Carbon Copy is a podcast about the technology, engineering and economics of a low carbon future.

Episode 26

Facilitating CleanTech Funding

In this episode, we speak with Tarek El Naggar, VC Associate at the Plug and Play Tech Centre, about the right moment for a startup to seek investment, navigating the investor community, and getting your clean tech project rolling. To learn more about the Plug and Play Tech Centre, visit

Episode 25

Building a Green Prairie Economy

In this episode, we speak with Derek Armstrong, former Manager of Innovation Ecosystems at Prairies Economic Development Canada, about the barriers to innovation in Canada, what can be done to help companies overcome these barriers, and what makes the prairies a unique place to do business.

Episode 24

Epowering SMEs

In this episode we speak with Samantha Irwin, manager at Exergy Solutions, about our partnership on the Barriers to Commercialization study, the ecosystem of groups supporting innovation in Alberta, and how to get great ideas out into the world.

Special Episode

GHGT-17: Carbon Capture Collaboration

In this episode, we talk to Tim Dixon, head of IGHG, to learn more about the GHGT conference; the foremost event on greenhouse gas mitigation technologies. GHGT Conference is taking place in 2024 in Calgary and brought to you by Emissions Reductions Alberta, so we sat down to discuss the significance of this international event, explore the cutting-edge advancements in CCUS technologies, and discuss how global partnerships are pivotal in achieving emission reduction targets.

Episode 23

Monitoring Methane from Space

In this episode, we speak with Stanley Opara, Solutions Architect at GHGSat, about how they’re using satellites to detect methane emissions at the facility level and the technology’s potential on a global scale.


Episode 22

Scaling Startups and SMEs

In this episode, we talk with Jeannette Jackson, CEO of Foresight, about accelerating cleantech solutions in Alberta and Canada by helping new ventures get to market and scale faster.

Episode 21

Innovation at the Margins

In this episode, we speak with Lisa Mueller, President and CEO of FutEra Power Corp, about evolving existing assets with new and innovative solutions to usher in a new era of clean energy that could spur an entirely new industry in the province.

Episode 20

Automation & Emissions

In this episode, we talk with Nannette Ho-Covernton and Brian Van Vliet of Spartan Controls, about the power of automation, reducing emissions in industry, and hitting 100 million tonnes of reductions in Western Canada by 2030.

Episode 19

Smarter Buildings

In this episode, we talk with Alan Zurakowski, Senior VP of Strategic Alliances at Shift Energy, about using software to make hardware more efficient, integrating with new and old systems, and how to balance the needs of a lot of people using buildings in different ways.

Episode 18

Women In Energy Transformation

Inspired by the Women in Energy Transformation Series, this episode of Carbon Copy is a first-of-its-kind podcast that features a discussion with four leaders in Alberta’s clean-tech sector.

Host Isabella Tarasco, Strategic Initiatives + Programs Manager with Emissions Reduction Alberta, spoke with Vanessa White, Director, Renewable + Alternative Energy at Alberta Innovates, Heather Stephens, Chief Operating Officer of Emissions Reduction Alberta, and Ana Maria Radu, Senior Manager, Climate Policy at TC Energy. 

Episode 17

Money in Manure

In this episode, we talk with Karen Schuett, co-founder and CEO of Livestock Water Recycling, about a technology we can use to make our farms more sustainable by extracting micronutrients from waste and creating clean water economically.

Episode 16

Creating Cleaner Cement

In this episode we talk with Stephanie Voysey, Head of Sustainability and Environment for Western Canada with Lafarge Canada, about decarbonizing cement production and turning limestone into skyscrapers.

Episode 15

Forests and Trees

In this episode, we talk to Cameron Jones, Co-founder and COO of Flash Forest, about using trees to capture carbon, creating seed pods to match ecosystems, and acting fast after forest fires.

Episode 14

Singles and Doubles

In this episode, we talk to Scott Volk, technology and innovation lead at Tourmaline about converting diesel powered drilling rigs to run on cleaner fuels, using the same energy management software that controls renewable microgrids around the world.

Episode 13

A Big Ugly Battery

In this episode, we talk to Neil Camarta, co-founder of Enlighten, about stumbling on a way to produce and store a near-zero emissions energy source while developing a cost-effective, low-sulphur marine fuel.

Episode 12

All About the People

In this episode, we talk to ERA’s outgoing CEO, Steve MacDonald, about his six-plus years leading the organization and his lasting legacy of people and projects.

Episode 11

Making Sense of Data with AI

In this episode, we talk to Benjamin Kemp from Ambyint about artificial intelligence and its role in lowering costs and streamlining operations across our energy industry.

Episode 10

Cleaning the World's Wastewater

In this episode, we talk to Ben Sparrow from Saltworks about industrial waste water treatment, desalination, and pioneering the future of sustainable water.

Episode 9

The Zero Carbon Grid, Pt. 2

In the second of two parts, Mark explores electrical energy storage with Joe Zhou of Quidnet.

Episode 8

The Zero Carbon Grid, Pt. 1

In the first of two parts, Mark explores electrical energy storage with Chelsea Donelon and Dan Martin of Transalta Energy.

Episode 7

Rethinking Hydropower

In this episode, we talk with Gia Schneider from Natel Energy about a new kind of hydropower built around a new kind of turbine.

Episode 6

Storing Emissions in Roads, Bridges, and Buildings

In this episode, we talk with Rob Niven from CarbonCure about the future of concrete and how we build.

Episode 5

The Energy Beneath Our Feet, Pt. 2

In the second of two parts, Mark explores geothermal and the energy beneath our feet with John Redfern of Eavor Technologies.

Episode 4

The Energy Beneath Our Feet, Pt. 1

In the first of this two part series, Mark explores SAGD thief zones and getting the most out of the energy beneath our feet, with Julian Ortiz from ConocoPhillips.

Episode 3

Battling the Burps

In this episode, we talk with emissions consultant Karen Haugen-Kozyra about methane, cows, and how the beef industry is battling the burps.


Special Episode: Grand Challenge Retrospective

In this special episode, Mark talks with Elizabeth Shirt, Executive Director of Policy and Strategy with Emissions Reduction Alberta, about the vision and history of ERA’s Grand Challenge: Innovative Carbon Uses.

Episode 2

Unlocking Hydrogen

In this episode we learn how to unlock the power hidden inside the most abundant element in the universe; hydrogen. Mark discusses hydrogen fuel cells and the future of transportation with energy system expert Dr. David Layzell.

Episode 1

The Capture and Use of Carbon Dioxide

In this first episode of Carbon Copy we learn about the capture and use of carbon dioxide. Mark talks with Issam Dairanieh, Operating Partner at Ascent Capital Holdings; Apoorv Sinha, President of Carbon Upcycling Technologies Inc.; and Brett Henkel, Vice President of Strategic Accounts & Government Affairs for Inventys.

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About Carbon Copy

Join ERA as we dive into the topics and technology innovations that are critical to delivering sustainable environmental outcomes, attracting investment, and building a diversified, lower carbon economy. Carbon Copy, a new podcast from ERA, takes a closer look at the technologies and people that will change our climate impact and help reshape Alberta’s economy.