As part of engaging in more active management of our portfolio, ERA has developed a Technology Roadmap to help guide investment decisions and inform our portfolio mix.
The Roadmap defines potential innovation and technology pathways for achieving desired climate change policy outcomes, maps the tactical options and initiatives to deliver needed solutions for each pathway, and identifies potential high impact technology investments that can help demonstrate Alberta’s climate change leadership. It also provides advice regarding specific responsibilities and accountabilities of players in the innovation system.
CLIMATE CHANGE INNOVATION AND TECHNOLOGY FRAMEWORK (CCITF)
We support high impact technology investments that advance Alberta’s climate change leadership.
In coordination with the Government of Alberta and Alberta Innovates, we are developing innovation and technology-focused opportunities to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions while growing Alberta’s economy.
The CCITF serves as the overarching guide for the investment of funds from the pricing of carbon emissions for innovation and clean technology. It supports investments in clean innovation across a number of technology areas, including hydrocarbons in the oil sands, renewable energy, green products and services, and other areas.
ERA is a key partner implementing Alberta’s Climate Leadership Plan. Our actions are guided by the CCITF and the targets and principles of the Alberta Research and Innovation Framework (ARIF). The focus of our work is set out in the ERA Technology Roadmap.
By leveraging investment from industry and other funding partners, we are supporting scale-up and accelerating commercialization and adoption of these technologies on a broader scale.
ERA investments are typically identified through our competitive call for proposals process. Projects referred by trusted funding partners under our Partnership Intake pilot may also be considered for funding.
All of ERA’s potential investments are assessed against a set of transparent criteria and undergo a rigorous due diligence review to select projects that can best deliver on our mandate.
ERA prepares or participates in research and analysis that supports our mandate. These activities range from studies that identify the economic impact of ERA’s investments to reports that speak to the potential for GHG emissions reductions in specific sectors.
2018 Cleantech Directions
Cleantech Canada released its 2018 Cleantech Directions industry report at the SPARK 2017 innovation conference in Edmonton this week. The report includes insight from 470 businesses across Canada and a roundtable discussion of Alberta clean technology experts, and outlines key trends and market drivers spurring innovation growth.
Alberta Clean Technology Sector 2016: Ready for Liftoff
ACTia (Alberta Clean Technology Industry Alliance) prepared this baseline study, with support from ERA and others, of Alberta’s entrepreneurs active in technology-driven business opportunities that can improve environmental and economic outcomes.
Alberta Adapts to a Changing Climate
March 31, 2016
Report summarizing outcomes of the Adaptation Leaders Round Table Forum held in Edmonton, January 20, 2016.
Biomass Innovation – Canada’s Leading Cleantech Opportunity for GHG Reduction and Economic Prosperity
February 28, 2016
This ERA and Alberta Innovates report identified the opportunities and benefits associated to deploy biomass resources to reduce GHG emissions.
Biogas Market Study – Understanding the Alberta Anaerobic Digestion Landscape
October 13, 2015
TEC Edmonton prepared this market study to aid discussion about the progression of the biogas industry in Alberta with industry participants and government. The study focuses on anaerobic digestion, how it fits in the current regulatory framework, and economic barriers.
Investing in GHG Emissions-Reduction Technology: Assessing the Impact
March 31, 2015
The Conference Board of Canada released this report in February 2015. According to this analysis, investments in GHG emissions-reduction technology that were funded, in part, by ERA from 2011 to 2016 will contribute more than $2.4 billion (2007 $) and add 15,017 person-years of full-time-equivalent employment to the Canadian economy.
2029 CCS Potential in the Oilsands – Pembina Institute
September 15, 2014
Carbon capture and storage (CCS) has been recognized as an important tool in stabilizing atmospheric GHG concentrations. This document is an independent report prepared by the Pembina Institute exclusively as information for the Alberta Government, Alberta Innovates, Energy and Environmental Solutions, and ERA. The views and opinions expressed in this report are those of the author(s).
The Canadian Fertilizer Institute in partnership with Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions, and with financial support from ERA, developed this report to describe the Nutrient Stewardship project. This report outlines information on the process, challenges and opportunities for this project.
Gap Analysis of Biological Carbon Capture and Storage in Alberta
April 30, 2012
With the expansion of the oil and gas sector in Alberta, there is an opportunity to shape the intensity and ecological impact of the growth. This report, commissioned by Alberta Innovates Bio-Solutions, on behalf of ERA, provides an assessment of the priority gaps in biological carbon capture and storage opportunities in Alberta.
Material Switching in Alberta
March 16, 2012
Biomass material switching is the substitution of fossil fuel-based products with biomass and bio-based product alternatives, with the intention of obtaining environmental, social, and/or economic benefits. This report, prepared for Alberta Innovates Bio-Solutions on behalf of ERA, examines the material switching opportunities available for Alberta’s non-energy industries with the primary driver of reduced GHG emissions.
Gap and Opportunity Analysis for Advancing Meaningful Biological Greenhouse Gas Reductions
March 13, 2012
This report builds on previous work completed for ERA on biological greenhouse gas mitigation, specifically enhancing biological GHG mitigation in Canada and biological opportunities for Alberta. This report directs the potential possibilities for development of an investment roadmap on how to efficiently engage the biological sector in achieving meaningful greenhouse gas reductions.
GHG Reduction Summit Report
May 17, 2011
To cut GHG emissions to committed levels, technologies — both new and existing — will need to be developed and deployed on a vast scale. In order to spark the dialogue between industry leaders, technologists, policy-makers, financiers and other key stakeholders, ERA held an inaugural GHG Reduction Summit in Edmonton, Alberta. This report outlines the objectives and outcomes of the summit.
Enhancing Biological GHG Mitigation in Canada
December 29, 2010
This report commissioned by ERA explores the opportunity for significant emission reductions to be achieved from biological systems and management. This study applies common carbon accounting principles and identifies “constrained” or “achievable” mitigation potentials from biological management, covering a wide range of activities including carbon sequestration, GHG reductions, waste management, materials switching and strategic carbon management.
Data Reference Report
November 9, 2010
This report was generated for ERA with the purpose of listing the Knowledge Networks for each of the key Strategic Investment Areas. This document is a supplement to the report entitled Knowledge Networks – Enhancing Knowledge and Engagement.
The Economic and Employment Impacts of Climate-Related Technology Investments
May 30, 2010
This report examines the economic and employment impacts of climate-related technology investments in Canada. As spending on climate-related technology between 2010 and 2014 is expected to total $11.8 billion, primarily in Alberta, it is important to position these investments relative to other elements of climate action plans, especially since each province has different established emissions reduction targets and make use of a number of measures to achieve them.
Biological Networks Workshop Report
March 31, 2010
On December 15 and 16, 2010, 37 people representing a range of interests as knowledgeable leading thinkers in the climate change community in Canada attended a workshop in Toronto, ON. The workshop was intended to provide the foundation for the launch of a knowledge network on opportunities for biological greenhouse gas (Bio-GHG) management.