Local filter technology goes global

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A St. Albert-based company will be taking its filter technology global this month as it takes part in an international climate change conference.

David Dooley of Baleen International told the Gazette recently that his company was one of a handful of Canadian firms invited to speak at the upcoming COP22 conference in Marrakech, Morocco.

The Conference of the Parties is an annual meeting of world leaders under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, said Erin Flanagan, federal policy director with the Pembina Institute and member of the Canadian contingent at the meeting. This is the 22nd such meeting.

COP21 in Paris set a worldwide goal of keeping climate warming to less than 2 C, Flanagan explained. COP22 will be about how to reach that goal.

“Every country has to do more sooner,” she said, including Canada.

Baleen International is an Australian company with a headquarters in St. Albert that produces industrial water filtration devices.

Dooley, the company’s president, said his staffers will present on the importance of wastewater treatment during a forum on oceans at the conference.

The world’s oceans absorb about a third of all greenhouse gas emissions, yet are under threat from numerous forms of pollution, Dooley said. Some of those pollutants, such as microplastics, can’t be stopped by conventional treatment systems.

“We have to treat (wastewater) like an asset,” he said.

Dooley said nations could use technologies such as those made by his company to mine wastewater for resources, improving water health and reducing emissions.

It’s definitely exciting for a Canadian firm to be recognized at a conference like this, Flanagan said.

“Climate change and policy actions on climate change in Canada is about global opportunities,” she said, and opens space for Canadian firms in developing markets.

The conference runs from Nov. 7 to 18.

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Kevin Ma joined the St. Albert Gazette in 2006. He writes about Sturgeon County, education, the environment, agriculture, science and aboriginal affairs. He also contributes features, photographs and video.