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New competition supports climate change technology development


Kingston, ON – A new competition has been launched to develop technologies that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Organized by GreenCentre Canada, the program is called the InnovationHouse Chemistry Countering Climate Change Competition (IHC4 Competition).

Formed in 2009 and funded by Ontario’s provincial government, the federal government, and various industry partners, GreenCentre is a member of the Centres of Excellence for Commercialization and Research (CECR) and is headquartered at Innovation Park at Queen’s University in Kingston.

GreenCentre says the initiative provides it with another avenue to providing support to small-to-medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), researchers, and entrepreneurs looking to develop, de-risk, and scale up chemistry and materials-based innovations that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and counter climate change.

“GreenCentre Canada is well-positioned and committed to battle climate change, enabling entrepreneurs to become low-carbon technology leaders in the country and around the globe,” said Pete Pigott, executive director. “GreenCentre is proving to be a leader in combating climate change through Innovation.”

The integral role of chemistry in today’s economy means that chemistry innovations will be critical in the battle against climate change. However, reducing greenhouse gas emissions while enhancing economic prosperity and social well-being is not easy.

Through the IHC4 Competition GreenCentre will accept applications from innovators and entrepreneurs developing technologies that have the potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Finalists will be invited to present their technology, business case, and potential project to a panel of experts. They will be competing for the opportunity to access GreenCentre’s services and expertise to complete a development project, at no cost to the client.

The IHC4 competition guidelines, criteria, application and deadlines are available through GreenCentre’s InnovationHouse, www.gccinnovationhouse.com.