Centre of Excellence for Carbon Capture & Removal under construction in British Columbia

Ontario Construction News staff writer

Canadian carbon capture and removal technology provider, Svante, hosted a ground-breaking ceremony last week in Burnaby, B.C. to launch construction of its new world headquarters. The company is calling the structure The Centre of Excellence for Carbon Capture & Removal.

“We make investments in companies like Svante because our government believes in a green future. We know it’s possible to get to net zero. We know it is possible to get to net zero while creating jobs.

“Together we can show the world that Svante, British Columbia, and Canada have what it takes to be leaders in carbon capture,” said federal infrastructure minister Harjit Sajjan, referring to last summer’s $25 million funding announcement from Ottawa.

In addition to being the company’s new head office, the centre will also be Canada’s first-of-a-kind commercial-scale carbon capture and removal manufacturing facility, where Svante’s patented filter modules will be produced for the capture of carbon dioxide emissions from the atmosphere and from industrial flue gas.

Brett Henkel, Svante’s Co-founder, and VP of Strategic Accounts & Government Affairs started the company in his garage in 2007.

“Here, we’ll employ over 200 British Columbians and many more around the globe. We’ll be able to scale up our commercial manufacturing facilities to deliver filter modules that can capture millions of tonnes of carbon dioxide every year, both from the atmosphere and from industrial flue gas,” he said.

“I’m thrilled at the opportunity we have in front of us today… to make a real, global impact… To take action on climate change.”

Minister Kahlon commented on the importance of companies like Svante in helping the province achieve its economic and environmental goals.

“This is a big day for Svante. It’s a big day for Burnaby. But it’s also a big day for British Columbia. Svante’s new Centre of Excellence for Carbon Capture and Removal is an outstanding example of innovation here in British Columbia. It’s also an outstanding example of the vision that we share: for building a clean and inclusive economy that works for all British Columbians.”


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