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Cleantech could represent a $3.8 trillion economic opportunity globally by 2030 (ACTia, 2019). In 2019, Calgary was ranked one of the world’s top 15 cleantech ecosystems (Startup Genome, 2019) with more than 70 per cent of Alberta’s cleantech head offices located in the city (ACTia, 2019). Emerging strengths in delivering innovation in oil and gas, electricity and food and agriculture, are improving the competitiveness of Alberta’s leading economic sectors and companies while exporting solutions to the world.

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Chris Brown

Business Development Manager, Energy

Leaders in Cleantech Innovation

To be competitive going forward, oil and gas producers will need to continuously strive to lower costs, improve productivity and be leaders in environmentally responsible development. Innovation will be essential to future success. These companies are creating solutions to these challenges, right here in Calgary.  

Industry-led Innovation

Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance (COSIA) is an alliance of oil sands producers focused on collaborative action and innovation to accelerate the pace of improvement in environmental performance in Canada’s oil sands when it comes to greenhouse gases, land, water and tailings.

Clean Resources Innovation Network (CRIN) is a group of forward-thinking oil and gas industry professionals, policy makers, financiers, academics and students focused on accelerating commercialization of technology to make the hydrocarbon sector more effective, efficient and carbon-competitive.

Industry led Innovation

Changing the Game

Across all industries, cleantech is changing the way business is done.


The $20 million NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE is a global competition to develop breakthrough technologies that will convert CO₂ emissions from power plants and industrial facilities into valuable products like building materials, alternative fuels and other items that we use every day. 

Finalists include Calgary-based Carbon Upcycling Technologies (CUT) who, along with Newlight Technologies, are utilizing CO2 emissions to cultivate nanoparticles that enhance materials like concrete, plastics and batteries.

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Chris Brown

Chris Brown

Business Development Manager, Energy & Environment