Alberta’s government is using up to $176 million from the Technology Innovation and Emissions Reduction (TIER) system and federal Low Carbon Economy Leadership Fund (LCELF) for 16 projects that will cut almost seven million tonnes of emissions by 2030. This is the same as eliminating emissions from the electricity used by 4.5 million homes.
Funding is being delivered through Emissions Reduction Alberta’s Shovel-Ready Challenge, and will support about 5,600 jobs while injecting $2 billion into Alberta’s economy. This is the largest investment announcement in ERA’s history.
“Alberta continues to show leadership by using technology in practical ways to reduce emissions and combat climate change. These investments will help us grow our economy and pave the way to an even brighter future for all Albertans by building on Alberta’s strong foundation as a responsible and innovative energy leader.”
Large operations across sectors in Alberta are benefiting from the funding, including oil and gas, chemicals and fertilizers, cement and concrete, forestry and agriculture, electricity and manufacturing.
“Shovel-Ready funding expands groundbreaking technologies that are helping industries cut emissions, employ more Albertans and grow our economy. The TIER program continues to demonstrate Alberta’s global leadership on innovation and technology, which are the key pathways to protecting our shared environment while getting Alberta’s economy back on track.”
Funding is supporting lower carbon industrial processes, cleaner oil and gas, and low-emitting electricity. Project examples include:
- Capital Power will use innovative technology to turn carbon dioxide emissions from its Genesee facility into valuable carbon nanotubes, preventing those emissions from entering the atmosphere.
- Canadian Pacific’s Hydrogen Locomotive Program will feature three diesel locomotives retrofitted to operate using low-carbon hydrogen. The only emissions these locomotives will produce is water vapour, showing the potential for nearly emissions-free freight rail transport.
- Calgary Aggregate Recycling, an Indigenous-owned concrete, asphalt and recycling company, is building Canada’s first soil reuse facility. Contaminated soil from construction sites will be processed into stone and sand products. This turns waste that would normally go to the landfill into valuable products, and the facility’s central Calgary location reduces emissions by shortening the distance required to transport the waste for disposal.
Shovel-Ready Challenge projects are supported by $126 million from the TIER system and $50 million from the LCELF. The term “shovel-ready” means projects are at a mature stage of development, with the potential to create jobs and cut emissions quickly.
“With Government of Alberta funding through ERA and innovation driven by industry, together, we can become leaders in environmental sustainability. Shovel-Ready Challenge funding is critical to implementing leading-edge technologies that will facilitate the transformation to a low-carbon future.”
“These investments are unlocking innovation and mobilizing private spending to create economic opportunities and improve environmental performance. They build on Alberta’s strengths across sectors and turn emission reduction ambitions into action.”
“We sincerely appreciate the Government of Alberta and ERA’s belief in our work and our people. As a sustainably driven organization, we share their goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions through advanced technology. CP will combine the grant with our own funds to expand our research and development of real-world hydrogen technology in Alberta.”
“Thanks to the funding and support of the Government of Alberta and Emissions Reduction Alberta, Calgary will be home to Canada’s first Construction and Demolition Waste Recycling Plant. This technology will have an immediate impact on emissions reductions, boost the economy, and create a variety of jobs for Calgarians. Calgary Aggregate Recycling and our partners are committed to creating a sustainable future and we now have the support required to take meaningful steps towards that goal.”
The TIER system is funded by large industry that pay into the fund when they do not meet emissions targets. Alberta is using up to $750 million from the TIER fund for a range of programs that are reducing emissions, boosting the economy and getting Albertans back to work. This investment supports Alberta’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and low oil prices.
- TIER helps industrial facilities, which account for more than 60 per cent of Alberta’s total emissions, find innovative ways to reduce emissions and invest in clean technology to save money and stay competitive.
- The TIER fund is being directed into programs that will bring investment to Alberta and continue to build on Alberta’s strong record on environmental, social and governance performance.
- ERA invests revenues from TIER to accelerate the development and deployment of innovative clean technology solutions.
- Since 2009, ERA has committed $821 million toward 221 projects worth $6.6 billion that are reducing emissions, creating competitive industries and leading to new business opportunities in Alberta. These projects are estimated to deliver cumulative reductions of almost 43 million tonnes of emissions reductions by 2030.
AER: New Expedited Decisions Manual
Since 2013, the Government of Alberta’s Enhanced Approval Process (EAP) Manual has been used to specify which Public Lands Act applications administered by the AER were eligible for expedited decisions under section 5.2(2)(b) of the Alberta Energy Regulator Rules of Practice. This meant that the manual was managed by Alberta Environment and Parks, while the authority of expedited decisions was managed through the AER’s Rules of Practice.
