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Funding Opportunity for Greenhouse Gas Reduction Projects in Newfoundland and Labrador

NOTE: This opportunity has expired or is an event which has already taken place.

Are you a business, municipality, not-for-profit, or provincial government/agency in Newfoundland and Labrador that has been thinking about a project to help reduce your greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions?

A call for expressions of interest is currently open for Environment and Climate Change Canada’s Low Carbon Economy Challenge. This fund is providing $450 million of funding for GHG reduction projects.

As the minimum federal contribution for project funding through this program is $1 million, NEIA is considering submitting a series of different projects under the one portfolio to meet the threshold.

If you have a project in mind, please contact us as soon as possible to discuss. NEIA is required to submit its EOI by May 14th.

How much funding can you access?

The maximum federal contribution to your project depends on your organizational structure. The fund will contribute:

  • Up to 25% for projects by businesses;
  • Up to 40% for projects by municipalities;
  • Up to 40% for projects by not-for-profit organizations; and
  • Up to 50% for projects by provincial public sector bodies or boards.

What kinds of projects are eligible?

Projects must use commercially available technology, and must result in measurable GHG emissions reductions. Below are examples of eligible projects; gor a more fulsome list of examples, visit the fund’s applicant guide here.

  • Energy efficiency (where electricity is not derived from provincial grid) and fuel switching (e.g. moving from fossil fuels for energy to electrical)
    • Process changes and fuel switching within industry
    • Residential and commercial retrofits, including fuel switching
    • Social housing retrofits, including fuel switching
    • Municipal building retrofits, including fuel switching
    • Government buildings retrofits, including fuel switching
    • Universities/Schools/Hospitals (USH) retrofits, including fuel switching
  • Forestry and agriculture
    • Enhancing carbon sinks in the forestry sector (e.g., afforestation, reforestation, changes to forest management) or agriculture sector
    • Reducing GHG emissions in the forestry or agriculture sector
  • Waste Sector
    • Methane capture
    • Organics diversion
  • Transportation
    • Heavy-Duty Vehicle (HDV) retrofits, including energy efficiency and/or fuel switching
    • Marine vehicle retrofits, including energy efficiency and/or fuel switching
  • Low-carbon fuel production
    • Renewable natural gas production for own-use
    • Liquid renewable fuel production for own-use
    • Other low-carbon fuel production for own-use
    • Electricity and/or energy production
    • District heating systems
    • Renewable energy systems (e.g., solar photovoltaic (PV), solar hot water systems, wind, micro-hydro) for own use

What are eligible project costs?

  • equipment and capital assets purchase or rental;
  • contractors required to perform activities related to the project;
  • material and supplies costs;
  • staff salaries and benefits paid to staff for incremental work directly related to the project where the recipient can demonstrate value for money;
  • management and professional service costs, such as accounting, communications, official languages translation, audit charges, GHG emission reductions and energy savings estimate verification, and results monitoring, measuring and reporting;
  • vehicle rental and operation costs;
  • other costs necessary to support the purpose of the funding, as approved by the Minister.

Contact Us

Do you have a project that you think is eligible? Please contact us as soon as possible, as our Expression of Interest will require estimates on the GHG reductions associated with your project. Contact NEIA’s Executive Director Kieran Hanley at kieran@neia.org.

More Information

Detailed information on the Low Carbon Economy Challenge can be found the Environment and Climate Change Canada website: https://www.canada.ca/en/environment-climate-change/services/climate-change/low-carbon-economy-fund/challenge.html.

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