Centre for Industrial Port Expertise (CEIP)
a division of inrest
The Centre for Industrial Port Expertise (CEIP), a division of INREST in partnership with Université Laval, UQAR, ISMER, UQAC, UMtl, and many other researchers, aims to establish and equip environmental observatories along the St. Lawrence as a means of ecosystem conservation across all industrial-port areas of the St. Lawrence, including real-time data collection as prescribed by the “Enviro-Actions” management model. Thus, new developers will benefit from neutral scientific data with social acceptability. This data, available in real-time, will allow to reduce delays and costs related to environmental permit applications.
The mission of the Centre for Industrial Port Expertise (Centre d’Expertise Industrialo-Portuaire – CEIP) aims to offer services and scientific expertise in environment and occupational health. Experts and researchers from various sectors provide industry and port managers from the St. Lawrence, Quebec, Canada, and abroad, with centralized services in research and development, as well as technical support adapted to issues relating to the environmental challenges of managing and operating industrial port zones. All this is done in accordance with the Environmental Quality Act, the Sustainable Development Act, the Environmental Assessment Act, and any other applicable legislation.
The bay of Sept-Îles hosts one of the largest ports in Canada, as well as world-class businesses in its surrounding area. In the current context of industrial development around the bay, it seemed essential to assess the state of the local environment.
That is why the Observatory was created in 2013. Phases I, II & III were carried out from 2013 to 2017.
Distinctive features and advantages
- Ensures confidentiality in project and case management;
- Common research fund as a leverage for government subsidies;
- Allows to group together, within a same project, the common needs of different industrial-, port-, and municipal areas, as well as the significant common costs for these projects;
- A multidisciplinary team of experts and scientists, managed by a third party having experience in managing projects involving industries, municipalities, government agencies, as well as corporate social responsibility, offering:
- a neutral scientific credibility favouring social acceptability;
- decision-making support linked to ecosystem conservation and environmental management;
- scientific support for public outreach, making data and results easy to understand for the public
How it works
Direct participation in research in industrial port areas
Members of CEIP have the possibility to participate in one or more research projects in industrial- and/or port areas in which they are interested. They will notably have access to the expertise of hundreds of researchers, including members of Québec-Océan (regrouping scientists and partners or several Quebec universities, ministries, non-governmental organisations and federal research laboratories).
They also have the possibility to participate in events such as traning days or conferences relating to industrial and/or port themese. These events are an opportunity to present ongoing projects and allow for an exchange and transfer of knowledge and expertise between research members and stakeholders of the research and innovation community. Additionally to having the opportunity to participate to the validation of tools and techniques used in industrial and port areas, members will also have access to all data resulting from the collective CEIP research, as well as pilot laboratories and factories through our partners, and to various sampling equipment and tools.
Sharing the costs and the risks of common research
Research activities are partially funded by our members’ subscription. Members will be entitled to fiscal advantages on their membership fees to the Centre for expertise. Thus, under the Quebec Taxation Law (LIQ), businesses may reclaim a tax credit, repayable by 35% on the fees paid to the Centre., insofar as these fees are used to for R&D in Quebec.
It is not necessary for a business to be established in Quebec in order to benefit from this advantage, but it must operate a business in Canada.
Participation in common research
Each member is involved in the decision-making process that determines the direction of the research. Thus, members’ needs are taken into account and remain a priority.
Each member may present themselves to the Executive Committee (EC). Members of the committee are elected every year for a period of two years. The Executive Committee decides on the main direction of research projects. This committee receives, analyses and selects research projects submitted by the scientific committee, which will be carried out in the context of common research.
The Scientific Committee (SC) plays an important role in guiding research activities, to ensure, on the one hand, the scientific merit and validity of research projects proposed by members; and also plays an important role in the development of projects submitted to the Executive Committee for the CEIP’s annual project selection. On the other hand, the EC will ensure that the projects fall within the mission of the CEIP.
Key project of CEIP
Instrumentalizing the St. Lawrence
Implanting environmental observatories and instrumentalizing Industrial Port Zones of the St. Lawrence River and its adjacent waterbodies
Numerous studies show that anthropogenic activities have an impact on the environment, ecosystems, and biodiversity. It is therefore essential to understand environmental stress factors in Industrial Port Zones (IPZs) and to monitor changes in basic natural conditions.
Following the success of the Environmental Monitoring Observatory for the Bay of Sept-Îles and in the aim to adapt the knowledge and skills acquired, INREST has developed the preventative management model “Enviro-Actions” in order to address the specific needs of IPZ economic development managers.
- To implant environmental observatories in industrial port zones around the St. Lawrence
- To establish an environmental monitoring mechanism in near-real-time by instrumentalizing IPZs, in order to obtain an up-to-date state of environmental quality
- To ensure a comprehensive management approach by including multidisciplinary scientific expertise, allowing to understand the current state of the IPZ in question thanks to existing data
- To adapt existing protocols in order to measure and prevent environmental impacts to the IPZ’s ecosystem, thus implementing a preventative management mode instead of an intervention-based mode
- Equip stakeholders for decision-making and then environmental management, with a view to sustainable development (shipping, Port Authorities, municipalities, etc.)
- Address concerns from the public, thereby favouring social acceptability
- This project focuses on sustainable development goals by acting in a preventative manner
- Data available in near-real-time will reduce delays and costs linked to:
- Environmental authorization requests
- Intervention-based management modes
- The model will be transferable and adaptable to other Quebec IPZs located in marine and freshwater environments
- Both existing businesses and new developers will benefit from neutral scientific data
- This project will enhance social acceptability through transparent communications
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Institut nordique de recherche en environnement et en santé au travail
Northern institute for research in environment and occupational health and safety