to renovation. The energy savings potential in renovation is much greater than in new construction, but the smaller enterprise size typical of the renovation sector, and the much greater variety of re‐construction issues and challenges to be faced, makes diffusion of new technology more difficult. LEEP offers an excellent and proven approach to addressing these barriers and accelerating market adoption of renovation innovations.

In a broader context, retrofitting existing buildings, infrastructure, and systems with clean technologies will widen their application and speed their adoption.

Credit: Canadian Home Builders' Association

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Local Energy Efficiency Partnerships Program

Question:Which market-based approaches encourage adoption of clean technologies?
on 10/19/2016 1476892420
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Significant progress has been accomplished through technology and systems innovation, voluntary, market-driven adoption of higher standards of perform .... Read more

Significant progress has been accomplished through technology and systems innovation, voluntary, market-driven adoption of higher standards of performance, and a uniquely Canadian research and development collaboration between the public and private sectors. This is achieved with a balance between fundamental research to support new innovations and the commercialization of ideas.

The government can best facilitate adoption by moving beyond simply support for demonstration projects onto work to address systemic barriers that stifle innovation, including market barriers and the lack of consumer literacy that inhibits wide spread adoption.

One of the toughest challenges in getting new technologies broadly adopted in the marketplace lies in moving the industry and the marketplace beyond that which is technically proven. It requires “de-risking” of innovations (including “working out the real kinks” in broader on-site applications) so that broader diffusion into industry and with consumers can take place.  Moving innovations from niche status to the mainstream is often referred to as “crossing the chasm”.

In residential construction, there is a modest but very successful program by the Government of Canada (in the Department of Natural Resources Canada) that has achieved excellent results in overcoming this challenge – the Local Energy Efficiency Partnerships (LEEP) Program.

LEEP is delivered on a regional basis, engaging a critical mass of builders who are capable of identifying and incorporating product innovations that are best suited for the region. Working together through the LEEP initiative, and supported by Government of Canada experts, builders use LEEP to reduce the time and risk involved in finding and applying innovations that result in better quality, high performance homes.  LEEP makes the innovation cycle faster, less risky and more affordable.  The information generated through LEEP projects is then shared with other builders in the region, accelerating market diffusion of the best proven technologies and innovations.

This approach to “crossing the chasm” has been very successful and has led to accelerated deployment of several important technologies - heating and cooling systems, insulation systems and more. Now is the time to resource LEEP properly and promote demand for clean technology by consumers.

Credit: Canadian Home Builders' Association

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Goods Transportation via Shareable, Intelligent, Automated, Electric Semi-Trucks

Question:Which market-based approaches encourage adoption of clean technologies?
on 10/06/2016 1475782216
A network of Transport Vehicles, that can drive themselves, run on Electricity, are available, for anyone, to rent/borrow/use, and can co-ordinate get .... Read more

A network of Transport Vehicles, that can drive themselves, run on Electricity, are available, for anyone, to rent/borrow/use, and can co-ordinate getting Goods from one place to another.With limitations on Batteries at the moment, these Vehicles rely on multiple Stations/Warehouses along their Routes, which can Swap Batteries, Charge the Vehicle, or setup another Vehicle to pick up the Load and continue on with it, towards its destination.Local Truckers can Drop-off or Pick-up Trailers from the Stations, and the Company they work for has Rented the Transport of the Trailers, via this Network, which is owned by Canada, to keep the Air Clean, and our Citizens Safe.

Companies can Plan Transportation of Trailers/Goods easily on the Website, by App, or by Phone, etc. They can Save Money by using this Service, and afford to Pay their Employees more, and contribute to the Income of Canada, which is passed onto Citizens in need, opportunities for Growth and Change, and extra surplus goes towards Healing the World.

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New certification and identity for Canadá products, things that you buy once and never again

Question:Which market-based approaches encourage adoption of clean technologies?
on 10/05/2016 1475707688
Canada might be the first country  in regulating and promoting the ended programmed obsolescence.Planned obsolescence is a business strategy in whic .... Read more

Canada might be the first country  in regulating and promoting the ended programmed obsolescence.Planned obsolescence is a business strategy in which the obsolescence (the process of becoming obsolete—that is, unfashionable or no longer usable) of a product is planned and built into it from its conception. This is done so that in future the consumer feels a need to purchase new products and services that the manufacturer brings out as replacements for the old ones. Canada can develop a certification of its products that are done to last the  maximum possible, that they can be repaired and that count with supply, and to last for the whole life. The crisis of climate change and the quantity of garbage need a drastic change that Canada can lead: articles to last, with classic designs, which are repaired and are recycable. Things to take care of the planet, which you buy once and never again.

