Noted author and global thinker to headline SPARK 2017

Emissions Reduction Alberta and Alberta Innovates are pleased to present best-selling Canadian author and professor Thomas Homer-Dixon, PhD, as the keynote speaker at SPARK 2017.

Homer-Dixon will explore how complexities facing today’s world will shape the technological breakthroughs of the next decade. As he sees it, large-scale stresses are linked – climate change, the energy transition, rapid urbanization, chronic low growth and political instability. But he suggests they will create “perhaps surprising” opportunities for innovation.

Homer-Dixon holds the Centre for International Governance Innovation Chair of Global Systems in the Balsillie School of International Affairs at the University of Waterloo. He is a frequent commentator in the Globe and Mail and the author of the thought-provoking book, The Ingenuity Gap: Can We Solve the Problems of the Future?, published to widespread acclaim in 2000. The book was described by Pulitzer Prize winner E.O. Wilson as “the most persuasive forecast of the 21st century I have seen.”

Homer-Dixon will set the tone for SPARK 2017, a clean-technology conference all about innovation. SPARK takes place Nov. 6-8 in Edmonton. ERA and Alberta Innovates are co-hosting this event to support game-changing solutions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and advance the bioindustrial sector.

The status of nine technologies Suncor is working on to reduce oilsands GHGs

In its annual sustainability report issued this week, Suncor Energy outlined some of the new technologies it is developing alone or with partners to decrease greenhouse gas emissions from its oilsands operations. 

Last year the company announced its goal to reduce the total emission intensity of its oil production and petroleum products by 30 percent by 2030.

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​Shell launches Alberta methane detection pilot as part of ‘unlikely partnership’ with Environmental Defense Fund

Shell has joined Statoil and PG&E as the third oil and gas company to launch a field test of a methane detection system as part of a partnership that includes the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF). 

The Methane Detectors Challenge was launched in 2013 by the EDF to help decrease the impact of methane emissions.

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Unhappy With Pace Of Innovation, Gas Utilities Created Their Own Technology Fund

When natural gas utility ATCO Ltd. would apply for federal government funding to develop low-carbon technologies, it would sometimes take six or eight months to get a decision.

By then, the technology providers had gone to other funding sources.

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SPARK 2017: Q&A With Steve MacDonald, CEO Of Emissions Reduction Alberta

Emissions Reduction Alberta (ERA) and Alberta Innovates are hosting SPARK 2017 — November 6-8 — to support game-changing solutions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and advance the bioindustrial sector. We sat down with Steve MacDonald, CEO, Emissions Reduction Alberta, to find out more about the upcoming event. Click here to register.

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Emissions Reduction Alberta (ERA) and Alberta Innovates to co-host conference for innovators and researchers

Emissions Reduction Alberta (ERA) and Alberta Innovates have teamed up to host SPARK 2017. This conference is for researchers and innovators working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) through new products and technologies. It will also include a focus on advancing Alberta's bioindustrial sector.

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