To address this inconsistency, the AER Rules of Practice have been updated under section 5.2(2)(b) pointing to a new AER manual, Manual 022: Expedited Decisions. No changes have been made to the list of Public Lands Act applications that may be expedited, but we will now manage and publish the new manual.
Expedited applications do not have a set deadline to submit a statement of concern. The AER can make a decision at any point after an expedited application is submitted. These application types are outlined in section 5.2.2 of the AER Rules of Practice. For more information, see our website, www.aer.ca > Providing Information > News and Resources > EnerFAQs and Fact Sheets > Expressing Your Concerns – EnerFAQ.
If you have any questions, contact our Customer Contact Centre by phone at 403-297-8311 (1-855-297-8311 toll free) or by email at email@example.com.
AER: New Contamination Management Manual
Today we released Manual 021: Contamination Management. The purpose of this manual is to assist industry in understanding the regulatory requirements and expectations for remediating contamination related to oil and gas, in situ, and pipeline activities regulated by the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER). The manual does not introduce any new requirements; it follows the requirements of the Remediation Regulation released under the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act and includes an overview of key concepts and the remedial measures process to support the management and closure of contaminated sites. While the regulatory requirements described in the manual apply to all activities regulated by the AER, the report and closure application submission process described in sections 7 through 11 is specific to oil and gas, in situ, and pipelines activities.
Further information on how we administer the Remediation Regulation can be found on our website, www.aer.ca > Regulating Development > Project Closure > Remediation > Remediation Regulation Administration.
A draft of the manual was released on July 7 and public comment was accepted through August 8 (see Bulletin 2021-26). The manual itself and a summary of the feedback, including our responses, are available on our website, www.aer.ca > Regulating Development > Manuals.
BC: Province takes aim at banning problem plastics
People in British Columbia continue to take action to remove problem plastics from communities and the natural environment.
New legislation will mean the Province can move more quickly to remove plastic debris through phased-in provincewide product bans.
Changes under new legislation mean the Province will be able to identify and take direct action to phase out single-use plastic products and packaging. Decisions will be made based on the environmental and economic impacts of any bans, with the first phase of new regulations expected in early 2023.
“We have heard the call for more direct action to reduce plastic debris and its impact on the environment and wildlife,” said George Heyman, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy. “These changes mean we will expedite the actions under the CleanBC Plastic Action Plan to create a cleaner, stronger future for everyone.”
The current act allows for packaging materials, such as plastic checkout bags and single-use polystyrene foam takeout containers, to be regulated or banned. Following feedback from the public and local governments, the changes will add the ability to regulate other products like plastic drinking straws, utensils and stir sticks that are harmful to the environment.
This furthers the Province’s actions launched in July 2021 to allow local governments to ban single-use plastics without requiring ministerial approval. More than 20 municipalities are developing bylaws banning single-use plastics, and the municipalities of Esquimalt, Nanaimo, Richmond, Rossland, Saanich, Surrey, Tofino, Ucluelet and Victoria have approved bylaws in place.
B.C.’s CleanBC Plastics Action Plan is addressing the use of plastics, expanding recycling categories and starting to create greater opportunities to use material previously considered waste in the development of new products. The plan will add milk and milk-alternative containers to the deposit-refund system as of February 2022 and more single-use items to the packaging part of the Recycling Regulation as of January 2023
In addition, the largest shoreline cleanup in B.C.’s history has resulted in the removal of more than 580 tonnes of marine debris from B.C.’s coastline under the Clean Coast, Clean Waters Initiative.
It is estimated that in 2019, more than 340,000 tonnes of plastic items and packaging were disposed of in British Columbia. This equates to more than 65 kilograms of plastic waste sent to the landfill per person in one year.
To follow the progress of this bill through the legislature, visit:
To find out about the CleanBC Plastics Action Plan, visit: https://cleanbc.gov.bc.ca/plastics/
ESAA Member News
(Source: EnvironmentalJournal.com) Stantec, a global leader in sustainable design and engineering, announced it has entered into share purchase agreements to acquire the North America and Asia Pacific engineering and consulting groups of Cardno Limited.
Under the terms of the acquisition, Calgary, Alberta-based Stantec will acquire select assets for US$500 million (approximately CA$620 million).
In alignment with its strategic plan, Stantec is selectively acquiring the most strategically complementary assets of Cardno. (Cardno’s Latin American operations and International Development business are excluded from the Acquisition.)
