TargetGHG Industrial Demonstration Program

Program Summary

Program Name

TargetGHG Industrial Demonstration Program

Program Status and Submission Deadline

Closed for Applications

What it Supports

Projects with industrial emitters that demonstrate greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reductions in collaboration with innovative companies providing solutions

Project Sector

Clean Technology

Basic Eligibility Criteria

(A full list of eligibility requirements is available.)

Applicant:

  • Applicants MUST be an Ontario-based industrial emitter
  • A Consortium of smaller emitters are eligible applicants if they demonstrate a sector-wide impact; a lead emitter in the consortium MUST be identified
  • Co-applicants are required and MUST be a technology solution provider (e.g. start-up, SME or large firm) with proven technologies and products from across any sector aimed at reducing GHG emissions

Demonstration projects fall under the following categories:

  • Industrial Point Source: Technologies that reduce emissions through more sustainable approaches at industrial production sites. Emissions through more sustainable approaches through the industrial value chain.
  • Carbon Capture and Utilization: Technologies that involve new and innovative uses of carbon dioxide. 
  • Other categories will be considered on a case-by-case basis

OCE Funding

Up to 50 per cent of eligible project cash costs to a maximum of $5,000,000

Project Duration

Up to three years and MUST be completed by December 31, 2020

Matching Requirement

1:1 cash/in-kind from the applicant/industry partner

How to Apply

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Contact

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Program Overview and Benefits

Through the TargetGHG Industrial Demonstration Program, Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) will support projects with industrial emitters that demonstrate greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reductions in collaboration with innovative companies providing solutions.  The projects will reduce GHG emissions and provide significant economic benefits to Ontario.

The program aims to reduce GHG emissions while strengthening Ontario’s economy.  Providing access to leading-edge technologies helps to keep our industries globally competitive and building better, stronger cleantech companies serves to increase market share in a rapidly expanding sector.

The overall objectives of the TargetGHG Industrial Demonstration Program are as follows:

  • Encourage industrial emitters to collaborate with solution providers to foster innovation and drive commercialization by implementing GHG reduction technologies
  • Establish Ontario as a leader in reducing emissions by helping Ontario’s industry develop, demonstrate and adopt leading-edge clean technologies
  • Build a collaborative marketplace that brings together technology development (supply-side) with technology adoption (demand-side), where Ontario’s innovators and entrepreneurs can work together with industrial emitters and their customers and supply chains to develop, demonstrate and adopt new and innovative solutions to significantly reduce emissions
  • Catalyze private sector investments in GHG reduction strategies and drive adoption

Benefits to industrial emitters

Benefits to solution providers

Benefits to industrial emitters

  • Shorten the pay-back period of implementing innovations that reduce emissions by year 2020
  • Accelerate the time for the adoption of innovations that reduce emissions by year 2020
  • Develop relationships between industrial emitters and solution providers
  • Address company emission reduction needs and challenges, and develop new products, processes or services  
  • Increase productivity and revenue
  • Gain access to OCE networks and exposure to other OCE programs
  • Demonstrate corporate social responsibility by being early adopters, environmental stewards and champions

Benefits to solution providers

  • Scale and demonstrate emission reduction innovations with an Ontario-based industrial emitter
  • Validate the emission reduction innovation with a reference customer
  • Develop connections into Ontario’s cleantech ecosystem
  • Increase revenue and investment
  • Gain access to OCE networks and exposure to other OCE programs

How Funding Works

OCE Contribution

50 per cent (maximum) of total eligible project costs, up to $5,000,000

Industry Partner Contribution

50 per cent (minimum) of total eligible project costs (i.e. minimum 1:1 match to OCE contribution)

Example

Total eligible project costs: $1,000,000

  • Maximum OCE contribution: $500,000
  • Minimum industry partner contribution: $500,000

Funding Recipient

Ontario-based industrial emitter

  • Applications can be of any size; however, OCE funding will cover up to 50 per cent of eligible project cash costs to a maximum of $5,000,000
  • Project duration is up to three years and MUST be completed by December 31, 2020
  • Applications from a consortium of multiple emitters and solution provides MUST not exceed the above-mentioned limits
  • OCE funds flow to the Ontario-based industrial emitter
  • Lower funding amounts may be considered on a case-by-case basis. This MUST be discussed with your OCE Business Development Manager as part of the application process
  • Approximately eight projects will be funded across the program lifetime

