Greening Government Fund

The Greening Government Fund has been established as part of the Government of Canada’s response to climate change. This initiative:

  • provides project funding to federal government departments and agencies to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in their operations;
  • promotes and shares innovative approaches to reducing GHGs.

The fund targets projects that:

  • are anticipated to reduce GHG emissions in federal operations
  • test or implement innovative approaches
  • can be reproduced within or across departments
  • pursue solutions in areas where GHGs are difficult to reduce

Project funding comes from departments and agencies that generate more than 1 kilotonne of GHGs per year from air travel. Only departments and agencies that contribute to the fund are eligible to access it.

Projects that received funding in the 2019 to 2020 fiscal year are described below

National Research Council Canada: Low-Carbon Assets Through Life-Cycle Assessment

  • Amount: $4 million over 4 years
  • Summary: Develop a life-cycle inventory database and assessment guidelines for stakeholders that will allow the tracking of the life-cycle carbon and total cost of ownership of built assets

Natural Resources Canada: High-Temperature Heat Pump for District Energy Systems

  • Amount: $700,000 over 2 years
  • Summary: Develop, design and test a prototype water-to-water heat pump that produces high-temperature heat (80+°C) from mid- to low-temperature heat sources (0°C to 30°C)

National Defence: Net Zero Central Heating Plant

  • Amount: $850,000 over 1 year
  • Summary: Switching the fuel for the Goose Bay central heating plant from number 6 heating oil to electricity. This facility represents 4% of the greenhouse gas emissions from the entire Department of National Defence.

National Defence: Navy Ship Platform Exploitation of Energy Data (SPEED)

  • Amount: $1,570,000 over 4 years
  • Summary: SPEED is targeted toward optimizing energy efficiency and reducing GHG emissions for naval platforms. It will accomplish this through:
    • developing an understanding of baseline energy use
    • developing and validating ship energy models
    • enabling energy-efficient operations by applying data analytics to ship platform power and energy data

Parks Canada: Solar Net-Zero Carbon Building in Kluane National Park, Yukon

  • Amount: $240,000 over 2 years
  • Summary: Add a roof-mounted solar array with a net meter to make a current construction project net neutral. The project will also develop a design to move the facility from diesel heating fuel to being 100% electric

Public Services and Procurement Canada: Heritage Building Envelope Energy Efficiency Study

  • Amount: $850,000 over 3 years
  • Summary: Evaluate the performance of strategies to upgrade the thermal energy performance of building envelopes in heritage rehabilitation projects

National Defence: Study on Potential for Using Organic Waste as an Energy Source

  • Amount: $200,000 over 2 years
  • Summary: Develop a circular approach for the sustainable management of organic residues at the Valcartier support base

Public Services and Procurement Canada: CO2 Cooling in Server Rooms

  • Amount: $100,000 over 1 year
  • Summary: Install a state-of-the-art CO2 cooling system and recover the heat produced in a planned server room renovation

Agriculture and Agri-food Canada: Purchase of Two Electric Tractors

  • Amount: $204,400 over 1 year
  • Summary: Purchase 2 zero-emission plug-in electric tractors and install charging equipment at the Summerland Research and Development Centre

Fisheries and Oceans Canada: Net-Zero Carbon Building Upgrade: St. Lewis Fish Management Satellite Office and Warehouse

  • Amount: $596,000 over 3 years
  • Summary: Install a solar-array photovoltaic system and geothermal heating system to increase the energy efficiency of the facility

National Defence: Minimizing Greenhouse Gas Emissions in an Optimized Base of the Future

  • Amount: $400,000 over 2 years
  • Summary: Deliver a military base template that minimizes GHG emissions while respecting operational requirements

Global Affairs Canada: Carpooling App

  • Amount: $62,000 over 2 years
  • Summary: Program to implement and monitor the use of a carpooling application at Global Affairs Canada. The app aims to encourage green commuting habits that could be replicated by other federal departments.

Projects that received funding in the 2020 to 2021 fiscal year are described below

Public Services and Procurement Canada: Driving Public Services and Procurement Canada procurements towards a low-carbon economy

  • Amount: $700,000 over 3 years
  • Summary: This project will develop a science-based tool to quantify GHG emissions associated with procurement.

