The province's Green Ontario Fund has launched the GreenON Food Manufacturing Program, a $3.75-million initiative focused on helping food and beverage producers and processors, and rural communities, reduce their greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution, increase their resiliency, adapt to climate change and transition to a low-carbon economy.
Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) will manage the GreenON Food Manufacturing Program on behalf of the Green Ontario Fund and the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA).
Ontario's food and beverage processing sector is comprised of more than 3,000 businesses, so the potential to make meaningful reductions to the environmental impact of this sector is considerable.
GreenON Food Manufacturing aims to attract innovators and early adopters to undertake projects where outcomes are aggregated to provide competitive business cases and a low-carbon roadmap that other processors can then follow.
This approach is intended to accelerate the rate of adoption across the food and beverage sector for low-carbon technologies; and identify the sequence of activities that food and beverage processors can take to: minimize the capital cost of achieving low-carbon status; minimize input use; minimize pollution; and not increase the risk to food safety assurance.
In this way, the program will demonstrate a practical roadmap for how food and beverage processors can reduce their carbon footprint to below the 50 per cent reduction target for 2050, and position Ontario as a global leader in low-carbon agricultural production.
In addition, deploying leading-edge technologies at food and beverage processors will help Ontario industry remain globally competitive while building the capacity and expertise of Ontario-based technology and service-provider companies.
This application-based program has two streams:
Stream 1 (Retrofit) - Reduce GHG pollution through the adoption of proven technologies such as retrofits to improve energy, water and resource efficiency. Supports upgrades to existing technologies and the validation of the economic and environmental performance of these projects as well as GHG reduction outcomes. Stream 1 projects may qualify for 35 per cent of total eligible project costs up to a maximum of $500,000. The maximum duration of a project will be 24 months.
Stream 2 (Innovation) - Support projects that reduce GHG pollution through the adoption and demonstration of technologies that are lesser known to the food and beverage processing sector in Ontario. Stream 2 projects may qualify for 75 per cent of total eligible project costs up to a maximum of $1 million. The maximum duration of a project will be 24 months.
The GreenON Food Manufacturing Program is funded by the Green Ontario Fund, a non-profit provincial agency launched last summer and mandated to help reduce greenhouse gas pollution through proceeds from Ontario's carbon market. The priority areas for the Green Ontario Fund are large industry, homeowners/renters, and small businesses.
GreenON Food Manufacturing follows the launch in December of GreenON Industries for reducing greenhouse gas pollution from industry and builds on the success of TargetGHG, an industry-focused greenhouse gas pollution reduction program launched in February 2016.
For more information on the GreenON Food Manufacturing program, please visit the Green Ontario Fund website or contact:
416.861.1092 ext. 1033