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  • 03 May 2021 11:04 PM | Anonymous

    Often, we do not understand the true value of standards, and how strategic they are. This summation below, explains how the Geo-Exchange Standard developed so that more projects could be undertaken with confidence in the design and installation.

    In the late 80’s in Europe and North America was in its 15th year since the commercialization of Geo-Exchange (low enthalpy geothermal). Thanks to many passionate devout believers such as Professors (Bowes, Kavanough etc.), universities, manufacturers, contractors and IGHSPA, who tried not to let the installation quality deteriorate and become the Wild West.

    Canada had a history going back to 1948 with Prof Frank Hooper (University of Toronto) who did a study for Toronto Power Commission. In the mid 80’s, a 120-home pilot project in Toronto showed that different soils / different grout, can fail in 15% of the cases around the province. Ontario Hydro discovered and concluded that “ice Lensing” was occurring. Direct expansion was used in many cases, some successful and some not. Some Heat pump manufactures went out of business as a result. Carl Orio, invented/developed, properly engineered standing column wells, others imitated and failed. Training from Manufactures, IGSPA, and Universities were the providing parties of guidelines for the industry so that properly sized and installed systems would minimize failure, and thus, grow the industry. Electrical utilities saw the benefits to promote geothermal for many reasons, including load levelling, and were willing to offer incentives such as grants. The group wanted the system to provide 90% of the yearly energy from the ground (minimize auxiliary) and help this “grass roots” technology that was not a utility, to have consistent quality, longevity of life, minimal maintenance, save energy, and reduce GHGs.

    Ontario Hydro represented by Frank Lenarduzzi and Dave Young, suggested a (Canadian Standard/Guideline) along with many on the original stakeholders in many cases competitors, joined to help produce a better product for the market. Attached are the original CSA board members and Commercial board members. Two of these members Gino Di Rezze, and Robert Mancini are and still have been continually on the board for these 30 years. Some are still in the industry and as passionate as ever of the business they helped to develop. There are other names but too many to mention.

    The original CSA Standard, with the help of many good people, has evolved to Include the giant USA market via a Bi-National, and IGHSPA addition. At this point as the original members, we thought we would give you a snippet of real history of the “little standard that grew” and pay homage to the original visionaries that invested their time with passion in a product that they hope is a solution to Climate Change. These Committee members have believed in this for decades.

    Gino Di Rezze P.Eng. Robert Mancini P.Eng.



  • 22 Apr 2021 11:02 PM | Anonymous

    OSEA's Earth Day Webinar is available to watch on Youtube to learn more about the values and impacts of ESG on the clean energy sector. 


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  • 08 Apr 2021 9:01 AM | Anonymous


    OSEA would like to present Toronto Clean Energy Partnership Webinar Event: Decarbonization of Cooling and Heating in Cities- Canadian and Finish collaboration. This webinar commences on April 20-21 2021 from 9 AM-1030AM EST. To register for this event, please, click the link -> https://decarbonizing-heating-cooling-can-fin.b2match.io/

  • 26 Mar 2021 10:20 PM | Anonymous

    ONEIA, a partner of OSEA, is hosting an exciting webinar event focusing on the expansion of the environmental business, cleantech sector and related policy forums. This informative event will be held from May 4-7 and May 11-13 2021. Please, register for this event on their website. 



  • 09 Mar 2021 4:38 PM | Anonymous

    Canada’s services export sector accounts for the bulk of our economic activity, showing unmatched growth over the past two decades. And if you’ve ever sold a professional service to someone outside Canada, you’re a part of it.

    In our new webinar, Selling your services to the world: How to find new markets, our trade experts will reveal how service-oriented small businesses can take advantage of new opportunities for expansion and identify emerging international markets. 