The combined environmental services business will represent 20 per cent of Stantec’s pro forma net revenues. This augments Stantec’s position as a leader in sustainability and adds approximately 2,750 professionals in regions and sectors that align with Stantec’s growth objectives.
“Stantec’s global leadership in sustainability will be further augmented by the passion and entrepreneurism of Cardno’s professionals who, like us, work at the intersection between clients, science, and innovation to solve the ever-evolving challenges confronting communities around the world,” said Gord Johnston, president and chief executive officer of Stantec.
“We have worked closely with Cardno for many years. Cardno Group CEO, Susan Reisbord and her team have done a remarkable job in transforming their organization and returning Cardno to a strong growth path. The timing couldn’t be better to welcome their team to Stantec and grow together. Cardno’s key strengths in ecosystem restoration, health sciences, infrastructure, water, and government services are completely complementary to Stantec’s offerings in these growing sectors of the United States and Australia. Together, we will continue to set the standard for sustainable design and climate change mitigation.”
Susan Reisbord, Group CEO of Cardno added: “Joining Stantec offers a tremendous opportunity to the people of both companies to accelerate our combined growth given how complementary our strengths are in the regions we operate. Our combined Australian operations will strengthen our position as a top tier engineering and design firm there, and this will open new opportunities for us. As this process has played out, the one thing that has been striking is the commonality between our values and cultures.”
The acquisition is expected to close by the end of 2021.
ERIS acquires LGI Copy Service Canada raising the standard of property due diligence in Canada
TORONTO & OTTAWA, ONTARIO, CANADA, November 2, 2021 — Environmental Risk Information Services (ERIS) and LGI Copy Service Canada (LGI), both leading providers of historical and current environmental assessment information, are announcing the acquisition of LGI to strengthen ERIS’ Canadian operations and improve the overall scale of its business nationwide.
“Adding LGI to the ERIS organization sets a new standard of service and resources as we continue to invest in our Canadian operations to ensure the best quality, products and technology available for our end-users” said Carol Le Noury, President of ERIS. “LGI adds a wealth of city directories and historical aerial photographs that will directly integrate into our existing platforms, giving our customers even greater access to current and historical environmental risk information.”
By combining their resources, ERIS and LGI are creating a more comprehensive entity in the environmental consulting industry, solidifying ERIS as a single resource for current risk data, as well as historical aerials, city directories, topographic maps, fire insurance maps, and land titles. In addition, all products and services will be provided through state-of-the-art applications and supported by unparalleled industry-leading customer service.
“Joining ERIS allows us to continue serving our customers with high-quality products, value, and personal service,” said Adam Lantos, CEO and founder of LGI, who will continue with ERIS in a consulting role to assist with the transition. “Plus, our customers can now take advantage of the latest innovative technologies and unique offerings that ERIS continues to create, decreasing turnaround time and increasing efficiencies for our customers.”
For the initial phase, LGI and ERIS will work in parallel as they merge their products and data, while working with customers to integrate the best-in-class services from both organizations.
Remediation Technology News and Resource
(The following are selected items from the US EPA’s Tech Direct – http://clu-in.org/techdirect/)
Upcoming Live Internet Seminars
ITRC TPH Risk Evaluation at Petroleum-Contaminated Sites – November 18, 1:00PM-3:15PM EST (18:00-20:15 GMT). The basis for this training course is the ITRC guidance: TPH Risk Evaluation at Petroleum-Contaminated Sites (TPHRisk-1, 2018). The guidance builds on long-standing and current research and experience, and presents the current science for evaluating TPH risk at petroleum-contaminated sites. As a participant in this training you should learn to: recognize the ITRC document as a go-to resource for evaluating TPH risk at petroleum-contaminated sites, recognize how TPH-impacted media interacts with the environment and changes over time, select appropriate analytic method(s) to match site objectives, and apply the decision framework to determine when a site-specific target level may be more appropriate than a generic screening level for TPH. For more information and to register, see https://www.itrcweb.org or https://clu-in.org/live.
