December 8, 2006

Government allocates $30 million to fund clean technologies

Ottawa, Ontario – Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) has approved $30 million in new funding for the development and demonstration of clean technologies that benefit both the environment and the economy. The money will be allocated to 13 projects, covering a wide array of clean technologies.

One project is focusing on increasing the lifespan of car tires by as much as 40 per cent. This will reduce the number of tires headed for landfills. Canada disposes of more than 25 million car tires each year – about eight million in Ontario alone, of which 60 per cent end up in landfills.

Another project will develop and demonstrate a transmission-less hybrid drive and energy management system for mid-sized and large trucks. Use of this technology in combination with hybrid electric powertrains has the potential to reduce diesel fuel consumption by up to 60 per cent in these trucks.

SDTC continues to fund biofuel related projects. Three projects were approved for funding in this round, including one which is developing a process to produce ethanol from a variety of waste sources. This brings SDTC’s total commitment to biofuel technology initiatives to $66 million.

“The Clean Air Act supports the development of new and emerging clean-energy technologies that reduce smog and greenhouse gases,” said the Honourable Gary Lunn, Minister of Natural Resources. “These energy-efficient technologies will play a significant role in helping Canada achieve emissions-reductions targets, and will contribute to clean air, water and energy for future generations of Canadians to enjoy.”

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