The Green Industrial Facilities and Manufacturing Program (GIFMP) aims to improve energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in industrial facilities by providing funding to implement energy management solutions designed to maximize energy performance and competitiveness
Under the Industrial Facility track, eligible projects include those that support the implementation of energy efficiency and energy management solutions. These activities are intended for industrial facilities that are engaged in energy-consuming processes that involve the physical or chemical transformation of materials or substances into new products.
Eligible recipients under the Industrial Facility track are Canadian facilities in any industrial sector that are engaged in energy-consuming processes that involve the physical or chemical transformation of materials or substances into new products, regardless of the size of the facilities. The maximum amount of NRCan funding that can be requested under Track 2 is $10 million.
Eligible Project activities
Training for Energy Management Practitioners
- Workforce development and training for energy management practitioners will raise competencies to ensure the Canadian industrial sector has adequate access to skilled energy practitioners to lead energy efficiency projects and guide energy management solutions.
Energy Assessments and Audits
- Energy assessments and audits identify opportunities to improve energy efficiency, reduce operating costs, increase business competitiveness, and reduce GHG emissions. This activity may also include Process Integration and Computational Fluid Dynamic studies, which are designed to determine where, when, why and how energy is being used in an industrial facility.
- Energy Managers identify energy saving opportunities, build an energy-savings culture, and implement energy management systems. Industrial facilities require energy managers to identify energy and GHG emissions reductions opportunities and related cost-savings, to provide advice, and to make a compelling case to implement projects. The energy manager’s primary job function is energy, cost and GHG emissions reductions.
Energy Management Systems
- Energy management systems establish frameworks for organizations to systematically track, analyze and manage energy, set priorities, and adopt energy efficient practices that are proven to continuously improve energy performance. This activity may include Energy Management Information Systems (EMIS) in accordance with NRCan’s Guidelines, ISO 50001 compliant energy management systems recognized by the 50001 Ready Canada program, ISO 50001 certified energy management systems, Superior Energy Performance certified energy management systems, and other custom approaches.
Strategic Energy Management
- Strategic energy management may involve a single industrial facility or cohorts that bring many industrial facilities together under the guidance of a qualified energy practitioner. Regardless of the delivery model, this activity embeds energy and GHG emissions management in organizations through a combination of education, coaching, peer-to-peer knowledge sharing, and technical support.
- Energy efficiency-focused retrofit capital investments support modifications or upgrading of a facility’s energy-consuming systems and equipment (stationary and mobile), processes, infrastructure, or existing industrial building envelope. They include (but are not limited to) boiler plant systems, compressed air systems, domestic and process hot water systems, fan and pump systems, heating and ventilating and air-conditioning systems, lighting systems, process furnaces, dryers and kilns, refrigeration systems, and steam and condensate systems and waste heat recovery, as well as metering equipment, automation, and control systems (instrumentation and software).
Who Can ApplyEligible recipients under the Industrial Facility track are Canadian facilities in any industrial sector that are engaged in energy-consuming processes that involve the physical or chemical transformation of materials or substances into new products, regardless of the size of the facilities.
The Industrial Facility track offers cost-shared financial assistance of up to 50% of eligible implementation costs to a maximum of $10 million per proposal; the minimum contribution is $40,000 per proposal.
Eligible Project CostsIn addition to the activities described above, eligible costs can also include:
- Salaries and benefits of employees of the eligible recipient
- Professional services
- License fees, data purchases, certification costs, regulatory compliance and inspection costs, construction insurance, and permits
- Capital expenditures toward retrofitting or upgrading existing facilities, buildings or infrastructure that improve energy efficiency
- Overhead expenditures (for the further distribution of funds) may be included in the total costs up to 15% of eligible expenditures
July 31, 2023