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Alberta invests in ERA clean technology challenge

July 19, 2018
By Government of Alberta

July 19, 2018 - The Alberta government and Emissions Reduction Alberta (ERA) are encouraging biotechnology, electricity and sustainable transportation innovators to develop new clean-technology projects to cut their energy costs, while reducing greenhouse gases.

The BEST Challenge supports industry with innovations

Up to $70 million is available through the Emissions Reduction Alberta (ERA) Biotechnology, Electricity and Sustainable Transportation (BEST) Challenge. The challenge will help attract new investment, create jobs, cut energy costs, deliver improved environmental outcomes and build a more diversified economy.

Funding for the program is provided by the government through ERA.

“We are looking for innovative technologies that will strengthen Alberta’s economy and reduce GHG emissions. This challenge reinforces the benefits of working across sectors to find clean technology solutions. As always, Albertans are the source of innovation and we are proud to support made-in-Alberta projects,” Shannon Phillips, Minister of Environment and Parks and Minister responsible for the Climate Change Office, said in a news release.

The three focus areas in the BEST Challenge — biotechnology, electricity and sustainable transportation — account for up to 40 per cent of Alberta’s annual GHG emissions.


ERA’s BEST Challenge is open to technology developers, industry, industrial associations, small and medium-sized enterprises, research and development organizations, post-secondary institutions, municipalities, not-for-profit organizations, government research labs and individuals. Collaboration and engagement with Alberta’s post-secondary and research institutions is encouraged.

“Working across sectors which share similar policy, technical and economic challenges increases the opportunity to break down barriers. Successful projects will reduce GHGs and accelerate scale-up of new value-added products and services that support economic growth, community health and environmental leadership on a local, national and global scale,” Steve MacDonald, CEO of Emissions Reduction Alberta, said.

Proposals can address a single industry or span across multiple industries. Eligible technologies can come from anywhere the world, but projects must be piloted, demonstrated or implemented in Alberta. One of the challenge’s focus areas is sustainable transportation. Through the challenge, ERA will seek new opportunities for supporting more fuel-efficient aviation technology.

Projects are selected through a rigorous and competitive process and the application deadline is Sept. 13, 2018. Interested applicants can visit ERA’s website to learn more.

ERA works with government, industry and innovators to accelerate the development and demonstration of innovative, emissions-reducing technologies.

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