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March 07, 2007— Ottawa, Ontario

Environmental technologies for Canada and the World

Nations around the world are placing an increasing emphasis on finding ways to reduce their impact on the environment. Issues related to clean water, clean air, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions are prevalent in discussions on the international scene.

Canada is no exception. A November 2006 Ipsos Reid survey confirmed that Canadians feel that the environment, more than any other issue, is a priority.

While this might seem like a new trend, over the last 20 years, NRC has stayed the course and has invested in environmental research to develop sustainable industrial technologies and practices critical for the protection and management of our environment.  

From the development of enzymes to help reduce the use of chlorine bleach in the production of paper, to the investigation of the impact of green roof infrastructure to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve air quality and to the reduction of fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions by heavy trucks, NRC can boast a successful track record in the development of leading edge environmental technologies that have already benefited all Canadians.  

In its recently released Strategy "Science at work for Canada", NRC recognizes that both energy and the environment are key issues of national importance. NRC will, therefore, continue to focus on this enduring issue and on moving its environmental technologies to the marketplace and to work closely with the many small and medium sized Canadian companies which thrive in the environmental technology and services sector while at the same time collaborating with other federal departments and agencies to maximize our impact. 

Through new environmental technologies and processes developed within our programs and labs, NRC isn't only working to solve some of today's key environmental issues but is also helping to position Canadian technology firms to compete in the global marketplace.

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