Six organizations working in the mining sector submitted an application to the Government of Canada’s Innovation Superclusters Initiative with the idea of creating a clean resources supercluster.
The Canada Mining Innovation Council, the Centre for Excellence in Mining Innovation, the International Minerals Innovation Institute, the Mining Suppliers Trade Association, CIMRE and COREM, hope to receive $200 million in government funding for their Clean, Low-energy, Effective, Engaged and Remediated Supercluster or CLEER, which needs a total investment of $700 million -$450 million in cash and $244 million in-kind.
According to a press release sent out by the organizations involved, the CLEER’s goal is to harness innovation across the existing mining ecosystem to tackle global challenges of water, energy, and environmental footprint, with targets of 50% reductions in each area by 2027.
To reach its objective, the supercluster would run collaborative initiatives by partnering with 162 leaders from different sectors such as clean tech, R&D innovation support organizations, post-secondary institutions, the mining services and supply sector, anchor companies, among others. The focus of their work would be in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario, and Quebec.