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$1.6M announced for L-CARE project

March 23, 2018  

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The Ontario government announced $798,000 in funding from the TargetGHG program for the Landscape Carbon Accumulation Research (L-CARE) project.

The joint initiative will also receive funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), a TargetGHG partner, bringing the total to $1.6M in government support of research aimed at tackling the problem of greenhouse gas emissions. The TargetGHG program is funded by the Ministry of Research, Innovation and Science(MRIS) and administered by Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE).

“Supporting the efforts of large industries in their quest to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions is an important part of our government’s Climate Change Action Plan,” says Reza Moridi, Minister of Research, Innovation and Science, during an announcement at Laurentian University. “With the help of our province’s innovative cleantech companies, the TargetGHG program will help build a prosperous, low carbon economy and create a cleaner, more sustainable future for Ontario.”

The TargetGHG program will help Ontario meet its greenhouse gas emission reduction targets by encouraging large industrial plants to adopt leading-edge technology and supporting Ontario’s entrepreneurs in developing creative new solutions in the clean-tech sector by funding innovative projects.

“Taking steps to reduce the impacts of greenhouse gases and air pollution on our climate and environment is a key priority in Canada,” says Dr. Marc Fortin, Vice-President, Research Partnerships, NSERC. “NSERC is proud to partner with Ontario Centres of Excellence to connect Canada’s top researchers and companies to develop innovative clean technologies that will advance environmental sustainability in Canada and improve the health and quality of life of Canadians.”

L-CARE is a part of the TargetGHG Stream 2 Collaborative R&D Program, which supports industry-academic collaborative research and development projects. The projects in this stream will address Ontario’s 2020-2030 targets for GHG emission reduction and provide significant economic benefits to Ontario, expected to be in the form of things like jobs and revenues.

The L-CARE project focuses on management of brownfield and other industrially-impacted landscapes and will examine options to manage reclamation as part of a carbon sequestration strategy in relation to extensive hard-rock mining, looking at treatment and management strategies across mine tailings environments and three main ecosystem types: upland, wetland, and aquatic.

Partners on this project include Laurentian University, Vale Canada Limited, Glencore’s Sudbury Integrated Nickel Operations (Sudbury INO), and the City of Greater Sudbury, as well as co-investigators and collaborators—McMaster University, Trent University, Queen’s University, Université de Sherbrooke, and Université du Québec à Montréal, and collaborators from Cambridge UniversityCornell University, The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, and the Canadian Forest Service.

“Environmental sustainability is one of our greatest challenges, both now and in the future,” says Dr. Tom Corr, President and CEO, OCE. “OCE is proud to be a part of Ontario’s commitment to cleantech research and innovation by supporting provincial programs like TargetGHG.”

(Ontario Centres of Excellence Inc.)