Ottawa pledges $100 million to reduce oil and gas industry’s emissions

The federal government in Ottawa says it will provide $100 million from its strategic innovation fund over four years to accelerate the development and use of technologies to lower the oil and gas industry’s environmental impact.

Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada says the money will be provided to the Clean Resource Innovation Network, a 1,700-member consortium of companies, not-for-profit organizations, government departments and agencies, researchers, academic institutions and economic development agencies.

It says CRIN will aim to use the investment to support research projects to reduce the sector’s greenhouse gas emissions by 100 megatons by 2033, the equivalent of taking 1.5 million cars off the road.

CRIN is to call for project applications in seven areas for activities related to ecosystem growth, enhancement and long-term sustainability.

At least half of the funding is to go to small and medium-sized businesses.

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