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Alberta’s Clean Technology sector (Cleantech) offers untapped investment opportunities for growth and earning.

Alberta’s Clean Technology sector (Cleantech) offers untapped investment opportunities for growth and earning potential across a number of sectors, from agriculture to software, as the province transitions to a cleaner economy. Progressive policies and strategies such as the Alberta’s Climate Leadership Plan, the Alberta Jobs Plan and the Climate Change Innovation and Technology Framework create niche investment opportunities in Alberta.

Alberta, where clean technology thrives

A Thriving Green Technology Economy

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  • Alberta’s carbon levy is expected to raise $5.4 billion for a variety of climate-related initiatives, spurring the demand for new cleantech products and services over the next three years.
  • Huge business potential from deployment of clean technologies in Alberta’s oil & gas industry.
  • Average annual growth rate of expanding cleantech companies is 5.6%.1
  • 85% of cleantech companies report they will reach the next goal for their business or technology within the next two years.2

[1][2]Source: Clean Tech National Survey 2017, Cleantech Canada, Annex Business Media

Government committed to a Green Technology Future

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  • The Government of Alberta’s climate change legislation commits to phase out emissions from coal-fired power plants by 2030 while introducing a carbon levy, which took effect on January 1, 2017.
  • Commitments also include, increasing renewable energy capacity, reducing methane emissions and capping oil sands emissions.
  • As of April 2018, Alberta will invest $5.3 billion to support a diversified, lower carbon economy over the next three years.
  • The Canadian Government has also pledged $7.4 billion over the next five years to support cleantech growth across the country.
  • 68% of Alberta Cleantech companies say that legislation, regulation or government policy changes related to climate change has increased interest in their technology or demand for their products.3

[3]Source: Clean Tech National Survey 2017, Cleantech Canada, Annex Business Media

Suite of funded programs to help you succeed

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  • The Climate Change Innovation and Technology Framework is a strategic initiative of the Government of Alberta as part of its Climate Leadership Plan.
  • Alberta Economic Development and Trade, Emissions Reductions Alberta and Alberta Innovates are working together to deliver a suite of funded programs that support clean technology research, innovation and commercialization over the next three years:
    • Clean Technology Development program
    • Clean Technology Networks and Emerging Partnerships program
    • Clean Technology Commercialization program
    • Clean Technology Business Innovation program
    • Clean Technology Facilities Support program
    • Clean Technology Large-scale Demonstration and Innovative Deployment program

Market Access

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  • Alberta is already developing cleantech solutions that are manufactured and deployed locally - and sold to the world.
  • Alberta’s cleantech businesses benefit from a strong telecommunications network, strong transportation links and proximity to the U.S., as well as easy access to the Pacific Rim and Europe.
  • 35% of commercialized clean-tech companies in Alberta are already exporting products and services globally and are looking for opportunities to expand.4

[4]Source: Clean Tech National Survey 2017, Cleantech Canada, Annex Business Media

Industry Opportunities

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Low carbon electricity system 

Renewable and alternative energy, Advanced grid operations, Cleaner use of fossil fuels

energy efficiency

Energy efficiency 

Industrial digital solutions, Energy-efficient industry, Advanced Materials

cleaner oil and gas development

Cleaner oil and gas development

Clean hydrocarbon production, Carbon management and utilization, Methane reduction

green products and services

Green products and services 

Green building, Climate adapted infrastructure, Advanced materials and chemicals

sustainable waste management 

Sustainable waste management 

Advanced waste processing, Energy recovery, Value-added utilization

sustainable mobility

Sustainable mobility 

Advanced low carbon fuels, Smart transportation, Intelligent infrastructure, Advanced materials

holistic water management

Holistic water management 

Industrial process and treatment, Water systems and infrastructure, Wastewater treatment

Research and Development

Alberta research and development institutes innovating within the CleanTech industry

Carbon Capture and Conversion Institute (CCCI) - http://www.cmcghg.com/business-units/ccci/
CCCI accelerates the development, piloting, scale-up and validation of new carbon capture and conversion technologies.

Institute for Oil Sands Innovation (IOSI) at the UofA - http://www.iosi.ualberta.ca/en/About.aspx
IOSI combines several innovative approaches to improve oil sands operations with a reduced environmental footprint by minimizing water use, consuming less energy, lowering greenhouse gas and other emissions, yielding high quality products at lower [Read More]

C-FER Technologies - https://www.cfertech.com/joint-industry-projects
C-FER Technologies works with oil and gas industry and client subject matter experts to develop solutions to unique engineering problems in upstream drilling and production operations as well as midstream and downstream pipeline operations.

InnoTech Alberta - https://innotechalberta.ca/
InnoTech Alberta offers a diversified range of scientific, engineering and technological research and testing capabilities, facilities to support technology scale-up, and expert advice to accelerate technology development and application.

