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Irving Shipbuilding funds Verschuren Centre’s marine biofuel technology testing

June 13, 2023
By Canadian Manufacturing

(Left to right) Tharindu Suraweera-Arachchilage – Bio Manufacturing Scientist I, and Roger Gumbau-Brisa – Carbon Transformation Senior Scientist, analyzing data in the Verschuren Centre testing lab, Sydney, NS. Photo supplied.

Irving Shipbuilding announced their $545,000 commitment to the Green Harbour Project by the Verschuren Centre in Sydney, N.S. The Green Harbour Project aims to make Halifax Harbour a net zero emitter by 2050, making it a leader in green technology.

The project will be tailored to each stakeholder’s decarbonization needs and monitor progress over time, with milestones at year 2030, 2040, and 2050.

“Irving Shipbuilding is leading the way with vital funding that supports our first steps in understanding Halifax harbour’s carbon footprint on the path to mitigating greenhouse gas emissions. Others in the harbour are already taking proactive steps, such as the electrification of the ferries. The modelling we do will enable others to map their own path, provided they have sufficient data to engage and partner in deploying both biofuel, digital and future decarbonizing technologies,” said Beth Mason, president and CEO, Verschuren Centre.

With Irving Shipbuilding’s support, the Verschuren Centre will work to test new technologies and share findings with Harbour partners to accelerate the path to net zero. This investment will go towards identifying the best biofuel technology for marine vessels, with three technologies currently identified for analysis and potential commercial use. These initiatives are crucial in achieving the emissions reduction targets of net zero by 2050, which aligns with the provincial and federal decarbonization goals.

“Our government knows that in order to better protect our environment and bring Canada to a net zero future by 2050, we need collective efforts. That is why Irving Shipyards’ investment in the Green Harbour Project, made under the National Shipbuilding Strategy’s Value Proposition, will help to make the Halifax Harbour cleaner and safer, while also helping us achieve our climate goals,” said the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry.

Irving Shipbuilding is a ship manufacturer, selected in 2011 to build the new fleet of combat vessels to the Royal Canadian Navy.

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