Minister Fortier announces new strategic investments to enhance greening government operations

News release

June 27, 2023 – Ottawa, Ontario – Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat

The Government of Canada is leading by example by reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and aiming towards a low-carbon, climate-resilient and clean growth economy.

Today, the Honourable Mona Fortier, President of the Treasury Board of Canada, announced eight new projects in the National Capital Region funded through the Greening Government Fund.

Administered by the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat, the Greening Government Fund helps government organizations make strategic investments to reduce carbon emissions from their operations.

The following projects received a total of approximately $6.7 million through the fund:

  • the Naval Electric Ship Technologies (NEST) project assesses hybrid and/or all-electric solutions for naval ships (Department of National Defence)   
  • the Ship Platform Exploitation of Energy Datasets (SPEED) 2.0 project optimizes energy efficiency and reduces GHG emissions for naval ships (Department of National Defence)
  • a project where high-temperature-resilient renewable heating systems are analyzed, and the data collected for future improvements (Natural Resources Canada)
  • an assessment of electric vehicle charging solutions for federal sites (Natural Resources Canada)
  • a pilot project to study employee access to federal EV supply equipment including a pilot project in multiple Canada Border Services Agency locations  (Natural Resources Canada, Canada Border Services Agency)
  • a search tool to green public procurement (Public Services and Procurement Canada)
  • a project to reduce GHG emissions for scientific equipment procurement of (Public Services and Procurement Canada, Environment and Climate Change Canada)
  • a Life Cycle Assessment to determine the baseline carbon footprint of conventionally constructed federal buildings (Public Services and Procurement Canada)

Through the Greening Government Strategy, the Government of Canada is leading the transition to net-zero carbon and climate-resilient operations. These projects will advance greening operations by accelerating and improving green procurement practices through a focus on life-cycle assessment principles, the adoption of clean technology and green products and services, and by increasing buyer capacity to drive greener goods and services. Aligned with other Government of Canada greening priorities, these investments are important steps in advancing a Buy Clean approach in Canada.

In addition to these 8 projects, 11 projects in other regions across the country were approved this year for a total investment of over $14 million. These projects will support the Government of Canada’s goal of net-zero carbon operations by 2050.


“Our government is committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and delivering a low-carbon, resilient and clean economy for everyone. Through the Greening Government Fund, we are supporting Canadian innovation and leading the way to net-zero, climate-resilient and green operations.”

The Honourable Mona Fortier, President of the Treasury Board 

“Today’s announcement is another important step toward greening our operations across the Department. These projects will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions while ensuring our commitment to a cleaner, climate-resilient future.”

The Honourable Minister Helena Jaczek, Minister of Public Services and Procurement

“Climate security and national security go hand in hand. We are investing in robust green energy projects, which will see reduced emissions for our Navy ships — and help reduce our emissions, in line with our strong commitment to climate action”

– The Honourable Minister Anita Anand, Minister of National Defence

“The Greening Government Fund is an important tool in unlocking progress on decarbonizing federal buildings, fleets, and other assets. As Canada advances towards a sustainable and prosperous future, we are taking action to reduce emissions from government operations. This, alongside our investments to support industries and communities, is an important measure to deliver clean air and good jobs on the road to net-zero by 2050.”

– The Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Natural Resources

Quick facts

  • The Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat’s Centre for Greening Government provides leadership toward net-zero, climate-resilient and green Government of Canada operations through the Greening Government Strategy.

  • The Greening Government Strategy is a set of commitments that applies to all core government departments and agencies and supports the Government of Canada’s commitment for net-zero emissions by 2050.

  • The Greening Government Fund was established as part of the Greening Government Strategy and provides funding for projects that aim to reduce emissions in operations of federal organizations.

  • Project funding comes from existing budgets of departments and agencies that generate more than 1 kilotonne of GHGs per year from air travel and from departments that are below this threshold and contribute voluntarily.

  • Since its inception in 2019, the fund has provided more than $46.1 million in funding for 63 projects from 17 different federal departments/agencies to support projects that reduce GHG emissions in government operations.

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