Ontario has announced the first recipients of TargetGHG—a program that helps companies adopt leading-edge technologies in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while supporting entrepreneurs. One of the collaborative projects will target emissions from the water and wastewater sector.
The province invested $74 million in TargetGHG through the Ontario Green Investment Fund and it is administered by the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE). It includes:
- Industrial Demonstration Program supports projects that can demonstrate reductions in GHG emissions resulting from collaborations between industrial emitters and innovative companies providing solutions.
- Collaborative Technology Development Program supports Ontario-based small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) to develop innovative technologies that have the potential to significantly reduce GHG emissions, and
- Collaborative R&D Program supports industry-academic collaborative research and development projects that will address Ontario’s GHG emission reduction targets and create economic benefits.
The Industrial Demonstration Program is supporting nine projects, including one focused on water and wastewater:
- Ontario Clean Water Agency/GE/Stratford Net Zero Initiative (Ontario Clean Water Agency, Suez Water and Process Technologies, City of Stratford): Creates a system to collect and monitor water and wastewater facility information to provide up-to-date information and encourage water conservation. Dollar value of the project is $15.5 million from OCE and partners.
Since 2013, Ontario has committed more than $225 million to cleantech research and commercialization in the province.
TargetGHG is part of Ontario’s Climate Change Action Plan, a five-year plan to fight climate change, reduce greenhouse gas pollution, and transition to a low-carbon economy.