Credit: pilarvalenzu@gmail.com

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Minimize paper tax returns by seniors

Question:Which market-based approaches encourage adoption of clean technologies?
on 10/04/2016 1475608427
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When working as Order of Attachments clerk, I've noticed a lot of paper returns are being sent by retired people who only send 1 or 2 T forms and m .... Read more

When working as Order of Attachments clerk, I've noticed a lot of paper returns are being sent by retired people who only send 1 or 2 T forms and maybe have some charitable deductions and medical receipts. Why not have some help for them to submit their returns online? There could be a very easy CRA web interface for seniors and there should be a lot more push for paperless returns from CRA. The seniors like to staple, tape or glue their T forms separately and it takes a lot of time to detach all forms and put them in a correct order by the clerks. There are also incorrect instructions on T4A OAS form on attaching a copy to each federal and provincial return. A lot of paper would be saved by making it easier for seniors to do their returns online and a lot of clerk man-hours spent could be eliminated.

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Capitalizing on waste heat - money going up in thin air

Question:Which market-based approaches encourage adoption of clean technologies?
on 10/03/2016 1475530037
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Due to the lack of policy incentives and regulation drivers clear and easy winners such as CHP and DE often do not manifest. The amount of waste energ .... Read more

Due to the lack of policy incentives and regulation drivers clear and easy winners such as CHP and DE often do not manifest. The amount of waste energy (heating and cooling) that is released to atmosphere from industry, utilities and the buildings sector is significant. These are major efficiency projects.  Often there is no drivers to require people to come to the table and-or the product of waste heat is not monetized. I saw a recent presentation where in Sweden they have new businesses that broker waste heat as a renewable fuel commodity. Some of the other challenges is the lack of provincial-municipal policy integration thus treating sectors sources totally separate with policy frameworks that are not supportive of integration. The business case is there - spin-offs for growth (waste heat brokers, DE and CHP with a domestic fuel analysis and potential, facilitators, construction, equipment ...)

Credit: This idea is not new it is referenced and practiced in Sweden, many european countries, USEPA ...

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Supporting Innovation and Deployment in the Canadian Natural Gas transportation Sector

Question:Which market-based approaches encourage adoption of clean technologies?
on 09/30/2016 1475263551
Canada has been a leader in natural gas vehicle technologies for more than three decades.  Today’s medium and heavy duty natural gas engine and .... Read more

Canada has been a leader in natural gas vehicle technologies for more than three decades.  Today’s medium and heavy duty natural gas engine and fuel tank technologies made by Westport, Luxfer and Agility, were developed and designed in Canada, and are sold around the world.  Similarly, Canadian compression and gas polishing equipment made by Clean Energy Compression, Kraus and Xebec support refueling stations here in Canada and abroad.  As an innovative clean technology, Canada’s natural gas vehicle sector is already supporting Canadians, and has the potential to have a much greater positive impact.

Credit: Canadian Natural Gas Vehicle Alliance

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Creation and development of an energy educational program

Question:Which market-based approaches encourage adoption of clean technologies?
on 09/23/2016 1474671240
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The creation and development of an energy educational program is vital for the well-being of new generations and energy professionals. Canada is curr .... Read more

The creation and development of an energy educational program is vital for the well-being of new generations and energy professionals. Canada is currently going through an economic revitalisation and transitioning to an innovative, productive, and low-carbon energy secure economy.

We have created and developed the DMF Energy Security and Climate Change Leadership Program to enhance and support the professionalism, skill and the leadership capacity of trades, consulting aspiring construction and energy sector professionals. Our program prepares participants to be domestic and international business leaders in emerging clean technology fields. Our course offering prepare learners with immediate in-demand technical and soft skills training focused on clean technology commercialization and business leadership development. 

Program Learning Outcomes for Participants:

  • To learn about domestic and international energy security, climate change, business development, and leadership. 
  • To learn how to produce properly formatted business documents, gain a deeper understanding of domestic and international markets, sales strategies and develop skills to be leaders of those working in the field and office.

