• Burnaby, British Columbia, has become one of the largest municipalities to start collecting used cooking oil from residences in order to recycle the oil into biodiesel. This is the first comprehensive initiative to get the residential market to deliver their used cooking oil to a central depot to be collected by Effective Resource Management, Inc. (ERM). ERM believes that this program could lead to similar initiatives being launched across the province and throughout western Canada.

The government of Alberta has invited EPCOR to submit more detailed proposals for its two carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects that were submitted during the Expression of Interest phase of the province's $2 billion CCS funding program under the climate change action plan. EPCOR has indicated that the next steps will require that it prepare a fully integrated full project proposal with specific information on capturing, transporting and storing carbon dioxide emissions, and that work has already begun to design and engineer the Genesee IGCC project which is the first commercial-scale, near-zero-emission, thermal power plant in Canada with the potential to capture more than 1.25 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions a year.

  • Shell unveiled plans to begin a $20-million research project on storing carbon dioxide that could eventually result in one million tonnes of carbon dioxide from the Scotford upgrader injected down deep wells. The upgrader is near Fort Saskatchewan, about 30 kilometres northeast of Edmonton. The field tests are expected to be completed by June 2010. Engineering and design work on the bitumen upgraders to add carbon capture is already in progress.