Natural Resources Canada: Enabling Portfolio-wide Deep Retrofits of Buildings and Facilitating Low-Carbon Fleets through Additions to the RETScreen Software

  • Amount: $800,000 over 3 years
  • Summary: This project will enhance the RETScreen software to enable it to capture feasibility studies involving “deep retrofit technologies”.

Natural Resources Canada: Optimization of district energy system operation and sequencing using Model-based Predictive Controls

  • Amount: $350,000 over 3 years
  • Summary: This project will transform the operation of federal district energy systems (DES) in order to reduce fuel consumption and GHG emissions.

Natural Resources Canada & Canada Space Agency: Advanced control strategies for CSA’s Space Centre

  • Amount: $545,000 over 3 years
  • Summary: This project will optimize the controls of the heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems of CSA’s Space Centre in St-Hubert (Qc), with the goals of reducing energy consumption and costs, peak electrical loads, natural gas usage and GHG emissions.

Department of National Defence: CFB Kingston GHG Reduction Project

  • Amount: $621,000 over 3 years
  • Summary: This project will design and install a net-zero heating source system in seven buildings that currently rely on a steam heat source from an aged, gas-fired Central Heating Plant.

Department of National Defence: Advanced Microgrids towards Artic Zero Emissions (AMAZE)

  • Amount: $1,650,000 over 3 years
  • Summary: This project targets GHG reductions at remote northern and arctic federal facilities through an innovative integrated systems approach that will include variable speed generators, thermal energy management, renewable energy systems and advanced microgrid controls.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police: Net Zero Carbon Detachment Re-useable Designs - Small Detachment

  • Amount: $400,000 over 2 years
  • Summary: This project will develop one net-zero carbon detachment design for the RCMP that minimizes construction costs and can be replicated across the country.

Environment and Climate Change Canada: Electric Shuttle Buses

  • Amount: $453,215 over 1 year
  • Summary: This project will replace the two gas shuttle buses providing the service for employees between Place Vincent Massey and Fontaine buildings in Gatineau, Quebec, with 100% electric shuttles.

Agriculture and Agri-food Canada: Converting the HVAC system of an existing pig farming building to include heat recovery

  • Amount: $30,000 over 1 year
  • Summary: This project conducted a feasibility study for retrofitting existing ventilation in the pork complex of the Sherbrooke Research and Development Centre with ventilators / heat recovery units which would be specially designed for agricultural ventilation. After completing the feasibility study, AAFC decided not to proceed with the implementation of the project at this time, but will reconsider it at a future date.

Canada Revenue Agency & Global Affairs Canada: Mechanical composter to divert organic waste from landfills

  • Amount: $521,500 over 3 years
  • Summary: This project will procure and install mechanical composters and shredders at the headquarters of the CRA and GAC to divert organic waste from landfills, reduce GHG emissions, and generate clean electricity.

Parks Canada: Greening Northern Houses

  • Amount: $775,000 over 3 years
  • Summary: This project will design replicable, single and multi-unit staff housing that are highly energy efficient while being practical for arctic communities.

Parks Canada: Ya Ha Tinda Horse Ranch – Hybrid Power System

  • Amount: $300,000 over 2 years
  • Summary: This project will install a solar microgrid to supplement the power supply to buildings at the ranch using a hybrid solar/diesel generator power system, reduce GHG emissions and maintain reliable power in a remote, off-grid location.

Parks Canada: PV Solar Array to Offset Electricity Consumption in Jeremy’s Bay Campground

  • Amount: $589,400 over 2 years
  • Summary: This project will construct a photo-voltaic solar array at Kejimkujik National Park and Historic Site, to offset electrical consumption and reduce greenhouse gas emissions for the park.

Health Canada: Eagle Eye (Virtual Inspection of Cannabis Licence Holders)

  • Amount: $151,753 over 2 years
  • Summary: This project is a pilot to replace certain physical inspections that are a significant source of carbon emissions, with virtual inspections. If successful, the program’s carbon footprint will be reduced while still maintaining (and perhaps augmenting or enhancing) regulatory oversight. There is also significant potential for broader application within Health Canada and beyond.

Fisheries and Oceans Canada: Bedford Institute of Oceanography Seawater Heating (formerly Thermal Storage)

  • Amount: $680,000 over 1 year
  • Summary: This project will install a seawater-sourced geothermal heat pump system at the Bedford Institute of Oceanography in Dartmouth, NS, to reduce natural gas use and GHG emissions.
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