Amarjeet Sohi, Canada's Minister of Natural Resources, has announced US$3.8 million in funding to the BIOSALIX programme, a renewable energy coal mine reclamation project near Forestburg, Alberta.
A collaborative effort led by environmental consulting firm Sylvis, the project uses municipal organic waste as an additive to generate the conditions to grow a willow crop on the reclaimed land. The willow is then harvested to create a woody biomass that can be used to produce renewable heat, energy and other products. Overall, this project will help municipalities manage their organic waste, grow a renewable feedstock to produce bioenergy, reclaim expired mine land and create new opportunities for communities affected by coal mine closures.
Federal funding for the project will be provided through Natural Resource Canada's Clean Growth Programme. Further funding in the amounts of US$1.5 and US$2 million will be provided respectively by Alberta Innovates and Emission Reductions Alberta. Natural Resource Canada's Canadian Forest Service will also lend its biomass research and expertise to the project.
The Clean Growth Programme is a US$155 million investment fund that helps emerging clean technologies further reduce their impacts on air, land and water while enhancing competitiveness and creating jobs.
Canada's climate plan includes measures to protect the environment and leave a healthier planet for future generations, including actions to protect our oceans, phase out coal-fired electricity, invest in renewables and public transit and reduce plastic pollution. Green infrastructure and renewable energy technologies are a key part of Canada's plan to combat climate change while growing the economy.
Read the article online at: https://www.globalminingreview.com/environment-sustainability/03092019/canada-invests-in-green-coal-mine-reclamation-project-in-alberta/