    Join us live on Thursday, March 11, 2021 from 1 to 2 p.m. ET to discover:

    • The economic outlook for the Canadian services sector and key findings 
    • How you can take advantage of free trade agreements like CPTPP, CETA and CUSMA
    • The overall impact of COVID-19 on the sector and the road to recovery
    • How one Canadian company has succeeded in sustaining and expanding their export operations
    • Top emerging market opportunities for Canadian services exports

    Our panel

    Moderator

    Stephen Tapp headshot, EDC

    Stephen TappDeputy Chief EconomistExport Development Canada

    Speakers

    Meena Aier headshot, EDC

    Meena AierSenior Economist, Research and Analysis DepartmentEDC Economics

    Darren Smith headshot, EDC

    Darren SmithDirector, Services Trade Policy DivisionGlobal Affairs Canada

    Tanya C. Walker headshot, EDC

    Tanya C. WalkerLawyer and Managing PartnerWalker Law


    Registration: https://www.edc.ca/en/events/webinar/selling-your-services-to-the-world-how-to-find-new-markets.html?utm_source=eloqua&utm_medium=edc-email&utm_campaign=ac-kbs_webinar-services-sector&utm_content=link_invite2_feb-21_e

  • 17 Jan 2021 11:52 AM | Anonymous

                


    CLIMATE FINANCE WEBINAR 

    “THE FINANCING CONTINUUM FOR CLEAN ENERGY SOLUTIONS” 

    DATE: JANUARY 7TH, 2021 - 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM 

    MODERATOR: TRISH NIXON, Director, Capital & Investments, VCIB /CoPower 


    Please click the link below to learn more about this exciting event! 


    FINAL CLIMATE FINANCE WEBINAR .pdf

  • 16 Dec 2020 3:46 PM | Anonymous

    How best do we address climate change while ensuring we retain energy reliability in Canada?

    Solving pressing climate change issues:

    According to Natural Resources Canada, today our electricity grid today is 82% carbon-free. But our overall energy system is comprised of both electricity and natural gas and produces carbon or methane from several sources such as oil and gas, industrial plants, processing, landfills, transportation, buildings, and homes. Canada is entirely within its own control to move us toward a lower carbon footprint. Canada must first embrace innovative technologies to transition towards a low carbon economy, ensuring our technology companies have a “home court advantage” to enter export-markets.

    What are the technology options?

    The technology options are varied, but the premise is that we need to move to greater electrification of our building stock and transportation. By enhancing regulatory policy, strategic government incentives, codes and standards, and broadening financing, we achieve a full “value chain impact”: 

    • Ensure energy efficiency (and new LEED Buildings) remains the least-cost option to reduce energy consumption and install energy efficiency technologies that offer the deepest carbon reductions.
    • Boost industry capacity for installing geoexchange, the most space-efficient heating and cooling technology with decades of installations, building codes, and accepted CSA standards.
    • Support the development of distributed energy resources (DERs) or mini-grids including AI, with appropriate policy to avoid placing a burden on our local electric systems.
    • Encourage energy storage deployment to defer grid (T&D) investments, thereby more reliably backing up increasing amounts of intermittent solar and wind technologies.
    • Grow the bioeconomy in the north using biomass fuelled by locally sourced wood pellets.
    • Green our natural gas supply with increasing use of renewable natural gas (RNG).
    • Invest in scaled-up power-to-gas using electrolizers for storage in our gas distribution network.
    • Produce surplus hydrogen from our nuclear reactor fleet (off-peak) to deploy in HDVs.
    • Electrify fleets, install L-2/L-3 chargers, conduct pilots to mitigate load impacts on utilities.
    • Invest in cybersecurity protection to enhance operations of smart grid and electric vehicle (EV) deployments.
    • Support carbon capture, waste to energy, and other circular economy technologies.

    How to achieve a low-carbon society

    At the end of the day, there’s not one single policy, one single technology, or one single incentive, that will achieve a low carbon society in Canada. Rather, it’s moving forward to embrace innovative technologies as costs come down, better urban planning to include the smarter use of energy, and to recognize the full life cycle impacts of our decisions that will ensure we move in the right direction.

