SMART Green: Funds for Ontario Manufacturers to reduce Greenhouse Gas

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In partnership with Government of Ontario, this fall the Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters launched the SMART Green fund. This $25 million fund will assist small- and medium-sized manufacturers in reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) and improving their energy efficiency. As stated on the official web page for the fund:

The program will improve the competitiveness of the Ontario manufacturing supply chain by not only delivering value to the SME-eligible manufacturers, but also by contributing to Ontario’s 2020 targets for GHG emissions reduction.

smart-green-program-guidelineswebsite-header-enAccording to the website, the program seeks to support investments in technology and process improvements by manufacturers which result in GHG emissions intensity reductions and/or avoidance through upgrades to process/production equipment, deliver energy efficiency, and lead to productivity improvements. These in turn will lead to lower GHG emissions on per-production-unit basis, notably where improvements will include new process and/or production equipment installation and associated costs.

smart-program-ae8b25_f52fca183f504072a9599885aea4aaf4The SMART Green Program provides assistance in the form of non-repayable grants of 50% of eligible costs up to $200,000.

It is:

  • open to small- and medium-sized manufacturers in Ontario that have a minimum of 10 full time employees and annual greenhouse gas emissions under 25,000 tonnes per year.
  • Open to financially stable incorporated businesses with 3 years or more operating history
  • NOT open to manufacturers with past or present connections to Ontario’s Cap & Trade Program
  • Open to applicants who can demonstrate financial need for the funding,
  • Open to recipients of previous SMART Programs as well as new applicants
  • Aimed at future work, with all assessment and project activities, including final reporting requirements, must be completed by December 31, 2018.
  • Open to applications as of October 31, 2016, with applications will be considered on a first-in, first-reviewed basis.

There is no cost to apply of a CME SMART Green grant nor is there a fee for technical consultants to be listed as a SMART Approved Qualified Technical Service Provider.

“Since 2008, CME has administered approximately $80 million in direct funding to more than 1,400 manufacturing projects across Ontario through various SMART Programs.”

More information can be found on the CME’s SMART Green Fund webpage

Sarah V Wayland

Sarah Wayland, Principal Investigator

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