Program Final Exit Point: Canadian Energy Security & Climate Change Leadership Certificate of Achievement.  

Credit: DMF Energy Inc., Canada

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Use Incentives to Accelerate the adoption of Mining Clean Technologies

Question:Which market-based approaches encourage adoption of clean technologies?
on 09/23/2016 1474660860
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Most clean-tech technologies that will have a huge impact on mining are in the developmental phases and require investments to accelerate their adopti .... Read more

Most clean-tech technologies that will have a huge impact on mining are in the developmental phases and require investments to accelerate their adoption by mining companies.

  1. A market-based approach to the adoption of mining innovation requires some regulatory reform – current regulations on create a barrier to innovation is they are not update to take into consideration the impact of new innovations.
  2. Create incentives for development and adoption of new clean technologies within the companies that manage mine tailings and waste for mining companies. E.g: methods to restore land to its natural use with no further future remediation requirements.
  3. Government investment in the supply and service companies that are developing clean technologies for application to the mining industry.
Credit: Centre for Excellence In Mining Innovation, CEMI

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What technologies can we develop to end global warming?

Question:Which market-based approaches encourage adoption of clean technologies?
on 09/23/2016 1474601539
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I invented a new method pf transport that can help with global warming and many other aspects. We need to get bombardier to develop this train of the .... Read more

I invented a new method pf transport that can help with global warming and many other aspects. We need to get bombardier to develop this train of the futur: 1-Imagine we come up witu a cheap, strong and easy to mold polymee and with it we build a veru long tunnel that is not underground but simply on the ground. 2-This tunnel is completely sealed. 3-we remove all the air in it to obtain a vacuum. 4- we put magnetic levitation rails in it from one end to the other. 5. We insert in it a magnetic levitiation train that fits perfectly in it and its engine is electric and supraconducting 6. Result: The train of the futur. We have completely eliminated all source of friction hence all energy we govie will be used to move forward and it could ideally go on forever. The most awesome part is we can accelerate the train at amazing speeds (10% of the speed of light) Why can we do this? We just created space on earth. We could ship cargo from the west coast to the east coeast in minutes. Thay is the futur. One day we will have these tinnels all around the world and crossing the oveans. You will be able to meet someone on the internet in china and be there 1 hour later. It would reduce our dependense on fossil fuel drastically. We could be a model for the world. Can we just build one between montreal and ottawa for now. We can even ise this principle in a circular tunnel and acceleraye payload so fast that we can launch it in space and that solves the issue with building spaceship. Forget fuels rockets and wscaping gravity. We build the ship in space. We slingshotmany many smal payload from earth to space station ( using electricity) and nuild there. We decoupled the gravitty escape mechamism from the vessel itself amd its clean. X prizes are a joke. It kind like a super collider without the colliding. We have the academic infrastructure but our intellectual's is currently wasted once in the workplace.

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Energy

Question:Which market-based approaches encourage adoption of clean technologies?
on 09/21/2016 1474478400
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In terms of high energy costs in Northern Communities-we need to retrofit communities with solar panels, perhaps have a pilot project on solar energy? .... Read more

In terms of high energy costs in Northern Communities-we need to retrofit communities with solar panels, perhaps have a pilot project on solar energy? The technology exists but we need to put it together and work for Indigenous Communities, creating job opportunities for residents.

 

Credit: Indigenous innovation roundtable hosted by MP Don Rusnak

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Clean water

Question:Which market-based approaches encourage adoption of clean technologies?
on 09/21/2016 1474471728
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Indigenous people look at water as life-they need to be involved in the research for water pollution cleaning methods. There are many non-indigenous a .... Read more

Indigenous people look at water as life-they need to be involved in the research for water pollution cleaning methods. There are many non-indigenous approaches to clean water solutions but involving traditional methods will bring communities together and provide employment opportunities within reserves.

 

Credit: Indigenous Roundtable hosted by MP Don Rusnak

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Support commercialization of advanced wood products, bioproducts, and clean technology with investment

Question:Which market-based approaches encourage adoption of clean technologies?
on 09/08/2016 1473362360
The federal and, to varying degrees, provincial governments have played a critical role in helping to de-risk the commercialization of new, clean tech .... Read more

The federal and, to varying degrees, provincial governments have played a critical role in helping to de-risk the commercialization of new, clean technologies, which enable the manufacturing of new bioproducts and advanced wood products. The most substantial support has been at the federal level through the Investments in Forest Industry Transformation (IFIT) program.