Eligible Expenses

  • OCE-funded activities MUST be performed within Ontario, unless prior written approval has been obtained from OCE.
  • OCE will acknowledge expenses after the approval date. In cases where an application is approved and not activated, expenses are incurred at the risk of the applicant.
  • Applicant MUST refer to the Eligible Expenses Guide for full details

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant

  • Applicants MUST be an Ontario-based industrial emitter
  • A Consortium of smaller emitters are eligible applicants if they demonstrate a sector-wide impact; a lead emitter in the consortium MUST be identified
  • Co-applicants are required and MUST be a technology solution provider (e.g. start-up, SME or large firm) with proven technologies and products from across any sector aimed at reducing GHG emissions
  • Preference will be given to technologies sourced from Ontario-based companies. However, OCE will consider leading technologies sourced nationally and internationally
  • Applicant and co-applicant MUST sign an OCE funding agreement 
  • Applicants and co-applicants MUST provide project and outcomes metrics
  • Applicants and co-applicants MUST be in good financial and reporting standing with OCE

Project

  • Projects MUST pilot, implement and operationalize innovative proven technologies, demonstrating emission reductions.  Proven technologies are technologies that are ready to be implemented. They may have been applied in an operational environment or tested in a laboratory under simulated conditions.
  • Projects MUST commission and start-up the demonstration.
  • Demonstration projects fall under the following categories:
  • Industrial Point Source: Technologies that reduce emissions through more sustainable approaches at industrial production sites.
    • Examples: replacement of combustion based thermal process with non-combustion primary energy conversion, energy efficiency technologies applied to LFE processes, technologies that increase yield and output per unit of energy input, technologies that reduce the consumption of process chemicals or other inputs or enable closed loop unit operations.
  • Value Chain: Technologies that reduce emissions through more sustainable approaches through the industrial value chain.
    • Examples: more efficient forms of transport for freight and materials, displacement of high GHG-intensity feedstocks, valorization of process by-products, capture and utilization of waste-heat, conversion of waste to energy and others.
  • Carbon Capture and Utilization: Technologies that involve new and innovative uses of carbon dioxide. 
    • Examples: Cost effective capture and valorization of CO2 using energy efficient pathways such as sequestration in long lived products such as cement and other building materials or catalytic or biological shifting of CO2 to higher value products like liquid fuels, chemical building blocks for commodity materials, etc.
  • Other categories will be considered on a case-by-case basis
  • Project duration is up to three years and MUST be completed by December 31, 2020.
  • Projects will include a single site/facility.  Additional sites/facilities will be considered on a case- by-case basis. However, Applicants that describe broad future application of technologies across other facilities, sectors and locations will be considered to be of greater potential value and ranked accordingly.
  • Project participants will manage the Intellectual Property (IP) arising from a project, as OCE does not claim or manage IP rights. 
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How to Apply

Program Status: Closed for applications

Step 1: Call for Expressions of Interest (EOI)

  1. Applicants MUST engage with an OCE Business Development Manager to initiate and prepare an EOI. 
  2. EOIs MUST be submitted through AccessOCE, OCE’s online application system, where the EOI questions MUST be attached and full submission requirements (including project contacts, summary for public release, classification, budget, milestones and team members) are listed. 

Step 2: Invitation to a Full Application

  1. Applicants whose EOI are selected by the EOI Review committee will be invited to submit a full application to OCE.
  2. Prior to submission, OCE will support the Applicant by reviewing a draft application which includes a completed application, budget information and environmental benefits table. The draft MUST be submitted to OCE eight weeks after invitation to a full application. The final applications MUST be submitted to OCE through AccessOCE, OCE’s online application system, four weeks after draft review.
  3. Prior to submission, applicants MUST first request their OCE Business Development Manager (BDM) to provide an endorsement of the application for eligibility and suitability. Once the endorsement is provided, the applicant or BDM will then be able to submit the application.
  4. Please allow at least one week prior to the application submission deadline for the BDM endorsement step to be completed. Applications initiated less than one week prior to the deadline MAY NOT have sufficient time for a BDM to support the application and provide an endorsement.
  5. Full applications submitted through AccessOCE are internally reviewed for completeness, eligibility, and use of funds.  An External Review Panel, comprised of sector experts, will review the full application against program objectives and criteria. The final funding decision rests with OCE.
  6. Upon approval, the Applicant and co-applicants MUST execute an OCE funding agreement, including a completed Schedule D, Intellectual Property Term Sheet, within 60 days of approval of the award.  A copy of the Funding Agreement can be downloaded for your reference. Please do not fill out this form; a copy of the agreement will be generated through our online management system and sent to you upon approval of your project.  Applicants must also complete an Officer’s Certificate for which a template will be provided.
  7. To apply, please contact your OCE Business Development Manager who will assist in initiating an Expression of Interest through AccessOCE, OCE’s online application system.

