Emissions Reductions Alberta commits $33 million to tech projects

Emissions Reduction Alberta (ERA) has slated $33 million to several projects in the ag, agri-food and forestry sectors designed to cut the province’s greenhouse gas emissions. 

The funds are aimed at 17 projects that are projected to reduce Alberta’s emissions by up to 2.7 million tonnes by 2030. Jason Nixon, Alberta’s minister of Environment and Parks, made the announcement on April 20 with Steve MacDonald, ERA CEO, at an online event. The funds come from Technology Innovation and Emissions Reduction (TIER), Alberta’s greenhouse gas pricing and regulatory body. 

“Agriculture and forestry are critically important to the economy of Alberta. This investment, driven by the TIER regulation, will help advance innovative processes and technologies to support the province’s bioeconomy and reduce emissions. Its builds on Alberta’s historical strengths in agriculture, forestry, and land use,” Nixon stated in a release. 

Among the projects are several specific to cattle production. They include: 

  •  a new system and standard for anaerobic digestion and waste management at Korova Feeders ($5 million from ERA). 
  • commercially growing and processing red macroalgae as a feed additive to reduce methane emissions in cattle, led by Synergraze Inc. ($5 million from ERA). 
  • using technology to transform paunch manure into two natural fertilizers, led by Livestock Water Recycling ($650,000 from ERA). Paunch manure is the partially digested feed of a ruminant after slaughter. 
  • AAFC to develop and demonstrate a genomics-enhanced whole herd genetic management platform to greenhouse gas ($490,000 from ERA). 
  • Ceres Solutions Ltd. to use spent brewer’s grain to grow high-value mushrooms. Leftover substrate after mushroom harvest to be used as livestock feed. ($500,000 from ERA).

"ERA’s funding accelerates Synergraze’s ability to get our feed additive to cattle producers. It will help advance the technology through to early commercial-scale production. Our feed additive reduces methane emissions from cattle by approximately 90 per cent. Alberta cattle producers will gain access to a product that will enhance competitiveness and greatly reduce GHG emissions as a result of ERA’s financial support,” says Tamara Loiselle, CEO and founder of Synergraze. 

ERA received 150 requests for funding. The complete list of selected projects is available online.

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