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Alberta funds carbon emission research network

The Alberta government is spending $25 million on a new research network that will seek ways to cut carbon emissions from fossil fuels.
Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach, left, and Environment Minister Rob Renner made the carbon energy research announcement in Calgary on Thursday. ((CBC))

The Alberta government is spending $25 million on a new research network that will seek ways to cut carbon emissions from fossil fuels.

The network — to be called Carbon Management Canada Inc. and based at the University of Calgary — brings together 100 researchers from 21 Canadian universities to develop clean energy research and technology, Premier Ed Stelmach said in an announcement in Calgary on Thursday.

"Perhaps the biggest challenge our energy sector faces is the need to manage greenhouse gas emissions while remaining competitive," he said.

The network will focus on ways to cut greenhouse gas emissions in Canada's coal, natural gas, conventional oil and oilsands sectors.

The experts — from energy, environmental and social science backgrounds — will also be expected to work with people in industry, government and non-governmental organizations.

The funding will be delivered through Alberta's share of the Canada ecoTrust program, which allows provinces to choose projects they believe will be most effective in mitigating climate change.

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