Shell, British Columbia, Ottawa team up on clean energy centre

VANCOUVER – British Columbia, Ottawa and Shell Canada join forces to open a center that will invest in low carbon technologies.

VANCOUVER – British Columbia, Ottawa and Shell Canada join forces to open a center that will invest in low carbon technologies.

Premier John Horgan says each of them will contribute $ 35 million in seed capital to stimulate other private sector investments in technologies such as carbon capture, the use of low-carbon hydrogen and battery technology.

The Center for Innovation and Clean Energy is slated to open this autumn, but a location for it has not yet been determined.

The goal of the center is to attract a range of companies and partners focused on BC-based clean energy technology.

Shell Canada president Susannah Pierce says the company is accelerating its plans to become a zero-emission energy products company.

She says she also works with sectors that are difficult to “decarbonise”.

“To meet the challenge of global climate change, companies and governments must act together to promote cleaner energy solutions,” she says.

Horgan told a news conference on Friday that the destruction caused by forest fires in Lytton shows that action is needed on climate change. A so-called heat dome drove temperatures in Lytton to a Canadian record close to 50 ° C the day before the fire destroyed much of the village and a nearby First Nation.

Horgan said the center’s goal is to focus on the future in order to reduce emissions.

“We need to change our behavior and that means that we have energy systems that meet the needs of the people, industry in our province and our country. And we have to do this in a way that is radically different from our past. ”

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on July 16, 2021.

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