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- Businesses operating in Canada spent $9.5 billion in 2010 to protect the environment, up 9% from 2008. Following a long-standing trend, the largest share of these expenditures was spent to deal with pollutants after they were created.
- The oil and gas extraction industry spent more on environmental protection than any other industry surveyed, followed by the electric power generation, transmission and distribution industry, accounting for 42% and 12% of the total for 2010 respectively.
- Of the $4.2 billion in capital expenditures made for environmental protection, the majority was for pollution abatement and control (35%) followed by pollution prevention (26%).
- Provincially, businesses in Alberta spent the most in capital to protect the environment ($2.0 billion) followed by British Columbia ($496 million). The large investments in Alberta are mainly due to high expenditures made by the oil and gas extraction industry.
- Operating expenditures for environmental protection totaled $5.3 billion in 2010, up 8% from 2008. The majority of these expenditures were directed towards waste management and sewerage services ($1.6 billion) followed by pollution abatement and control processes ($1.2 billion).
- The oil and gas extraction industry had the highest operating expenditures for environmental protection in 2010, reporting over half a billion in expenditures each for site reclamation and decommissioning and for pollution prevention processes. Provincially, Alberta had the highest operating expenditures for environmental protection followed by Ontario ($2.1 billion and $1.1 billion respectively).
- In 2010, businesses spent $455 million in capital for renewable energy technologies. Investment was highest for biomass energy technologies which accounted for over three quarters of the total.