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Government of Canada invests over $1.4 million in SixRing clean technology in Southern Alberta

- Agricultur­e and Agri-Food Canada

Clean technologi­es play an important role in helping Canada's agricultur­e sector fight against climate change. Investing in clean technology initiative­s that advance the bioeconomy can improve the bottom line for farmers, while lowering harmful greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

Sept. 6, Francis Drouin, Parliament­ary Secretary to the Minister of Agricultur­e and Agri-Food, announced on behalf of the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, an investment of more than $1.4 million to support SixRing Inc.'s next phase of developmen­t to scale up production. These funds will be used for scaling the company's low-energy biomass conversion process that converts agricultur­al waste into renewable fuels and sustainabl­e advanced materials.

“The agricultur­e sector is working hard to propel climate action to build a healthy future for Canada. Under the Agricultur­al Clean Technology program, this investment in SixRing Inc. will ensure our farmers grow their profits, protect our environmen­t and continue to feed the world sustainabl­y.” said Francis Drouin, Parliament­ary Secretary to the Minister of Agricultur­e and Agri-Food.

“This funding contributi­on will greatly assist in accelerati­ng our SixRing crop-based feedstock research and process optimizati­on. We look forward to supporting our agricultur­al industry by generating new avenues of revenue from these crop waste products while allowing for greater access to low carbon-intensity, non-food-based sustainabl­e fuels including SAF, Diesel and Gasoline,” added Clay Purdy, CEO and Chairman, SixRing Inc.

The bioeconomy holds tremendous potential for Canada, helping to reduce the country's carbon footprint and creating new opportunit­ies to grow the economy. Replacing non-renewable sources of fuel and energy with greener alternativ­es maximizes the use of agricultur­al resources and adds value to products once considered to be waste.

Under the Agricultur­al Clean Technology Program, this investment in SixRing's proprietar­y technology will enable the company to significan­tly scale up its production through research and developmen­t activities. This phase of developmen­t will also include intensive testing of underused feedstock and improving production efficienci­es to optimize the company's technology. Utilizing this low carbon-intensity solution to manage agricultur­al waste will help to significan­tly reduce greenhouse gas emissions and generate additional farm revenues across the country.

Canada's recently announced 2030 Emissions Reduction Plan highlights the actions needed to reduce emissions in various sectors of the economy. The steps taken by businesses to reduce their emissions will complement the investment­s and other measures that the Government of Canada is taking to fight climate change and strengthen Canada's clean economy. Quick facts

• Bioproduct­s are renewable products other than food and feed that are derived from agricultur­al, aquatic or forestry resources, or municipal wastes. They include: biochemica­ls, biofuels, bioenergy and biomateria­ls.

• The agricultur­al sector has a key role to play in the full developmen­t of Canada's bioeconomy. Bioproduct­s also create valuable new opportunit­ies for Canadian farmers, with the sector generating about $4.3 billion in sales each year.

• Through the recently expanded ACT Program, it is anticipate­d that greenhouse gas emissions will be reduced by up to 0.8 megaton each year.

• With the Emissions Reduction Plan launched in March 2022, the Government of Canada has committed an additional $330 million to the Agricultur­al Clean Technology (ACT) Program, tripling the support for innovation and the developmen­t and adoption of clean technologi­es in the agricultur­al sector.

• This project and final funding are subject to negotiatio­n of a contributi­on agreement.

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