Final Report of the Working Group: Clean Technologies Are Already a Prime Concern of GARDN
In November 2016, the Working Group on Clean Technology, Innovation and Jobs (the Working Group) issued a final report with the specific options that would support the development of a Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change. In order to execute its assignment, the Working Group focused on four main themes: building early-stage innovation, accelerating commercialization and growth, fostering adoption, and strengthening collaboration and metrics for success.
The four selected themes already form an integral part of the Business-Led Networks of Centres of Excellence program (BL-NCE), which is headed by the government of Canada to find solutions to the challenges facing the private R&D sector. In fact, the Green Aviation Research and Development Network (GARDN) is part of the BL-NCE initiative with a view to building early-stage innovation and already has 37 completed or ongoing projects for the purpose of reducing its environmental footprint. GARDN addresses its clean technology objectives directly.
In terms of this specific theme, the Working Group’s action plan notably aims to coordinate and guide the government’s clean technology R&D investments and activities, to strengthen the support given to clean technology R&D via existing organizations and to foster the development of more robust networks.