Ottawa awards $5.3 million to projects aimed at methane emissions reduction

Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr. Image: Flickr/Justin Trudeau

The federal government has announced an investment of $5.3 million for seven projects aimed at tackling methane emissions from Canada's oil and gas sector.

The industry is the country's largest emitter of methane, which accounts for about 15 percent of Canada’s GHG emissions.

Ottawa says it is partnering with Clearstone Engineering, the Alberta Energy Regulator, Petroleum Technology Alliance Canada, the University of British Columbia and the University of Calgary to support research aimed at improving our ability to detect methane leaks, improve emissions reporting and enhance efforts to reduce emissions in oil and gas production.

"These investments will help Canada meet its target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent below 2005 levels by 2030 and create well-paying jobs for middle-class Canadians," Natural Resources Canada said in a statement.

The projects are being funded through Natural Resource Canada’s Clean Energy Innovation Program, which received $25 million over two years to accelerate clean technology development.