The Natural Gas Innovation Fund Announces Investment from Natural Resources Canada and Alberta Innovates to Accelerate Cleantech Development in Methane Emissions Reduction

July 10, 2020 – Ottawa, ON
Natural Gas Innovation Fund    

The Canadian Gas Association (CGA), through their Natural Gas Innovation Fund (NGIF), is pleased to be named as a recipient of $5.1 million in funding for methane emissions reductions at a live production site in Alberta.

The funding comes from the Canadian Emissions Reduction Innovation Network (CERIN) initiative, and is part of a larger commitment of $12 million by CERIN co-funders Natural Resources Canada and Alberta Innovates to NGIF and the Petroleum Technology Alliance of Canada (PTAC).

CERIN is a collaborative initiative between Natural Resources Canada and Alberta Innovates to accelerate the development of technologies that reduce methane emissions in the oil and gas sector.  The program brings together a unique network across Canada of academia, government and industry test centres, including a fully operational natural gas production facility. The focus of these test centres is to develop cleantech that can be deployed quickly across Canada and globally.

Currently, methane testing and technology development in Canada occurs in silos and the data generated is not always shared across platforms. As a result, best practices may not be materializing and there is duplication of efforts and resources. CERIN aims to address these issues through its collaborative approach including the facilitation of information sharing, and working towards successful cost-effective methane emissions testing and technology development and deployment.

The work of PTAC and NGIF (through CGA) can serve as a foundation for a Canadian network of methane emissions test facilities that will contribute to the long-term sustainability of the energy industry and its emerging cleantech sector.

The investments made will inform protocols and standards for the detection and mitigation of methane emissions that will become the benchmark for Canada and the world. Through strong industry collaboration these investments will help Canada better understand and reduce methane emissions.

“Canada can’t get to net zero emissions by 2050 without Alberta. This helps us achieve that goal.”
The Honourable Seamus O’Regan, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources

“We are excited to be part of the CERIN initiative leading the development, demonstration and deployment of clean technologies in methane emissions management including quantification at a fully operational natural gas production facility. This opportunity brings increased data availability, verified clean technology performance, and a greater understanding of high impact opportunities.”

John Adams, Managing Director, Natural Gas Innovation Fund

Associated Links
Natural Resources Canada
Natural Gas Innovation Fund
Canadian Gas Association
Alberta Innovates

About the Natural Gas Innovation Fund
NGIF is an industry-led, industry-funded, granting organization created by the Canadian Gas Association that seeks to accelerate cleantech innovation in the production, pipeline transmission, and end-use of natural gas. In doing so, we aim to improve the environmental and economic performance of all in the sector. Our belief is that affordable, reliable, environmentally sound natural gas is a foundational fuel for Canada’s long-term well-being.

Media Information:
Aysha Raad
Director, Communications
Canadian Gas Association
613-748-0057 ext. 310

Fund Information:
John Adams
Managing Director
Natural Gas Innovation Fund (Fund I) NGIF Cleantech Ventures (Fund II)
613-748-0057 ext. 326