Montreal, Quebec, April 10, 2013 – Today, Montreal-based GHGSat announced it has signed an agreement with The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] in which Boeing will make a contribution to help launch GHGSat’s first satellite capable of monitoring greenhouse gas and air quality gas emissions from any industrial site in the world.
Industrial facilities worldwide are increasingly subject to emissions caps, both for greenhouse gases and atmospheric pollutants. GHGSat will provide a satellite-based remote sensing solution, designed to monitor individual industrial facilities in regulated industries including oil & gas, power generation, mining and waste management. The ability to precisely and repeatedly measure total emissions from a point source (such as a stack), or area source (such as a tailings pond or a mine face) will enable accuracies comparable to in-situ monitoring solutions at a cost comparable to indirect estimation processes.
“We are very grateful for the confidence that Boeing has shown in our company,” said Stéphane Germain, President of GHGSat. “GHGSat is bringing technological innovation in the aerospace industry to the fight against climate change and air pollution. Boeing’s support will help GHGSat to launch a world-class system, and ultimately deliver a unique and valuable service.”
“Boeing’s contribution to GHGSat reinforces our commitment to innovation in small businesses in Canada and around the world,” said Brian Beyrouty, Canada country manager, International Strategic Partnerships. “We look forward to working with GHGSat to make this satellite, and their business, a success.”
This contribution will support fulfillment of Boeing’s commitment to Canada’s Industrial & Regional Benefits (IRB) policy. Canada’s IRB policy requires prime contractors, such as Boeing, to make investments in the Canadian economy as a result of winning defense and security contracts with the government of Canada. Boeing has four active IRB programs tied to the procurement of the CC-177 airlifter; ScanEagle unmanned aircraft system, CH-147 helicopter, and the Mercury Global program. Through these programs, Boeing continues a history of more than 90 years of creating long-term, high-value opportunities with Canadian industry.
“This is an exciting announcement for GHGSat and a strong vote of confidence for them from a leading global corporation, Boeing, that is known for innovation” said Vicky Sharpe, President and CEO of Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC). “This technology could be the key to efficient monitoring of industrial emissions as businesses work to reduce their environmental impact. SDTC continues to work actively to foster relationships between promising Canadian cleantech companies and the global aerospace, defense, and security (ADS) industry. This announcement is yet another exciting example of leveraging the ADS sector to the benefit of Canadians.”
GHGSat’s mission is to become the global reference for remote sensing of greenhouse gas (GHG) and air quality gas emissions from industrial sites, using satellite technology.
GHGSat’s novel technology will enable GHG and air quality gas measurement with better accuracy at a fraction of the cost of comparable alternatives. Owners of industrial facilities will be able to monitor all of their facilities, local or remote, anywhere in the world, with a common technology, in near-real-time. Significantly improved emissions information will enable industries to better measure, control, and ultimately reduce emissions of GHGs and air quality gases.
GHGSat is supported by Sustainable Development Technology Canada and the Government of Canada.
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