Note on application information: By submitting an application, applicants agree that project information may be shared among all partners, co-applicants and other contributors, listed in the application form. Project information includes application forms and supporting documents, application reviews and assessments, public releases, outcome reports and impact measures. For more information, refer to OCE’s privacy policy.

Note on TargetGHG Program: Through the whole-of-government approach of the broader TargetGHG program, OCE’s partners, SDTC, NSERC and the ERA, may, subject to their confidentiality obligations to applicants, share with OCE their endorsement of projects that have a high potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. On a case-by-case basis, OCE may consider projects from endorsing partners for potential support.

Through partner endorsement, the review procedures of projects may be streamlined, for example:

  • The by-passing of the OCE Expression of Interest stage
  • The sharing of prior due diligence at the Expression of Interest and Full Proposal stages
  • The streamlining of due diligence at the Full Proposal stage using defined program criteria

The sharing of information with OCE would be undertaken in strict compliance with the endorsing partners’ obligations in terms of use and disclosure of information. Applicants will be notified prior to sharing any protected information and will be asked to provide their explicit agreement for the information to be shared with OCE.

OCE may consider other endorsement partners in the future.

Timelines

Activity

Date

Partnering Forum, Call for EOIs

October 5, 2016

EOI deadline for submission through OCE’s AccessOCE online system

Please ensure that you have initiated your online application through an OCE Business Development Manager, at least one week prior to the intake date (Tuesday, January 24, 2017)

January 31, 2017 (2:00 PM ET)

External committee reviews the EOIs and OCE informs applicants about their submission status

March 2-10, 2017

First draft of application is due for invited candidates

May 1, 2017

Final application submission to OCE

May 9, 2017

External panel review

Early July 2017

Funding agreements executed and approved projects start

60 days after OCE’s approval

Assessment Process and Criteria

The TargetGHG Industrial Demonstration Program is a discretionary, non-entitlement program with limited funding. All eligible applications undergo a review process where the applications are assessed against program objectives and assessment criteria. Not all eligible applications will be approved for funding.

Applying is a two-step process: EOI and full application. Applicants MUST work with an OCE Business Development Manager throughout the application process. The funding process for the program, which has limited funding, is competitive, discretionary and non-entitlement. All eligible applications are assessed against program objectives and criteria. 

Step 1: Call for Expressions of Interest (EOI)

All EOIs submitted through AccessOCE, OCE’s online application system, will be internally reviewed for completeness and financial compliance on a rolling basis. Subsequently, an EOI review committee, comprised of representatives of OCE sector experts, will review the EOIs against program objectives and criteria.  Selected EOIs will be invited to submit a full application on a rolling basis.

Preference will be given to EOIs that demonstrate the following:

  • Significant and reasonable reduction in emissions at the lowest cost 
  • Complementary environmental co-benefits that improve the quality of soil, air, water.
  • Implementation and generation of economic benefit for Ontario
  • Broad applicability and benefit to the cleantech industry, leading to novel, newly adapted, adopted processes, products or services
  • Innovation in the context of current technical and commercial developments
  • Strong industry partnerships between industry emitter and solution
  • Strong management capability to effectively implement the GHG reduction solution
  • Indicate that IP is either owned or that sufficient rights to use IP have been retained, for both the purposes of completing the demonstration project and to commercially exploit the results in Ontario

Step 2: Invitation to a Full Application and External Panel Presentation

Full applications are submitted through AccessOCE, OCE’s online application system. The full application requires a detailed implementation plan and a third party assessment of GHG emission reductions and environmental co-benefits, information regarding the technology, value proposition, team and the use of funds.  

Third party assessment of GHG emission reductions includes the validation of project-level GHG emission quantification including baseline development. This third party assessment MUST be carried out by an accredited verification body; i.e. a verification body that is accredited to ISO 14065 by a member of the International Accreditation Forum. The industrial emitter is required to support this cost. 

An External Review Panel (ERP), comprised of sector experts, will review the full application. External reviewers will complete Non-Disclosure Agreements prior to the review of the applications. Applicants will present and respond to questions at the ERP meeting. ERP makes funding recommendations to OCE based on its assessment of the application and presentation. 

