Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
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Accelerating innovative solutions to reduce methane emissions from the cattle sector
Why should we care about agricultural methane emissions?
Canadian cattle producers have a reputation for delivering both high-quality beef and dairy while making commitments to environmental sustainability goals. The sector is already taking steps to improve animal health, feed efficiency and pasture management—practices that contribute to reductions in methane emissions while delivering other environmental benefits. However, there are many unexplored opportunities to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, especially methane from the cattle sector. By working in partnership with producers, the Agricultural Methane Reduction Challenge will help to accelerate a suite of sustainable innovations to address methane emissions head-on. By partnering together, we can move further and faster to reduce agricultural methane emissions while spurring economic growth and innovation in our economy.
more potent at warming than CO2 over a 20-year period
of Canada’s methane emissions come from the agricultural sector
of agricultural methane emissions come from enteric fermentation
Methane is a potent GHG with a global warming potential that is more than 80 times greater than carbon dioxide (CO2) over a 20-year period, and more than 25 times greater over a 100-year period.
Who can apply
- Businesses or other for-profit organizations incorporated in Canada;
- Not-for-profit organizations registered in Canada;
- Producers, producer organizations and associations within Canada;
- Indigenous (First Nations, Métis, Inuit) individuals, organizations or groups of individuals located in Canada;
- Post-secondary/academic institutions located in Canada;
- Individuals or groups of individuals based in Canada;
- Collaborations between one or more of the above categories of applicants and international parties.
Up to 20 semi-finalists will be selected to receive up to $250,000 each to support the development of a technology, practice or process to reduce enteric methane emissions.
Up to 10 finalists with the top solutions will be selected to receive up to $500,000 each to test their solution in an operational environment in partnership with the solution’s end users.
Up to 2 prizes of up to $1 million will be given to the innovators who best demonstrate the widespread applicability of their solutions.
Stage 1A key dates
- November 14, 2023
Call for applications
- February 7, 2024
- Summer 2024
Announcement of 20 semi-finalists
AAFC is looking to advance innovative, scalable and economically viable practices, processes, and technologies that contribute to the net reduction of enteric methane emissions from the cattle sector.