The program objective has been to support forest industry transformation by accelerating the deployment of highly innovative, first-in-kind technologies at Canadian forest industry facilities. According to the government’s own program evaluation, 57 per cent of funded projects were “world firsts.” This is significant given the fact that the program only required “Canada firsts.” In addition, new innovations under this program generated $66 million of revenue per year while at the same time reducing 60,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions.

The IFIT program is set to expire in 2018, but should be renewed because of its success. We know that for every dollar invested by IFIT, $2.60 is generated. Moreover, the number of innovators who want to access the program goes far beyond the initial $100 million investment. Doubling investment in IFIT means more innovative companies working with partners such as FPInnovations will be able to commercialize technology our sector relies on to foster transformation.

Continuing to take risk out of the commercialization of clean technology is critical for a more prosperous sector, and the economic well-being of the communities it supports.

Credit: Forest Products Association of Canada

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Partner with private sector to research and scale up clean technologies

Question:Which market-based approaches encourage adoption of clean technologies?
on 09/07/2016 1473269672
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Today, UPS has nearly 7,000 alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles on the road globally, and approximately 1,000 in Canada. As a player in .... Read more

Today, UPS has nearly 7,000 alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles on the road globally, and approximately 1,000 in Canada. As a player in the transportation sector, our company has come to understand two things: first, as a sector, transportation is one of the highest contributors to greenhouse gases in Canada and around the world. Secondly, that we have a choice - change now and be part of the change, or remain passive and let new regulations dictate the change for us. Globally, we have tried to turn this challenge into an opportunity. We have had the most success when we have managed to partner with government and third party innovators.

Financial incentives from the federal government to help the transportation sector invest in new technologies and transition its fleet to more sustainable fuels would have a significant impact on the adoption of clean technologies. Specific policies could include federal tax credits and/or tax exemptions on natural gas and propane vehicles, federal grants, and/or purchase vouchers.

In addition, the federal government could consider partnering with private sector companies and innovators to develop and test new technologies. UPS has taken advantage of such partnerships in the United States through the Department of Energy (DOE) Smart Grid R&D Program, Electric Delivery and Energy Reliability Office. UPS was able to obtain technical assistance from the DOE to investigate the use of available landfill gas in at our WorldPort and Centennial Hub facilities in Louisville, Kentucky, to generate our own low-carbon electrical supply to supplement power from the local grid. The avenue for assistance was DOE’s interest in micro-grids to integrate various sources of electricity for large industrial facilities.  In 2015, UPS obtained free technical assistance from a DOE National Lab to study the potential for a micro-grid project to help integrate the power generated from renewable natural gas (landfill gas) and other sources at WorldPort. UPS then teamed with two DOE national labs and won a $1 million grant in 2016, for further evaluation of the renewable fuel project at WorldPort.  UPS will soon decide whether to proceed with the landfill project and to build a micro-grid to support it. 

Credit: UPS Canada

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Agricultural Institute of Canada

Question:Which market-based approaches encourage adoption of clean technologies?
on 09/06/2016 1473190644
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A market-based approach that drives productivity growth and strives for improved efficiencies to attain a more sustainable competitive advantage at th .... Read more

A market-based approach that drives productivity growth and strives for improved efficiencies to attain a more sustainable competitive advantage at the national and international level can encourage the development and adoption of clean technologies.

Climate change and other major environmental issues introduce major uncertainties into the planet’s current and future capacity to produce food, feed, fibre, and fuel for the ever-growing population. The agricultural sector is particularly vulnerable to climate change and will need to adapt to changing patterns of precipitation, temperature and extreme weather events.

As the source of approximately 10-12 percent of the world’s total anthropogenic greenhouse gases (GHG), agriculture is a sector that can actively contribute to climate change mitigation efforts. Canada’s ability to meet climate change challenges depends on unique core investments in R&D and knowledge and technology transfer in the agricultural sector. Innovation policy will therefore play a crucial role in enhancing Canadas’s ability to adapt to climate change, while also contribution to other environmental goals.

