Greening Government Fund

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

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

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: $900,000 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 Residential Building Designs for the Canadian Forces Housing Agency

  • Amount: $550,000 over 1 year
  • Summary: Develop net-zero designs and complete a location feasibility study for 4 residential building styles (a multi-unit residential building, a single family home, a semi-detached building and a row house building) for the Canadian Forces Housing Agency that can be replicated

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: $185,000 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: $100,000 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: $160,000 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: Development of a Carpooling App

  • Amount: $102,000 over 4 years
  • Summary: Program to develop, 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.
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