Kinetica Innovation Centre (KICS) - http://www.sait.ca/applied-research-and-innovation-services/our-facilities/kinetica-innovation-centre
The KICS Prototyping Lab at SAIT is a facility and program that helps Alberta innovators and researchers design, prototype and test their proprietary technologies.

Enerplus Centre for Innovation - http://www.sait.ca/applied-research-and-innovation-services/our-facilities/enerplus-centre-for-innovation
The Enerplus Centre is Applied Research and Innovation Services' main industrial-scale prototype fabrication and testing space. The facility supports the development, fabrication, testing and commercialization of innovative technology solutions.

NanoCARTS at NAIT - http://www.nait.ca/44779_91371.htm
Hub for Alberta’s nanotechnology industry, assisting in prototyping and product-development (tech development and demo facilities).

Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute - www.amii.ca
Amii employs machine learning and artificial intelligence together. Amii collaborates with organizations from across Alberta and beyond to help develop innovative machine intelligence solutions for the toughest business problems.

Business Support Programs

The Climate Change Innovation and Technology Framework is a strategic initiative of the Government of Alberta as part of its Climate Leadership Plan.  Alberta Economic Development and Trade, Emissions Reductions Alberta and Alberta Innovates are working together to deliver a suite of funded programs that support clean technology research, innovation and commercialization over the next three years.

 

Alberta Innovates Clean Technology Programs - https://albertainnovates.ca/funding-clean-technology/climate-change-innovation-and-technology-framework-ccitf/
$145M has been invested by the Government of Alberta on Cleantech research and innovation that will reduce GHG emissions and help transition Alberta to a lower carbon economy.

Alberta's Energy Innovation Fund - https://www.alberta.ca/energy-innovation-fund.aspx
The Government of Alberta’s provides funding for innovative projects relating to oil sands, industrial energy efficiency, bioenergy, and more.

Emission Reduction Alberta (ERA) Funding Programs - https://www.eralberta.ca/apply-for-funding/
Funding is available for research and development relating to oil sands innovation, industrial efficiency, and biotechnology, electricity and sustainable transportation.

Canada's Oil Sands Innovation Alliance (COSIA) Challenges - https://www.cosia.ca/challenges
COSIA is hosting multi-million dollar challenges related to research and development relating to their environmental priority areas: greenhouse gases, land, tailings, water, and monitoring.

Related Publications

Publications relating to the Albertan Cleantech Industry

Climate Change Innovation & Technology Framework (CCITF) - https://open.alberta.ca/dataset/59ff9a2e-da93-4f8e-8c91-e8610ad4c1d2/resource/222449d1-60d9-49d6-a47c-4086c350ea25/download/Climate-Change-Innovation-and-Technology-Framework-2017.pdf
The CCITF will guide Alberta innovation investments that support the transition to a lower-carbon economy.

Alberta Research and Innovation Framework (ARIF) - https://www.alberta.ca/alberta-research-innovation-framework.aspx
The Alberta Research and Innovation Framework (ARIF) provides clear direction to stakeholders to collectively build a stronger research and innovation system that delivers measurable results.

Alberta Clean Technology Roadmap - https://open.alberta.ca/publications/9781460138762
The Alberta Clean Technology Road Map (CTR) strengthens the connection between the Climate Change Innovation and Technology Framework (CCITF) and the Government of Alberta's current and historic clean innovation-related policy.

Related Organizations

Organizations that offer support to the Cleantech Industry in Alberta

Alberta Innovates - https://albertainnovates.ca/
Alberta Innovates is a catalyst for innovation. Innovators, businesses and researchers can easily tap into our collective assets – cross sectoral knowledge and expertise, funding, networks and research facilities.

Emissions Reduction Alberta - http://eralberta.ca/
ERA accelerates the demonstration, scale-up and deployment of innovative clean technology solutions that will secure Alberta’s success in a lower-carbon economy.

Energy Efficiency Alberta - https://www.efficiencyalberta.ca/
EEA promotes the use of cutting-edge technology in Alberta to reduce emissions.

Alberta Clean Technology Industry Alliance - https://www.actia.ca/
ACTia is an industry-focused organization working to support Albertans developing clean technologies.

Contacts

Clean Innovation Office
Phone: 780-643-1082
Email: clean.innovation@gov.ab.ca

Alberta Innovates – Clean Energy
Phone:  403-297-7089
Email: info@albertainnovates.ca

Emissions Reduction Alberta
Phone: 780-498-2068
Email: info@eralberta.ca

Investment Services / Invest Alberta
Phone: 587-998-3510
Email: Invest.Alberta@gov.ab.ca