Cutting-edge agricultural R&D and increased sustainable production practices may also ensure Canada maintains its place as a world leading exporter of agri-food products. Continuous technological progress in agriculture is thus a key driver of productivity growth.

Credit: Agricultural Institute of Canada

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Diversify and Manage Power with Policy Coherence

Question:Which market-based approaches encourage adoption of clean technologies?
on 09/01/2016 1472701446
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Globally expert panels and reviews have advised their government leaders to diversify their energy portfolio for meeting clean energy targets and for .... Read more

Globally expert panels and reviews have advised their government leaders to diversify their energy portfolio for meeting clean energy targets and for national energy security.   Electricity is the only energy form that can support modern society requirements in telecommunications; transportation; manufacturing; heating, ventilation and air conditioning; health technologies; and defense.  If society moves towards an electricity-based energy-infrastructure, then government can manage diversification and energy security by managing electrical generation to include various forms for base load and peak demand as needed and according to available natural resources.

To achieve this goal, improvements in efficiency and power-delivery is required to fully meet the needs of some of these sectors.  For example, electric vehicles currently entering the marketplace are predominantly for the consumer market and not heavy equipment.  Another example is the cost per heating unit encourages the use of fossil fuels and natural gas for heating instead of electricity.  Research targeting these improvements could be initiated by targeted government funds available to all R&D organizations.

Another impediment is conflicting government policies.  For example, programs are proposed to promote purchasing electric vehicles, but the cost of electricity is increasing rapidly (especially in Ontario).  Similarly, education belt-tightening leads to reduced funding for bus transportation resulting in more cars making individual trips to the school—this is contrary to goals of reducing fossil fuel emissions.  While energy and education are provincial jurisdiction, the federal government could provide direction, incentives and oversight to help ensure Canada meets national and international commitments.

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Let’s harness Canada’s energy expertise to lead the world in next generation synthetic fuels.

Question:Which market-based approaches encourage adoption of clean technologies?
on 08/31/2016 1472680609
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A multitude of bright ideas – spanning economic policies, energy efficiency, new technologies, and more – will all be needed to help Canad .... Read more

A multitude of bright ideas – spanning economic policies, energy efficiency, new technologies, and more – will all be needed to help Canada tackle the challenge of reducing GHG emissions and ensuring competitiveness in a low-carbon future. But with challenge comes opportunity. If we can lead and develop low-carbon businesses and technologies ahead of the curve, we’ll get the benefit of growing clean industries at home, and also that of exporting our products and know-how as other countries tackle the same issue.

As Canada takes stock of the options at our disposal, we wish to highlight what we’re doing at Carbon Engineering. We’re a home-grown Canadian company, and we’ve been developing technology to absorb industrial-scale quantities of CO2 from atmospheric air since 2009. We’ve received a lot of recognition for our work such as becoming a finalist in the $25M Virgin Earth Challenge, and we think our “direct air capture” technology has a lot to offer in the task of reducing GHG’s.

At its simplest, direct air capture may one day be used to remove CO2 from the atmosphere, and permanently store it underground, in order to compensate for emissions that are too costly or challenging to stop at source. But perhaps more importantly in the near term, direct air capture can enable a concept we call “air to fuels”.

“Air to fuels” uses renewable electricity to split water into oxygen and hydrogen, and then react the hydrogen with CO2 captured from air, to form gasoline, diesel, or other types of common liquid transportation fuels. It has long been technically possible to synthesize fuels in this way, but until now the approach has been too expensive to compete with fuels produced from crude oil.

With our advancements in direct air capture, the rapid cost reductions in renewable electricity and hydrogen production in recent years, and the growing need to reduce usage of fossil fuels, the time is now right to invest in “air to fuels”. Fuels synthesized from atmospheric CO2, water, and electricity can be fully compatible with current infrastructure and engines, don’t have the land use and food security issues associated with bio-fuels, and can be net carbon-neutral on a life-cycle basis. Our engineering and analysis suggests that we could be producing high volumes of synthetic fuels with the “air to fuels” approach for costs at or below $1.00 /litre.

Building air to fuels facilities in Canada could supply clean low-carbon fuels to our transportation sector, and could help displace emissions created by production and consumption of fossil fuels. Further, air to fuels can be scaled-up around the globe to help other countries do the same. We think that Canada has several advantages to act and take the lead on this technology, by harnessing world class capabilities in manufacturing, finance, construction, and energy.