    Clean technology has the potential to greatly reduce and mitigate the negative impacts of climate change and achieve a low carbon society. 

    https://www.innovatingcanada.ca/campaigns/cleantech-innovation-2020/?utm_source=client&utm_medium=social


  • 11 Nov 2020 2:17 PM | Anonymous


    By: Anthony Dearden

    The case for patent protection of cleantech can sometimes be more easily made than for other technologies.  For example, intellectual property embodied purely in intangible software can sometimes face stiffer resistance from a patent office for being too abstract, resulting in protracted and more costly prosecution.  With national policy paving the way for heavy investment in environmentally clean technologies, cleantech's capital-intensive innovations often demand robust IP protection, especially in the form of patents, as a means of safeguarding the ability to leverage the IP over the long term for increased revenue generation. 

    Justifying the substantial R&D and manufacturing costs associated with cleantech can therefore require that the technology be exported to foreign markets.  While Canadian companies commonly file to protect their technology in Canada and the US, so too should Canadian owners of cleantech consider investing in IP protection outside of North America.  Securing IP in markets other than those of Canada and the US can assist companies in maximizing the value attached to their proprietary technology, and can provide them with the ability to leverage the technology under their own terms.  Conversely, cleantech that is not adequately protected where it is being used risks being devalued, and opens the door to third parties profiting from the innovation at the owner's expense. 

    Beyond the United States, Europe presents an attractive market for Canadian cleantech companies looking to expand internationally.  The scale of growth of cleantech in Europe is readily apparent from patent filings alone.  Filings at the European Patent Office (EPO) have generally seen an exponential growth over the last decade, with filings relating to hybrid vehicles, carbon capture, and nuclear seeing a nearly 150% to 300% increase, and filings for wind and solar energy likewise experiencing a nearly eight-fold increase.

    For Canadian cleantech companies considering filing for patent protection in Europe, it is first important to bear in mind some key differences between the IP systems of North America and those of Europe.

    A centralized application process

    Although efforts are still ongoing to bring about a single, unitary patent right covering multiple European countries, at present there does not exist a single, pan-European patent right.  However, the process of applying for a patent in Europe is relatively streamlined, and applicants can apply centrally, with a single application, via the EPO.  Once the patent application is granted by the EPO, the patentee has the flexibility to pick and choose in which specific countries they would like the patent to take effect.  The European patent is then split into a bundle of separate national rights.  Therefore, while the European application is pending, applicants benefit from the flexibility of retaining provisional rights in any number of European countries, without yet being required to commit to the jurisdictions in which protection is ultimately desired.

    European oppositions

    Because of the manner in which a single European application often leads to multiple national patents, attacking a competitor's European patent family can be a daunting and expensive prospect.  An exception to this general rule is the European opposition procedure.  For a 9-month window following grant, a European patent can be challenged at the EPO by filing a so-called opposition.  If successful, the European patent is deemed never to have existed, and all national rights stemming from the patent are revoked.  European oppositions therefore provide a very cost-effective means of centrally attacking a recently granted European patent.

    No grace period and a strict standard for priority claims

    Unlike in Canada and the US, a one-year grace period is not recognized in Europe, meaning that a prior disclosure of an invention anywhere in the world can be fatal to a European patent filing.  In addition to this, the EPO applies a very strict standard for recognizing a priority claim made in respect of an earlier-filed application.  Even relatively minor developments to an invention can result in the right to priority being lost, which when coupled with the lack of a grace period can pose a threat to effective patent protection if, for example, the technology has been publicly deployed after the provisional filing but before a subsequent non-provisional filing. Thus, whereas the North American patent systems offer applicants some protection against IP that has been disclosed prior to a patent filing, companies considering filing abroad, especially in Europe, should seriously consider getting on file at least a provisional application fully describing and claiming an invention before any public disclosure takes place.  In addition, it is especially important that developments to the technology be kept secret after the provisional filing, until they are included in a later-filed non-provisional application.

