Feds invest over $1M in clean technologies in Quebec
ROUYN-NORANDA, Que. — The Government of Canada announced investments of more than $1,440,000 for three projects that will help build a cleaner future in Quebec.
“Investing in sustainable resource development and energy efficiency innovation is a big part of how we will move toward net-zero emissions by 2050,” said Seamus O’Regan, minister of Natural Resources, in a prepared statement.
These investments include funding to:
- The Centre Technologique des Résidus Industriels for a pilot project that will test a new fragmentation and grinding technology for the mining sector. An investment of $1,150,495 will help develop a viable alternative to more energy-intensive options for crushing and grinding. This process will help reduce emissions and lower energy consumption up to 20%. The Government of Canada’s funding comes in part from Natural Resources Canada’s Clean Growth Program, $442,600, and from Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions’ Quebec Economic Development Program, $707,895.
- Martin Roy Transport (MRT) to improve the energy efficiency of and reduce emissions from their heavy-duty vehicle fleet. This investment of $74,747 from the Green Freight Assessment Program will be used by MRT to implement recommendations from their initial energy assessment. This includes incorporating 860 aerodynamic equipment retrofits that will reduce emissions and fuel consumption and improve competitiveness.
- The Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue to evaluate the long-term performance of reclamation methods at abandoned and active mine sites in a changing climate. This $215,150 investment from the Climate Change Adaptation Program will assess how plants used in mine reclamation will function as the climate changes, helping the mining industry adapt and to ensure the continued productivity of these important land resources.