Working toward sustainable natural resources where economic growth and environmental stewardship can coexist in harmony

Growing environmental and cost pressures associated with resource development and industry processes compel energy and mining companies to adopt competitive technologies for sustaining international advantages and socially acceptable operations.

Mining and energy activities have long employed research to assess and develop various operations. This includes exploring the microbial basis of well and mine sites, to extraction and processing strategies, and remedial environmental treatments. However, scientific progress since the sequencing of the human genome more than a decade ago now provides modern tools for deeper analysis of sector environments, extraction processes and environmental impacts.

Genome BC’s project portfolio in Mining, Energy, and the Environment has focused on understanding the environmental impact of development projects, the diversity and utility of microflora in mine sites, gas wells and watersheds and is needed to actively benefit from genomics at the operational level. Since 2007, Genome BC has supported the advancement of genomics, enabling our industry partners to improve their operations, and benefit from their research collaborations.

While industry sectors like health, forestry, fisheries and agrifoods forge ahead with genomics applications to help unveil and leverage the genetic bases of our environment, the energy and mining sector has only just begun to explore the potential of genomics. The opportunity exists for industries to revolutionize their practices and environmental impacts through the enhancements available from the application of new biological technologies.

The mining and energy sectors
are faced with growing environmental
and cost pressures associated
with resource development
and industry processes
Companies are looking
to adopt competitive technologies
for sustaining international advantages
and socially acceptable operations
Genomics can play
a key role in developing tools
that have cross-sector benefits
(for energy, mining, forestry, and agriculture)
Genomics can contribute to:
environmental monitoring system
for BC’s air, land and water,
including monitoring biodiversity
and pollution using
sentinel species
bioremediation strategies
that optimize microbial
environments and communities
cleaner and efficient
industrial processes based
on an understanding
of microbial processes
cleaner production
and use fossil fuels
and high value products
such as polymers
and lubricants