New Documents and Web Resources
Review of Peer-Reviewed Documents on Treatment Technologies Used at Mining Waste Sites (EPA 542-R-20-002). Case studies examining treatment technologies used for remediating mining-influenced water (MIW) and mining wastes have been conducted at many hard rock mining sites and range in type from bench studies to full-scale field studies. The research in this report was conducted to capture the capabilities, efficiencies, technological and site-specific requirements, and lessons learned for technologies and methods used. To work toward meeting these goals, EPA conducted a literature search in order to accumulate, evaluate, and consolidate case studies that documented active or passive treatment systems or methods being used (or previously used) at active and inactive hard rock mining sites for remediating contaminants from various mining wastes and MIW. To view or download, please visit https://semspub.epa.gov/src/
Sustainable Management Practices for Management of Land Contamination (CL:AIRE 2021). SuRF-UK defines Sustainable Management Practices (SMPs) as “relatively simple, common sense actions that can be implemented at any stage in a land contamination management project to improve its environmental, social and/or economic performance”. This document describes a simple process to encourage sustainable thinking, decision-
making and action across all land contamination management activities by using SMPs. To view or download, please visit https://www.claire.co.uk/projects-and-initiatives/surf-uk/21-executing-sustainable-remediation/84-sustainable-management-practices.
Good Practice for Risk Assessment for Coal Mine Gas Emissions (CL:AIRE 2021). This document is a collation of current understanding of coal mine gas risks and seeks to assist in the formulation of appropriately robust mine gas risk assessments in the UK. It provides a decision framework and presents those factors an assessor would be expected to have considered if delivering standard good practice. The intended audience of this document is those involved in commissioning and undertaking mine gas risk assessments to support proposed development, and local authority officers involved in regulating development management through the planning or building control regimes.To view or download, please visit https://www.claire.co.uk/home/news/1561-new-cl-aire-publication.
Technology Innovation News Survey Corner. The Technology Innovation News Survey contains market/commercialization information; reports on demonstrations, feasibility studies and research; and other news relevant to the hazardous waste community interested in technology development. Recent issues, complete archives, and subscription information is available at https://clu-in.org/products/tins/. The following resources were included in recent issues:
- PFAS Phase I Pilot-Scale Treatment Study Final Report
- Utilizing the Plant Microbiome and Bioaugmentation to Degrade 1,4-Dioxane and Co-Contaminants
- Quantification of In Situ Chemical Reductive Defluorination (ISCRD) of Perfluoroalkyl Acids in Groundwater Impacted by AFFFS
- Guidance for Using Compound Specific Isotope Analysis (CSIA) for the Assessment of Transformation of Nitroaromatic Explosives and RDX
- A Practitioners Guide to The Evolution of High Resolution Site Characterization
- Development of a Decision Support Tool for Vadose Zone Remediation of Volatile Contaminants
- Systems and Processes for Recovery of High-Grade Rare Earth Concentrate from Acid Mine Drainage
RemTech Lite Webinar Series
Presented by: (Your Company Name and Could be Logo Here)
- November 18th sponsored by Trace Associates
- November 25th sponsored by Abacus Enterprises
- December 2nd sponsored by CORE Environmental Consulting
Full Schedule available at: Schedule
ESAA is pleased to announce a series of three (3) webinars featuring presentation from RemTech 2021 will be held on November 18th, 25th and December 2nd. Each webinar will feature eight (8) different presentations. Registration fees include access to all three sessions and recordings.
Dates: November 18th, November 25th and December 2nd
Webinar Time: 8:30 AM – 12:45 PM
Cost: $55 Members / $75 Non-Members (Access to all three webinars and recordings)
Registration Link: Register
Presenting Sponsor – $1,595
- Includes 6 registrations for each webinar
- Recognition at the start and end of each webinar
- Logo on the ESAA and GoTo Meeting registration pages
- Logo recognition in future RemTech Lite webinar update emails
- 3 corporate ads in the ESAA Weekly News
- Grab the Last Sponsorship and support ESAA
Space is limited to 500 attendees.
Join the Real Property Institute of Canada at the 2021 Federal Contaminated Sites National Workshop!
If you’re interested in advancing your knowledge of contaminated sites, investing time in your professional development, and strengthening your network across the federal contaminated sites community, then register for the Real Property Institute of Canada’s (RPIC) 2021 Federal Contaminated Sites National Workshop!
This virtual event is taking place from November 15-18, and will provide you with a unique chance to reconnect with your peers and learn about the top issues facing your community, including Socio-Economics and Indigenous Engagement, Northern Site Challenges, PFAS Assessment and Remediation, Research & Development and Innovations and much more!
Some exciting event highlights include:
- The 2021 awards and recognition ceremony
- A not-to-be missed opening keynote speech from Senator Rosa Galvez
- Closing panel on ‘Contaminated Sites in the Context of Indigenous Reconciliation,’ and
- 128 talks and 43 posters!
