Natural Resources Canada

Natural Resources Canada

January 17, 2007 09:30 ET

Canada's New Government Launches ecoEnergy Technology Initiative

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Jan. 17, 2007) - The Honourable Gary Lunn, Minister of
Natural Resources, and the Honourable John Baird, Minister of the Environment,
today announced the ecoEnergy Technology Initiative-a $230-million investment
in the research, development and demonstration of clean-energy technologies.
"Canada is an emerging energy superpower," said Minister Lunn. "But our
real challenge is to be a clean-energy superpower. To do this, we must address
the fact that the greatest source of untapped energy is the energy we waste.
We must also increase our use of renewable energy and develop the science and
technology to make conventional energy cleaner."
"As part of our environmental agenda, Canada's New Government is
introducing this important initiative to protect Canadians' top priority-the
environment-while building a competitive and sustainable economy," said
Minister Baird.
While Canada's Clean Air Act forms the backbone of the government's
environmental plan, the ecoEnergy Technology Initiative will foster the next
generation of clean technologies to break through to emissions-free energy
production and energy use.
The $230-million ecoEnergy Technology Initiative will accelerate the
development and market-readiness of technology solutions in clean energy. It
will ensure that Canadians and future generations have clean air, water, land
and energy. This is real change for real results.
"Canada's New Government encourages industry and the provinces to further
invest in science and technology to deliver real results for the production of
clean energy," said Minister Lunn.
The new Initiative is a focused, integrated approach built on key
priorities that include carbon dioxide sequestration, clean coal, clean oil
sands production and renewable energy. Priorities will be further developed
with provinces and industry partners through consultations.

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The Honourable Gary Lunn, Minister of Natural Resources, and the
Honourable John Baird, Minister of the Environment, today announced the
ecoEnergy Technology Initiative. The Government of Canada will invest
$230 million in researching, developing and demonstrating clean-energy
technologies.


The following media backgrounders are available at www.nrcan.gc.ca/media:

- The CANMET Energy Technology Centre (CETC) Ottawa (Bells Corners),
Ontario
- Clean-Energy Science and Technology (S&T)
The Government commitment to energy science and technology

NRCan's news releases and backgrounders are available at
www.nrcan.gc.ca/media.


Contact Information

  • Kathleen Olson,
    Acting Director of Communications,
    Office of the Minister,
    Natural Resources Canada, Ottawa
    (613) 996-2007

    Mike Van Soelen, Director of Communications,
    Office of the Minister of the Environment,
    (819) 997-1441