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Calls target international collaboration
The Research Council of Norway has issued two calls – one targeting CO2 storage and Enhanced Oil Recovery, the other aimed at facilitating international R&D collaboration.

David Risk named to RSC’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists
CMC congratulates Dr. David Risk, Department of Earth Sciences at St. Francis Xavier University, on being named as a member of the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists.

Media Release: Unique report maps waste energy at select industrial sites
A pioneering study of targeted Edmonton-area industrial sites shows enough waste heat is generated to heat 15,200 homes

Media Advisory: Regional Waste Energy Report
A unique project identifies waste heat potential in Edmonton-area industrial sites. Industrial site tour for media and release of waste-energy mapping study on Monday, February 23, 2015. see media release here

Importance of region-specific policies to manage carbon emissions
Recently in the Globe and Mail,  Dave Sawyer – the Development Director of CMC’s Low Carbon Pathways group – wrote an article about moving from federal to provincial climate policy in Canada.

 Oil Sands Clay Workshop and Conference
Building on the success of three previous CONRAD events, COSIA’s first Oil Sands Clay Workshop and Conference will take place April 28-29, 2015 at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta. The event brings together the fundamentals of clay and oil sands science along with the latest and greatest research to inform and educate participants about the critical impact of clay on oil sands processes.

Registration is now open and space is limited, so register today. Early bird registration is available at $550 until February 27, 2015.

Why Stephen Harper will move the climate needle in 2015
Dave Sawyer, Development Director of CMC’s Low Carbon Pathways group, recently wrote a Globe and Mail column exploring the variety of climate policy options and pressures the federal government may face in 2015.

Call for Journal Papers “Porous Media Flow and Rock Mechanics in CCUS”
Authors are invited to submit their latest CCS/CCUS/AGI research to the thematic issue “Porous Media Flow and Rock Mechanics” in Journal of Rock Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering. Full paper submissions are due March 31, 2015 (Elsevier online submission).

Alberta releases CCS Quantification Protocol released for public comment
A draft of Alberta’s CCS Quantification Protocol for CO2 Capture and Permanent Storage in Deep Saline Aquifers has been released for public comment. In an ABlawg post Nigel Bankes, University of Calgary Law Professor,  describes how the protocol fits within the overall regulatory scheme described and offers some brief comments on the QP from a legal perspective.

Canada and UK sign CCS research statement
The UK and Canadian governments have signed an agreement on enhancing their collaboration on further research into carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology, thus reinforcing their positions as global leaders in the deployment of the vital climate technology.

COSIA Innovation Summit 2015
The first COSIA Innovation Summit will take place on March 31 to April 2, 2015 at the Banff Springs Hotel. Building on the success of the COSIA Water Conference last March, the Innovation Summit will provide an opportunity for COSIA member companies to showcase the good work being done within COSIA on “accelerating the pace of environmental performance improvement in the oil sands”. COSIA’s four Environmental Priority Areas (EPAs) Greenhouse Gas, Land, Tailings and Water as well as the Monitoring Priority Area will host concurrent sessions over these three days. COSIA will also host a keynote speaker and panel discussion to complement the content of the event.

IETA report looks at markets, finance and GHG emission reductions
IETA’s new market report showcases the role markets can play delivering climate finance, clean technology and emissions cuts. Dave Sawyer, CEO of EnviroEconomics and Development Director for CMC’s Low Carbon Pathways group, explores potential Canadian paths to a low carbon future on Page 41 of the report.

CMC Performance Verification Program to be unveiled
Richard Adamson, Managing Director, will speak about CMC’s new Performance Verification Program (CMC.PVP) at the PTAC Energy Efficiency and Emissions Reduction Technologies Forum on November 18. Mr. Adamson is the noon keynote speaker. CMC.PVP will provide independent performance testing of technologies to reduce greenhouse gases through rigorous, independent processes. For more details contact Adamson at richard.adamson@cmcghg.com

Canada switches on first carbon capture power plant
Canada has switched on the first large-scale coal-fired power plant fitted with a technology that proponents say enables the burning of fossil fuels without tipping the world into a climate catastrophe. The Boundary Dam power plant promises to cut carbon dioxide emissions by 90% by trapping C02 underground before the gas reaches the atmosphere – making its opening a milestone in the coal industry’s efforts to remain viable in a low-carbon economy.

ICO2N and PTAC release Alberta CO2 Purity Project report and model
The Integrated CO2 Network (ICO2N) in partnership with the Petroleum Technology Alliance of Canada (PTAC), and 20 project participants jointly undertook a project designed to evaluate the effect of CO2 purity on an Alberta Carbon Capture and Storage System. Both the report and model are now available publicly on the ICO2N and PTAC websites. Launched in 2010 and completed in 2014 the project investigated CO2 purity, contaminants, temperature, and pressure, to build on Alberta’s extensive CCS knowledge. It seeks the balancing point for purity requirements and cost effectiveness as it pertains to all stages of a CCS system: capture, transportation, sequestration and enhanced oil recovery. Click here to access the report and model.

European researchers invited to ERA-Can+ Webinars
The Canadian partners* to ERA-Can+ invite European researchers and research managers to participate in a series of live webinars on the opportunities to collaborate with Canadians in Canadian Research and Research Training Programmes. Canada’s Public Policy Forum and the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada will host a series of webinars to introduce the ERA-Can+ project as well as the European Union’s current Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, Horizon 2020. The second part of the webinars will feature Canadian program owners and will explore opportunities for Europeans to participate in Canadian programmes as well as the legal and financial issues of participation.