    Ownership

    Ensuring that ownership of IP is properly accounted for is a general tenet of any sound IP strategy.  In Europe, it is especially important for the transfer of ownership to be completed prior to filing a non-provisional application (such as a Patent Cooperation Treaty [PCT] application) that claims priority to an earlier-filed provisional application.  Absent a complete transfer of ownership from all inventors to the applicant(s) of the non-provisional application, it is possible, for instance, for a PCT application filed by the employer to not be entitled to the priority date of the provisional application.  This quirk of European patent law can have an unintended consequence in the event that an invention was disclosed during the priority year.  Once again, Europe's lack of a grace period, when coupled with the loss of a priority right, can result in new subject-matter contained in a PCT application being found not novel and consequently unpatentable.  Therefore, while it is generally advisable for companies that have filed a provisional application to ensure as soon as possible that rights in the IP are appropriately transferred to the company, with Europe in mind it is especially important to do so before the subsequent non-provisional application is filed. 

    Key differences between the European and North American patent systems, such as the ones above, underscore the importance of properly capturing key technology in an early first filing.  While also good practice for Canada and the US, a robust priority filing may particularly benefit the applicant and increase the value of the IP in Europe. 

    If you are a Canadian cleantech company interested in filing for patent protection in Europe, contact Anthony Dearden for more information.

    https://gowlingwlg.com/en/insights-resources/articles/2020/patenting-cleantech-in-europe-global-market-canada/?utm_source=vuture&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=vuture/


  • 09 Nov 2020 7:45 AM | Anonymous



    Nov 06, 2020

    Geoffrey Morgan 

    CALGARY – In a sign of the changing environment in the oilpatch, North America’s largest pipeline company Enbridge Inc. set new net-zero emissions targets Friday and outlined how the company sees the global energy transition from carbon-based energy to renewables playing out over the next few decades.

    Enbridge’s target of net-zero emissions by 2050 aligns the Calgary-based pipeline and utilities giant with the country’s three largest oil producers Canadian Natural Resources Ltd., Suncor Energy Inc. and Cenovus Energy Inc., along with European oil majors Royal Dutch Shell Plc, Total SA and BP Plc. — all of whom have adopted net-zero targets.

    “Sustainability is integral to our ability to safely and reliably deliver the energy people need and want,” said Al Monaco, president of Enbridge. “How well we perform as a steward of our environment, a safe operator of essential energy infrastructure, and as a diverse and inclusive employer is inextricably linked to our business success and our ability to create long-term value for all stakeholders.”

    The move comes as the Canadian oilpatch is facing extreme pressure from influential pension funds and fund managers to reduce its carbon footprint, the federal government’s stringent environmental policy measures, and companies’ fears of being excluded from ESG-indexes which are attracting billions of dollars from a growing number of eco-conscious retail and institutional investors.

    “We expect energy companies to focus on this aspect of ESG more closely given increasing institutional interest. It is by addressing all components of ESG that the Canadian energy industry can move away from its international reputation as “dirty” or higher GHG oil and increase the understanding of practical initiatives that lower carbon intensity and help improve the livelihood of those in local communities,” wrote Dennis Fong, an analyst with The Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, in a note in October.

    The industry is also watching a changing political landscape in its biggest market south of the border, with the possible election of former vice-president Joe Biden as the next president of the country. Renewable energy and transitioning away from oil are key planks of the Democrat challenger’s economic policy.

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    Republican President Donald Trump had officially withdrawn from the Paris Agreement, but as Biden appears poised to win the election, he has vowed America will rejoin the global climate change accord in “77 days.”

    The Canadian industry is embarking on its own green wave, regardless of new environmental policy measures that may be implemented by a possible new U.S. administration.

    A net zero target is a great response, given the growing requirements from investors, governments and society

    Benjamin Israel, Pembina Institute

    This week, the governments of Canada and Alberta signed a deal on methane emissions reduction targets, wherein the federal government accepted the oil-producing province’s target of reducing methane emissions 45 per cent below 2014 levels by 2025. Alberta also recently outlined a natural gas strategy to facilitate the global energy transition.

