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The Government of Canada Invests in CCS in Nova Scotia

Wednesday, Apr 30, 2008
Article Type: Reprinted 

The Government of Canada will provide $5 million to support CCS research in the province of Nova Scotia.

According to the report of the Canada-Alberta ecoENERGY CCS Task Force, CCS technology could allow Canada to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by as much as 600 million tonnes a year by 2050, an amount equal to almost three-quarters of Canada's current annual emissions.

The potential for underground storage of carbon dioxide in Western Canada is already well known. The new funding from the Government of Canada will be used to assess whether similar CCS opportunities can be developed in Nova Scotia, where coal-fired generating stations supply some three-quarters of the province's electricity.

The Government of Canada's contribution to the research was included in Budget 2008 and will be delivered once legislation has been passed.

Budget 2008 committed $250 million in funding for CCS research. In addition to the $5 million in funding for the Nova Scotia project, Prime Minister Harper announced $240 million for the Boundary Dam Project in Saskatchewan on March 25, and Minister Lunn announced $5 million in funding for the Institute for Sustainable Energy, Environment and Economy at the University of Calgary on April 4.

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