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Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) is a not-for-profit foundation that finances and supports the development and demonstration of clean technologies which provide solutions to issues of climate change, clean air, water quality and soil, and which deliver economic, environmental and health benefits to Canadians.

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Description

Our role
Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) is a not-for-profit foundation that finances and supports the development and demonstration of clean technologies which provide solutions to issues of climate change, clean air, water quality and soil, and which deliver economic, environmental and health benefits to Canadians.
SDTC operates two funds aimed at the development and demonstration of innovative technological solutions. The SD Tech Fund™ supports projects that address climate change, air quality, clean water, and clean soil. The NextGen Biofuels Fund™ supports the establishment of first-of-kind large demonstration-scale facilities for the production of next-generation renewable fuels.
Our mission and mandate
SDTC commenced operation in November of 2001 with funding from the Government of Canada. SDTC’s mission is to act as the primary catalyst in building a sustainable development technology infrastructure in Canada. The Foundation reports to Parliament through the Minister of Natural Resources Canada. We do much more than simply fund groundbreaking technologies. We work closely with an ever-growing network of stakeholders and partners to build the capacity of Canadian clean-technology entrepreneurs, helping them form strategic relationships, formalize their business plans, and build a critical mass of sustainable development capability in Canada.
Bridging the gap
There are many links in the innovation chain between research and commercialization. Two of the most critical—but traditionally undersupported—are development and demonstration. These are the critical stages at which technologies exit the laboratory and prove themselves in full-scale, real-world test situations. SDTC bridges the gap in the innovation chain by fast-tracking groundbreaking clean technologies through development and demonstration, in preparation for commercialization. We foster and encourage innovation and collaboration among private, academic and public-sector partners, and strive to ensure the dispersion of clean technologies in relevant market sectors throughout Canada.
Reducing the risk
One of SDTC’s chief aims is to de-risk clean technologies in a way that will ultimately attract downstream private-sector investment and open up opportunities for commercial success. We do this by employing a stringent due diligence process when selecting technologies to support, and by actively strengthening project consortia—requiring every project to involve representatives from the entire supply chain: researchers, product developers, manufacturers, distributors, retailers and end customers. In all, 80 percent of our consortia are industry-led.
Building capacity
By assembling consortia of partners who strengthen one another’s go-to-market capabilities, SDTC helps build the capacity for innovation and success of Canada’s clean-technology entrepreneurs. Through our process we help innovators sharpen their market savvy, increase their ability to identify the economic and environmental strengths of sustainable development projects, and define the investment potential that their clean technologies ultimately represent to venture capital financiers.
Defining sustainable development
Sustainability is about doing all that we do today as societies and economies with three considerations in mind:
Environmentally—ensuring that resources are not consumed faster than they can be replenished;
Economically—supporting prosperity and growth; and
Socially—respecting the values, culture and human needs of communities.
All of the projects funded by SDTC support these goals.

FUNDING TYPES AND CRITERIA

INTERESTED IN THESE SECTORS

Clean and Green Technology; Energy; Environment, Climate Change; Fair Trade, Organic Products; Natural Resources / Conservation; Sanitation, Waste Management; Water

providing funding for these regions

  • US, Canada