We’re now at a point in our trajectory where we have demonstrated our air capture technology with a pilot plant in Squamish, B.C. and are in process of demonstrating full “air to fuels” at the same site. We’re beginning work on a first commercial plant that would prove out the “air to fuels” concept and technology in a commercial setting, but we need support for these efforts, and we need continued policy evolution to help “air to fuels” gain traction and compete against fossil fuels economy-wide.

On a longer term basis, systems like a Low Carbon Fuel Standard, or performance based rules that favour fuels with low life-cycle carbon intensity and low land use footprint are key to making sure that low-carbon advanced fuels (including those produced by “air to fuels”) take hold and deploy in Canada. By leading deployment of advanced fuels that are cleaner burning and have lower life-cycle GHG emissions, Canada can meet its own climate change targets, and can profitably export technology around the world to help other countries do the same. We hope that our direct air capture technology, and the “air to fuels concept” it enables, can add to Canada’s options to cut emissions and build a prosperous 21st century low-carbon economy.

For more information, please visit our website at www.carbonengineering.com or contact us by email.

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Fossil fuel free power

Question:Which market-based approaches encourage adoption of clean technologies?
on 08/29/2016 1472480028
All new facilities should minimize or eliminate fossil fuel use including transportation.  These should be the companies getting the loans.  Convent .... Read more

All new facilities should minimize or eliminate fossil fuel use including transportation.  These should be the companies getting the loans.  Conventional building has to be altered to avoid synthetic materials that cannot be recycled.  Natural products, hemp, and bamboo should be utilized more as these are rapid growth, renewal natural plants that can be grown locally.  All building should eliminate long transport, and use recyclable natural materials as much as possible.  Live one with the earth.

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We need your help We are attempting to identify a voice & champion for Federal Policy on Innovation . The current policy that has very limited focus or priority on real innovation opportunities. We need to focus on food processing , the largest mar

Question:Which market-based approaches encourage adoption of clean technologies?
on 08/21/2016 1471785163
ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY FOR FOOD MANUFACTURING TECHNOLOGY TRANSITION TO FOOD   INNOVATIVE -GAME CHANGING-TRANSFORMATIONAL INITIATIVE .... Read more

ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY FOR FOOD MANUFACTURING

TECHNOLOGY TRANSITION TO FOOD

 

INNOVATIVE -GAME CHANGING-TRANSFORMATIONAL INITIATIVE

Credit: TED MCKECHNIE...DOUG CHA;PMAN..BOB KALFLEISCH

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Provide applied research funding programs that supports commercialization of clean technologies that can be applied in existing industries.

Question:Which market-based approaches encourage adoption of clean technologies?
on 08/18/2016 1471540950
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Many industries are looking to implement new technologies to make their businesses more efficient. Industry needs help to determine what type of techn .... Read more

Many industries are looking to implement new technologies to make their businesses more efficient. Industry needs help to determine what type of technology they should implement – polytechnics are ideally positioned with the expertise to provide the applied research they need to support sustainability growth and diversification of existing industries.

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Mandate that product/service information be reported using a circular economy approach

Question:Which market-based approaches encourage adoption of clean technologies?
on 08/18/2016 1471526294
In my present job I see a number of issues that encourage the support of unsafe labour practices, quality control issues and a disregard for the envir .... Read more

In my present job I see a number of issues that encourage the support of unsafe labour practices, quality control issues and a disregard for the environment. The globalization of our economy has encouraged large corporations to put considerable pressure on manufacturers - particularly in developing countries - to produce goods for ever lower prices - this encourages:

- use of child and forced labour

- unsafe work environments

- purchase of goods from countries with little or no environmental regulations or labour laws

- quality control issues (the raw materials used to make the goods often have little to no quality control and would not meet safety requirements and have on occasion been found to contain banned substances)

- the shipment of goods over long distances contributing to global warming, etc.

When new agreements are being proposed - particularly involving food and pharmaceuticals - it becomes even more concerning. There are little to no controls or checks and balances for either of these industries and no control over the quality from other countries. 

