There are efforts underway today across Canada to reduce the climate impact of heavy industrial products, while also developing new markets and seizing economic opportunities. The technology that gets us there is CO2 conversion, and Canada is currently the world leader. But Canada needs to continue to invest in this exciting and growing sector, as other countries — specifically Japan and Germany — set their sights on dominating CO2 conversion technology.

The ideal example of Canada’s leadership is here in Montreal at Carbicrete. Founded by McGill alumni, Carbicrete has been recognized for their breakthrough technologies using CO2 conversion to produce environmentally friendly concrete, and are semifinalists in the international Carbon XPRIZE competition. Both federal and provincial governments provide policy support for CO2 technology development to make this possible in the first place, and education centres — including McGill’s Faculty of Science and the Department of Electrical Engineering at Polytechnique Montréal, among others — help develop the next generation of clean technology innovators and leaders.

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