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Methane Emissions Reduction Challenge

Challenge Synopsis

Over the next 6 years, new regulations in Canada will require industry to reduce methane emissions by 45 per cent based on 2014 levels.

The Natural Gas Innovation Fund (NGIF) seeks to grow and diversify its portfolio of methane emission reduction cleantech opportunities to help deliver lower emissions from the natural gas sector for Canada. We seek to support our investors with cost-effective cleantech solutions from SME start-ups and technology enterprises to meet and exceed the regulated emissions mandate for provinces and Canada.


Challenge Statement

NGIF is seeking methane emission reduction solutions to support our investors’ needs to meet and potentially exceed the new regulatory targets. The solutions could include: capture, storage and transport for sale; onsite utilization; onsite conversion to useable or saleable liquids; reinjection to well for eventual recovery; mitigation during drilling/well completion; mitigation of fugitive emissions, controlled methane oxidation; and more.


Response Criteria

NGIF’s challenge criteria are the following:

  • Cleantech solutions for natural gas that can, when commercial, economically reduce the cost of meeting methane emissions regulations as mandated in Canada.
  • Applicants should be able to understand and the demonstrate application of their technology for at least one of the following: natural gas production and processing; transmission; and distribution and end use.
  • The technology must demonstrate tangible methane emission reductions in a more cost-effective manner
  • Methane Emission Reduction themes include:
    • Theme 1:  Mitigation in the Natural Gas Production and Processing
      • This theme focuses on novel solutions to mitigate methane emissions from the natural gas upstream value chain. The solutions should be more cost effective than current practices, and demonstrate value for our investors.


  • Theme 2: Mitigation in the Transmission and Distribution and end-use supply chain
    • This theme focuses on novel solutions for natural gas transmission and storage, and distribution and end-use. The solutions should be more cost effective than current practices and demonstrate value for our investors.
  • Technology Readiness Levels (TRL 5 – 9)
  • Canadian or international small and medium‐sized enterprises (SMEs) and technology development start-ups.


The Opportunity

The Natural Gas Innovation Fund:

  • Represents the full Natural Gas Value Chain:
    • Birchcliff Energy Ltd., Canadian Natural Resources Limited, Chevron Canada Limited, Perpetual Energy Inc., PETRONAS Energy Canada Ltd., Shell Canada Energy, and Tourmaline Oil Corp. from the upstream.
    • ATCO Gas Ltd., Enbridge Gas Inc., FortisBC Energy Inc., Pacific Northern Gas Ltd., and SaskEnergy from the downstream.
  • Offers non-dilutive Funding for selected cleantech projects for natural gas:
    • NGIF holds funding calls for applications 1-2 times per year to advance cleantech solutions directed at natural gas solutions.
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  • Trusted Partners
    • NGIF has trusted partnerships with Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), Emissions Reduction Alberta (ERA), Alberta Innovates (AI), the Province of British Columbia Innovative Clean Energy ICE Fund (ICE Fund), and Saskatchewan Innovation.


About The Natural Gas Innovation Fund

The Natural Gas Innovation Fund is an industry-led, industry-funded, granting organization created by the Canadian Gas Association. NGIF seeks to accelerate clean tech innovation in the production, pipeline transmission, and end-use of natural gas. Our goal is to improve the environmental and economic performance of all in the sector. Our belief is that affordable, reliable, environmentally sound natural gas is a foundational fuel for Canada’s long-term well-being. Since we were launched in 2016, NGIF has approved for funding $8.9M into 44 cleantech project investments into companies across Canada, with another $70M in eligible project costs from industry, provincial and federal gov’t project co-funding. We also have another $5.4M in projects due to be approved by the end of this year. Please visit for details.