By empowering the consumer with information related directly to the product, it will help encourage a more responsible approach from industry. Transparency is the key to a change in behaviour. If industry was forced to publicly report from a circular economy prospective - and have it independently verified by a neutral third party - from the source materials to the end-of-life of the product the true cost would be evident to the consumer. It would give Canadian manufacturers and edge and encourage new industry in Canada.  Ultimately it would also encourage big players to change their behaviour. The reason we are seeing more sustainable practices and products is because of demand. If people had the entire picture this would encourage even more responsible practices. 

The industry as a cost of doing business should be required to have third party verification of their practices (from source materials to end of life) and the report would be uploaded to a secure database accessible by both the organization and the regulator at the same time. The independent assessor would be responsible for accurately reporting the results. This would allow the regulator to focus on non-compliance and better use limited resources. The product or service would have a label that explained their score and the environmental impact of the product/service to the consumer. Empower regulators with the appropriate power to take action when industry is non-compliant. 

Since no one else will say it - I will: people should be very concerned about agri-business and pharma. There is very little quality control and the organizations are not effective at self-governance. We should not support the use of practices and substances being used in other countries that are banned here. Requiring labelling that provides a full picture of where and how that product/service made it to the market and its overall impact would be a start.

There should also be concern over the prevalence of counterfeit goods making their way into the market - particularly online. Counterfeit goods cover everything from your clothing to electronics and car parts. It is a huge quality control and safety issue. We are very ineffective at combatting it. 

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Enforcing Pollution Laws

Question:Which market-based approaches encourage adoption of clean technologies?
on 08/15/2016 1471279428
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Enforcing existing pollution laws in order to make people and businesses deal with their pollution. - Jim

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A way to promote CO2-emission free fuels for transportation

Question:Which market-based approaches encourage adoption of clean technologies?
on 08/09/2016 1470762252
Liquid ammonia, also called anhydrous ammonia, was used as the fuel for buses in Belgium during WWII because all available gasoline was used up by the .... Read more

Liquid ammonia, also called anhydrous ammonia, was used as the fuel for buses in Belgium during WWII because all available gasoline was used up by the German military. Today, ammonia (NH3) is one and only readily available solution if we wish to drastically reduce CO2 emissions from transportation sector by moving away from hydrocarbon fuels.

A number of well-documented research projects, some carried out in Canada, have demonstrated that a modern car engine can be modified to run on ammonia fuel. Burning ammonia produces no CO2. In that respect, ammonia fuel is similar to hydrogen but with one major advantage – the on-board storage problem is greatly resolved in the case of ammonia which means an ammonia-powered car can have a range similar to a standard gasoline fueled car.

The traditional process of synthesizing ammonia emits large amount of CO2. Therefore using traditionally produced ammonia as car fuel would simply move the emission from tail pipe to the ammonia factory. CO2-free synthesis processes do exist but the ammonia thus produced is significantly more expensive. The challenge in switching to ammonia fuel today is economics, not technical.

Governments can make CO2-free ammonia competitive in price to gasoline and diesel in two ways. The first is to impose carbon tax on the hydrocarbon fuels. This option is not fully supported by the oil and gas industry, or by the provinces whose economy relies heavily on oil and gas. The second is to allow commercial production and sale of synthetic fuels tax free provided the whole synthesis process is truly CO2 emission free or CO2-neutral. This option is perhaps more palatable to all parties concerned. For governments, tax exemption will not cause loss of revenue since no one is currently selling CO2-free fuels. It will be acceptable to oil and gas industry as well since it does not push up the price of their product.

Another attractive feature of CO2-free ammonia is that the raw materials needed are water and air, and the whole cycle is self-contained: the oxygen need for combustion is deposited in the air in advance (i.e. during the synthesis), nitrogen taken from air is returned to air, and exactly the same amount of water used is reformed by combustion. The only net effect is the transfer of energy, usually in the form of electricity originally, to the car. This feature allows production of ammonia to take place almost anywhere in Canada including oil producing provinces. It is conceivable that oil and gas industry will slowly scale down the production of hydrocarbon fuels and ramp up the production of ammonia. Even if transitioning to CO2-free fuels were to begin immediately, the process will take many years. This means the investment already made by the industry in machinery and refineries will not be wasted. These facilities will be used till the end of their natural service life. We also note that production of oil will never be completely eliminated. After all, oil is a non-replaceable raw material for chemical industry (plastics, for example) and will continue to be needed.