    The moves by Enbridge and upstream producers Canadian Natural and Suncor to set net-zero targets and reduce emissions are an encouraging sign across the oil and gas value chain, said Pembina Institute’s Benjamin Israel.

    “I think Enbridge announcing a net zero target is a great response, especially given the growing stringent requirements from investors, governments and society,” said Israel, a fossil fuels analyst, adding that as the industry makes these pledges, they could go a step further by reducing the emissions intensity of the oil and gas flowing through the pipelines.

    Enbridge ships the bulk of Canadian oil exports to U.S. refineries primarily in the Midwest, and has faced delays and challenges on a number of pipelines projects, including its Line 3 replacement project in Minnesota, and its Line 5 tunnel project in Michigan, amid opposition from environmental and local groups.

    An Enbridge gas pipeline exploded in Ohio.

    Enbridge sees opportunity in such emerging areas as renewable natural gas. Photo by Brent Lewin/Bloomberg

    In a move to reduce environmental scrutiny surrounding its operations, the midstream company set a target of net-zero emissions by 2050 and also pledged to reduce its emissions by 35 per cent by 2030. At the same time the company intends to diversify its board by appointing women to at least 40 per cent of board positions and have visible minorities represent 20 per cent of positions by 2025.

    In an investor call Friday, Al Monaco said the company continues to see opportunities in offshore wind projects, in solar projects and also in emerging fields such as renewable natural gas and hydrogen projects.

    “Global energy demand will rise in the next two decades, driven by population growth and an increasing middle class and urbanization,” Monaco said, noting that energy demand in developing countries is expected to rise by at least 35 per cent.

    “We’re going to need all sources of supply to meet demand until at least 2040 and very likely beyond,” Monaco said, adding that hydrocarbon-based energy would still be in demand in 2040 given growing energy demand and natural gas, in particular, “will dominate global energy.”

    “Some people call this the bridge (fuel) but in our view it’s an awfully long bridge,” Monaco said.

    The company’s most recent sustainability report shows that Enbridge emitted 6.5 million tonnes of CO2 in 2019 from its operations, including natural gas combustion. The company also counted just shy of seven million tonnes of CO2 emissions from electricity it purchased and consumed in the same year. All told, a 35 per cent reduction translates to a 4.71 million tonne CO2 emissions reduction for the company.

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    Enbridge plans to reduce its emissions intensity and overall emissions through a combination of replacing old equipment and changing how its existing equipment is powered by installing additional solar arrays, chief sustainability officer Pete Sheffield said.

    "It's an awfully long bridge" Enbridge president Al Monaco

    The new targets, he said, are also tied to employee and executive bonus compensation across the organization.

    Projects and operations such as cogeneration, carbon capture and sequestration, CO2 flooding, and wind farms are not only helping to improve the GHG intensity of the electrical grid (equivalent to removing over 4.5 million cars annually from the road), but they are also driving lower supply costs for producers at competitive rates of return, CIBC’s Fong wrote.

    “Full adoption of ESG-based investing is becoming a major focus, and appropriate and fulsome disclosure standards are needed to improve both intra- and inter-industry comparability,” Fong said. “We believe the mass adoption of ESG-based portfolio management and appropriate carbon-related disclosure could provide better transparency for Western Canada’s role as a participant in the energy transition.”

    Still, Pembina’s Israel said, the commitments by large companies show that government can adopt more stringent environmental policies, as companies are making pledges that are more stringent than existing government targets.

    For example, Israel said the commitments by Enbridge take the company further than the United State’s own current emissions pledges. He likened the move to the way power companies in Alberta have shown they’ve been able to eliminate coal-fired emissions years earlier than the scheduled phase-out date of 2030.

    “It is great that there is a willingness in the sector to go beyond current policies,” Israel said.


    https://financialpost.com/commodities/blue-wave-or-not-a-green-wave-is-sweeping-the-canadian-oilpatch



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