In October 2016, ERA launched the $40 Million Methane Challenge to develop technologies that address methane detection, methane quantification, or reduction of methane emissions in Alberta. Submissions closed in mid-December and ERA announced funding commitments to 12 innovative methane-reducing technology projects in July 2017 (see full details here). Below is the Guidelines and Instructions Document for Full Project Proposals along with supporting documents for the Methane Challenge.
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ERA is committed to delivering real solutions that provide definitive change. This call for proposals is meant to advance technology that has been proven conceptually but is not commercially operational in Alberta.
Project development stage can range from:
The climate change impact of methane is significant — 25 times greater than carbon dioxide over a 100-year period. The Alberta Climate Leadership Plan aims to reduce methane emissions by 45% by 2025.
ERA is well positioned to play a role in supporting medium- and longer-term methane emissions reduction.
The oil and gas industry is responsible for 70% of Alberta’s methane emissions.
Agriculture represents 22% of Alberta’s methane emissions, while waste management (e.g. landfills) is responsible for 6% of methane emissions.
ERA is a key partner in addressing Alberta’s Climate Leadership priorities. We receive grants from government to enable us to fulfil our mandate. This funding is sourced from the Climate Change and Emissions Management Fund, one of the options Large Final Emitters can use to comply with the Specified Gas Emitters Regulation.
ERA works collaboratively with government, industry and other stakeholders. Together, we can build a better province for future generations.