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The world is demanding significantly greater environmental stewardship from industry and the public sector. The environmental focus on Alberta’s oil and gas sector has resulted in a robust, and growing, environmental products and services sector within Edmonton.

This sector is built on Edmonton’s global reputation for excellence in:

Sector firms offer a wealth of marketable consulting services, technology development and specialty products.

Sector growth has been driven by the continuing expansion of Alberta’s energy sector, promotion of green or clean technology, public policies to protect the environment, new regulatory frameworks and increased public and private sector funding (Sustainable Development Technology Canada).

The Government of Alberta, either directly or through a range of government supported agencies such as Climate Change Central, Alberta Innovates – Energy and Environmental Solutions and Climate Change and Emissions Management Corporation (CCEMC), supports the development and implementation of strategies that:

  • reduce the negative environmental consequences of energy production,
  • conserve, and increase the efficient use of energy.

Environmental Services Opportunities in Edmonton, an excerpt from Edmonton’s Industrial Assets guide, provides more details on the opportunities, resources and the competitive advantages of locating your business in Edmonton.

Alberta’s Sector Highlights
  • Canadian green technology and services sector is projected to grow from $2.3 billion in 2010 to $3.7 billion by 2014.
  • Alberta is home to more than 1,300 companies with revenues of over $2.8 billion.
  • Alberta re-invests its carbon tax to fund research and pilot projects designed to stimulate transformational change through investments in climate change knowledge, clean technology development and operational deployment.
  • Alberta leads national expenditures in environmental protection activities relating to its resource sector.
  • Alberta’s oil and gas sector had the highest operating expenditures for environmental protection, reporting over $2 billion in site reclamation, decommissioning and pollution prevention processes.
  • Alberta’s workforce, with significant depth in engineering and expertise in natural resources planning and management, aligns well with skills needed for this growth sector.
  • Alberta is home to the largest remediation conference in Canada.
Sources: Greening the Economy, Federal-Municipal Policy Alignment, David Thompson, Sustainable Prosperity, 2012; Environmental Products and Services Profile, Province of Alberta 2013; http://ccemc.ca/about/; Statistics Canada, Environmental Protection Expenditures in Business Sector, 2010; The Green Jobs Map, ECO Canada, 2012
Edmonton’s Sector Highlights
  • Over 40 professional consulting engineering firms in Greater Edmonton’s environmental sector.
  • Canada’s first four large-scale carbon capture and storage projects located in the Greater Edmonton area.
  • The world’s first industrial-scale municipal waste-to-biofuel facility, opened in 2014, will convert 100,000 tonnes of sorted municipal solid waste into 38 million litres of ethanol annually.
  • Thriving recyclable (including metals, plastics, electronics, oil, construction materials and paper products) sector that contributes both millions of dollars to the local economy and saves millions from public expenditures.
  • Home to several major public and private research facilities and engineering services that pioneer land reclamation, mobile thermal soil remediation and greenhouse gas emissions.
Source: Edmonton Waste-to-Biofuels website, 2013
Edmonton Companies
  • Aecom Canada Ltd.
  • Al-Terra Engineering Ltd.
  • AMEC Americas Ltd.
  • Arrow Engineering Inc.
  • Associated Engineering Alberta Ltd.
  • Bantrel Co.
  • Canadian Advanced ESP Inc.
  • C-FER Technologies (1999) Inc.
  • EBA Engineering Consultants Ltd.
  • Golder Associates Ltd.
  • Hemisphere Engineering Inc.
  • ISL Engineering and Land Services Ltd.
  • Matrix Solutions Inc.
  • Millennium EMS Solutions Ltd.
  • Morrison Hershfield Limited
  • Orbis Engineering Field Services Ltd.
  • Petrospec Engineering Ltd.
  • Read Jones Christoffersen Ltd.
  • Rice Engineering & Operating Ltd.
  • Scheffer Andrew Ltd.
  • Select Engineering Consultants
  • SNC-Lavalin Inc.
  • Stantec
  • Tamarack Power Partners
  • Thurber Engineering Ltd.
  • WorleyParsons Canada Services Ltd.
Source: Hoover Database, January 2012

For More Information

Kent McMullin

Economic and Environmental Sustainability
Sustainable Development
9th Floor, Edmonton Tower
10111-104 Avenue NW
Edmonton, AB T5J 0J4

Title Senior Business Strategist
Telephone

780-442-7150

Toll-free in North America:
1-844-679-2922

Email kent.mcmullin@edmonton.ca

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