The final funding decision rests with OCE through its Internal Review Panel (IRP) which is comprised of senior OCE staff.

Successful Applicants will be notified by OCE and provided an outline of conditions and additional information necessary to activate the project.

Applicants who are not selected for receipt of funding will receive email notification outlining the outcome. An opportunity for Applicants to discuss the decision with their OCE Business Development Manager will be offered.

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Flow of Funds

  • Successful applicants MUST execute an OCE Funding Agreement within 60 days of notification of award. A copy of the agreement will be generated through OCE’s online system and sent to successful applicants upon project approval. Applicants must also complete an Officer’s Certificate for which a template will be provided. 
  • Funding will flow directly to the company based on a claims and reimbursement model for eligible expenses. Claims can be made when submitting interim report(s), every six months and the final report required at the end of the project.

Project Reporting Requirements

The following project reports will be required. 

Please note that to receive funding from OCE, the applicant MUST complete all required reports as a contractual obligation.

Interim Progress and Claim Report(s)

  • Interim report(s), including a statement of progress, 3rd party GHG quantification and a financial attestation, will be required approximately every six months. The company will receive notification and a link from OCE’s AccessOCE system to submit the report. OCE MUST receive and approve reports prior to release of funds for eligible claims.

Note: Applicants MUST retain all proof of purchases, receipts, and other relevant documentation related to eligible expenses. OCE reserves the right to audit any project expenses.

Final Reports

  • Forty-five days prior to the scheduled completion date, the Applicant will receive a notification of the project end date from AccessOCE, OCE’s online system, with a link to the Final Project Report should the Applicant wish to begin entering data. If an extension is required, it MUST be requested via OCE’s online AccessOCE system. After completion of the project, the Applicants and Partners will be required to complete Final project reports (including progress, GHG emission reduction quantification, financials and metrics). Applicant and Partner reports MUST be received and approved by OCE within 30 days of project completion.
  • When the Applicant and Partner Final reports have been approved, the Ontario Applicant will be required to complete an attestation of the use of funds to close the project.
  • All required Final reports from all partners MUST be submitted within 30 days of project completion in order to release the holdback and maintain good financial standing with OCE.

Project Metrics

  • If the project continues past a fiscal year end (March 31), the Ontario Applicant and Industry Partner will be required to complete annual OCE metrics surveys each April for the part of the project that has been completed since the previous March 31. This annual report is mandatory for OCE to fulfil its contracts with its government funder. Required metrics reports from all partners MUST be submitted in order to maintain good financial standing with OCE.

Retrospective Survey

  • Two years after project completion, the Applicants will be sent a link to complete a retrospective survey to collect data on commercial outcomes from the project. OCE requires the information for the assessment of program impact and continuous improvement.

Glossary

Applicant: An Ontario-based industrial emitter that applies to OCE for the TargetGHG Industrial Demonstration and if approved will receive the funds.

Co-applicant:  A technology solution provider (e.g. start-up, SME or large firm) with proven technologies and products from across any sector aimed at reducing GHG emissions. Preference will be given to technologies sourced from Ontario-based companies. However, OCE will consider leading technologies sourced nationally and internationally 

GHG quantification standards: Includes internationally recognized IPCC and ISO 14064 series standards for greenhouse gas emissions.

GHG: Greenhouse gases as measured by CO2 equivalent (CO2e).

Proven Technologies: Proven technologies are technologies that are ready to be implemented. They may have been applied in an operational environment or tested in a laboratory under simulated conditions.

For More Information

Search OCE’s Knowledge Base of Frequently Asked Questions.

For further questions regarding program guidelines, eligibility, and submitting the online application, please contact your OCE Business Development Manager or:

Application Support Team
Tel: (416) 861-1092 x2400
Email: application-support@oce.zendesk.com

For further questions regarding the application review process, please contact:

OCE Review and Results Team
Email: application-review@oce.zendesk.com

For further questions regarding administration of active projects, please contact:

OCE Project Administration Team
Email: project-administration@oce.zendesk.com

For technical inquiries, please contact:

Management Information Systems
Tel: (416) 861-1092 x1005
Email: accessoce@oce.zendesk.com 

For other inquiries, please contact:

Shatha Qaqish-Clavering
Manager, Cleantech Portfolio
Tel: (416) 861-1092 x1110
Email: 


How to Apply

Program Status: Closed for Applications


​Last update: January 9, 2019