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encouraging use of electricity rather than fossil fuels

Question:Which market-based approaches encourage adoption of clean technologies?
on 08/04/2016 1470320864
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There are many gas powered devices that could easily be replaced with electric models, example lawn mowers, snowblowers,  chainsaws, etc..A governme .... Read more

There are many gas powered devices that could easily be replaced with electric models,

example lawn mowers, snowblowers,  chainsaws, etc..A government incentive like no taxes

or rebates would encourage people to go electric. These incentives would be far easier and

acceptable than electric cars, which require enormous expensive adaptations.

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Encourage more plant-based agriculture and markets for organic plant-based foods

Question:Which market-based approaches encourage adoption of clean technologies?
on 07/27/2016 1469648357
Growing foodstuffs, especially organic, is much healthier for the environment. Animal agriculture, on the other hand uses vast amount of resources inc .... Read more

Growing foodstuffs, especially organic, is much healthier for the environment. Animal agriculture, on the other hand uses vast amount of resources including water, and land. It also contributes to deforestation since trees must be cleared to make way for more animal grazing. By comparison, plants require much less space and can feed, a comparatively larger number of people, without the toxic waste when chemicals are not employed.

The government should offer grants to encourage this type of farming, and promote farm to table companies which buy and market these products, either directly to the public or to local stores. Also, governments should be promoting and advertising the benefits of plant agriculture to the environment as well as to health (and even humane reasons).

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May as well go for Carbon Tax. Develop Opportunities for Municipalities

Question:Which market-based approaches encourage adoption of clean technologies?
on 07/23/2016 1469302714
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We already know the carbon taxes (preferred) and emissions trading. Ok so this question is referring to our opinions one these kinds of options http:/ .... Read more

We already know the carbon taxes (preferred) and emissions trading. Ok so this question is referring to our opinions one these kinds of options http://www.c2es.org/publications/market-mechanisms-understanding-options

The government is currently negotiating with the provinces on the Carbon Tax, hopefully Saskatchewan comes around.

At first glance I would say try a few programs costs permitting, otherwise lean more toward the easier proven approaches (carbon tax) where there is less chance of manipulation or confusion. We know BC has has some success.

There are still obscene amount of losses in the distribution grids, and energy in industrial processes, and management of waste sectors, should be addressed more than they are.

We should definitely put a stop to these plans to buy US natural gas, (and worse, from fracking sources) http://members.questline.com/article.aspx?articleid=29245&accountid=1863&nl=16139 , and instead buy cleaner Canadian natural gas. 

Charging people per volume of energy used but increasing the cost after a certain level although I am not sure how effective that is.

I would add that the Federation of Canadian Municipalities is in a good position to be able to contribute to the cause of municipalities adopting, sustainable practices, decentralized renewables or co-generation technologies, net-zero-emissions buildings, district heating/cooling. Some sort of plan where FCM could co-develop with researchers and companies some more innovative pilot projects possibly. The point is there are big opportunities for change at the community or municipal level, and this organization already has sustainable and green initiatives underway, let's help bring this to the next level, and whatever we invent and implement successfully by Canadian companies in Canadian municipalities, we should export and sell the technologies internationally.

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Improve Incentive Programs

Question:Which market-based approaches encourage adoption of clean technologies?
on 07/23/2016 1469285446
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Problem: When subsidies and incentive programs are too broadly-based they can work against the goal by "locking in" inefficient equipment or subsidizi .... Read more

Problem: When subsidies and incentive programs are too broadly-based they can work against the goal by "locking in" inefficient equipment or subsidizing product purchases that would be made even if subsidies were not available e.g. LED lamps.

Incentives should be applied to advanced technologies only, that can provide true efficiency improvements, even if they have limited market share.

As it stands, incentives paid in certain provinces (e.g. Ontario) for variable speed drives attach no requirement to factory test the integrated solution and overall variable speed system to determine or confirm the energy savings impact. Additionally, there is no required monitoring of the equipment to ensure the savings are maintained over time to existing energy codes or practice. This lack of rigour and reliance on single component specification sheets from manufacturers is “locking in” inefficient equipment and actually paying building owners to do this. Meanwhile, the building owners believe that this solution must be optimal because the government has blessed it with a subsidy.

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