RPIC is run by professionals from the real property community for the benefit of the community. Don’t miss your chance to be part of the conversation! Register today.
If you have questions, reach out to RPIC or sign up for the RPIC newsletter to get the latest news. You can also follow along on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn for news about upcoming professional development opportunities.
2022 AGM & Conference
February 23-25, 2022
Alberta CLRA: Celebrating the profession; collaboration, education and engagement.
The Alberta Chapter of the Canadian Land Reclamation Association (CLRA) will be hosting its Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Conference in Red Deer, Alberta from Wednesday, February 23 – Friday, February 25, 2022. There will also be an online component for portions of the event.
The conference consists of:
- Sponsor Booths
- Two Days of Presentations
- Networking Opportunities
- Wednesday Evening Reception
- Thursday Evening Social, Banquet, and Awards
- CLRA Alberta Annual General Meeting
Call for Abstracts
Deadline: December 1, 2021 midnight.
2022 Conference Theme:
“Alberta CLRA: Celebrating the profession; collaboration, education and engagement.”
The online ‘Abstracts Submission Form’ must be used for all abstract submissions. No other format will be accepted.
The review of abstracts will take between 4 and 6 weeks from the abstract deadline. The program committee aims to communicate selections by mid-January 2022.
Abstract Submission Form: https://pheedloop.com/CLRAAB2022/proposal/start/?call=CAL72ZC8M65S686
Join us in Vancouver!
January 26-28, 2022
Hello Environment and Engineering Executives –
The Canadian Environmental & Engineering Executives Conference (CE3C) will be held from Jan. 26-28, 2022 in Vancouver and we’re excited to finally get together again in person. Speakers have been confirmed, the program is finalized and many of your peers in the environment and engineering community have already registered. Will you be joining us?
Since its inception in 2018, CE3C has built a reputation as the ‘must attend’ networking event for senior leadership in Canada’s environment and engineering community and we urge you to make plans to attend. We will be enforcing a double vaccination policy for every attendee and the conference venue has unique UN-style desks and microphones for everyone to ensure a safe, welcoming and connected conference environment.
Plan to attend not just for the stellar speaker lineup and the once-a-year quality networking with top executives, but also to enjoy the fun cocktail reception at the Terminal City Club and a five-star dinner experience overlooking Vancouver harbour. We have secured special hotel room rates and the mountains are beautiful at that time of year so maybe you can bring your spouse and get some skiing in while you’re there!
Wetland Knowledge Exchange November 2021 Webinar
Registration for this free webinar can be found at: https://www.eventbrite.ca/
This event is part of the Wetland Knowledge Exchange’s monthly webinar series.
The Knowledge Exchange provides a forum for sharing and exchanging boreal wetland BMP information with a network of industry, government, academic, consulting, not-for-profit, and other interested contacts from across the country. The Knowledge Exchange was developed to address a need for increased information transfer and collaboration that was identified by participants of the Wetlands Best Management Practices Workshop hosted by Ducks Unlimited Canada in January of 2016.
The Knowledge Exchange is supported and administered by Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) and membership is free and open to anyone who wishes to join, so please consider sharing this invitation with anyone you think might be interested in participating. You can subscribe to the Knowledge Exchange’s newsletter here to receive a monthly electronic newsletter covering wetland BMP events, studies, demonstrations, products, news, and other related information.
ESAA Job Board
Check out the new improved ESAA Job Board. Members can post ads for free.
- Intermediate Environmental Scientist / Project Manager – Arletta Environmental Consulting Corp.
- Senior Environmental Scientist- Reporting Lead –
- Environmental Project Manager –
- Environmental Scientist (2) –
- Principal Hydrogeologist –
- Project Controller –
- Senior Air Quality Scientist –
- Senior Geotechnical Engineer – SLR Consulting
- Intermediate/Senior Environmental Specialist – Summit, An Earth Services Company
- Remediation Specialist/Environmental Engineer – Summit, An Earth Services Company
- Intermediate/Senior Environmental Specialist (Multiple) – Summit, An Earth Services Company
- Labourer (2) – Summit, An Earth Services Company
- Intermediate Environmental Consultant – GCL Environmental
- Reclamation Coordinator – Tree Time Services
- Intermediate Environmental Scientist – NorthWind Land Resources
- Senior Reclamation/Remediation Specialist –
- Field Level Supervisor –
- Lead Crew Hand –
- Environmental Compliance Administrator –
- Reclamation Specialist –
- Chemistry Technician –
- Intermediate Environmental Professional –
- Junior Environmental Professional –