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Sub-program 2.2.3

Clean Energy Science and Technology

Description

Energy production and use have environmental impacts that cannot be adequately addressed using existing technologies. This Sub-program establishes collaborations with academia, industry and the public sector to research, develop and demonstrate innovative solutions for environmental challenges in the energy sector. The objective is for academia, industry, and the public sector to lay the foundation for the next generation of clean energy products and practices that will have fewer negative impacts on Canada's air, land and water, by funding, creating and advancing new energy knowledge and technologies. This Sub-program is supported by the Program of Energy Research and Development, the Clean Energy Fund, the ecoENERGY Innovation Initiative, and the Isotope Technology Acceleration Program.

Non-Financial Performance Information
Expected Result Performance Indicators Targets
Academia, industry and the public sector pursue clean energy S&T that has fewer negative environmental impacts Ratio of total NRCan program investments in clean energy S&T versus leveraged funding from partners 1:1 ratio by March 31, 2014
Financial Performance Information ($ thousands)
Planned Spending Main Estimates
249,520 249,520

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FSDS Theme I – Addressing Climate Change and Air Quality

FSDS Goal 1 – Climate Change

Reduce greenhouse gas emission levels to mitigate the severity and unavoidable impacts of climate change.

FSDS Target 1.1 – Climate Change Mitigation

Relative to 2005 emission levels, reduce Canada’s total greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) 17% by 2020.

FSDS Implementation Strategies – Clean Air Agenda

1.1.5 Undertake and deliver scientific research and reporting in support of regulatory and other programs, including data analysis, inventory development, monitoring, modeling and assessment of the effectiveness of efforts as well as research on options, costs and benefits, and technology assessments. (EC, HC, NRCan, TC)

FSDS Implementation Strategies – Clean Energy

1.1.26 Supply financial aid and develop capacity to reduce GHGs through the adoption of emission reducing technologies and practices. (NRCan)

1.1.27 Use the Program of Energy Research and Development (PERD) to research and develop energy technologies that will reduce GHG emissions. (NRCan)

1.1.28 Use the Clean Energy Fund for transitioning the energy sector by developing and demonstrating new technologies that will reduce GHG emissions. (NRCan)

FSDS Implementation Strategy – Clean Transportation

1.1.37 Undertake research, development and deployment of new technologies to reduce GHGs. (NRCan)

How Activity Supports FSDS Target

The research, development and deployment of clean energy science, technology and knowledge in Canada will provide long-term solutions to reducing greenhouse gases emissions from energy production, distribution and end-use. Thus, Sub-program Clean Energy Science and Technology contributes to FSDS Target 1.1 Climate Change Mitigation.

The Program of Energy Research and Development (PERD) funds research and development designed to ensure a sustainable energy future for Canada in the best interest of both the economy and the environment. The program is specifically targeted to activities of federal departments and agencies. Research and development supported by PERD helps to advance key clean energy technologies in Canada that will contribute to a reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in the future. Thus, Sub-program Clean Energy Science and Technology contributes to FSDS Target 1.1 – Climate Change Mitigation.

The Clean Energy Fund is providing nearly $795 million over five years to advance Canadian leadership in clean energy technologies. The fund is investing specifically in large-scale carbon capture and storage demonstration projects and smaller-scale demonstration projects of renewable and alternative energy technologies. The advancement of key clean energy science and technology in Canada through the Clean Energy Fund will help provide long-term solutions to reducing greenhouse gas emissions from energy supply, distribution and end-use. Thus, Sub-program Clean Energy Science and Technology contributes to FSDS Target 1.1 – Climate Change Mitigation.

FSDS Goal 2 – Air Pollution

Minimize the threats to air quality so that the air Canadians breathe is clean and supports healthy ecosystems.

FSDS Target 2.1 – Air Pollutants

Reduce air pollutants in order to maintain or improve air quality across the country and achieve the emission targets which are currently under development in consultation with the provinces and stakeholders.

FSDS Implementation Strategy – Clean Energy

2.1.16 ecoACTION programs reduce GHG emissions and can directly or indirectly contribute to air pollutant emission reduction. (NRCan, TC, INAC)

FSDS Implementation Strategy – Clean Transportation

2.1.23 Undertake research, development and deployment of new technologies to reduce GHG and other air-pollutant emissions. (NRCan)

How Activity Supports FSDS Target

The research, development and deployment of clean energy science, technology and knowledge in Canada will provide long-term solutions to reducing greenhouse gas emissions from energy production, distribution and end-use. Thus, Sub-program Clean Energy Science and Technology contributes to FSDS Target 2.1 Air Pollutants.

Program Name: ecoENERGY Innovation Initiative

CAA Theme: Clean Energy

Description of ecoENERGY Innovation Initiative:

NRCan’s ecoENERGY Innovation Initiative (ecoEII) received funding in Budget 2011 for a comprehensive suite of research and development (R&D) and demonstration projects. The program’s objective is to support energy technology innovation to produce and use energy in a more clean and efficient way. This Initiative is a component of the Government of Canada’s actions to achieve real emissions reductions, while maintaining Canada’s economic advantage and its ability to create jobs for Canadians. The ecoEII will also help in the search for long-term solutions to reducing and eliminating air pollutants from energy production and use.

Expected program results for 2013-14:

The ecoENERGY Innovation Initiative’s program supports innovation in the clean energy sector through the funding of research, development and demonstration (RD&D) projects that support academia, industry and the public sector in producing and using energy in a cleaner and more efficient way. Activities funded will be in five strategic priority areas: energy efficiency; clean electricity and renewable fuels; bioenergy; electrification of transportation; and unconventional oil and gas. In 2013-14, ecoENERGY Innovation Initiative energy technology projects will be implemented with industry, academia and other government departments and agencies to research, develop and demonstrate innovative solutions for environmental challenges in the energy sector. NRCan will also manage contribution agreements in renewable energy research and development and renewable energy and carbon capture and storage technology demonstrations.

Performance measures:

Key outcomes Indicators Targets Tracking Methods

Academia, industry and public sector collaborations for the advancement and demonstration of clean energy technologies

Number of collaborations (e.g., contracts, agreements, memoranda of understanding, projects) established to research, develop and demonstrate clean energy technologies

Maintain historical level by March 31, 2016

Yearly (on-going monitoring), using planning and reporting templates
Increased availability of scientific and technical knowledge to advance the development of technology

Number of scientific knowledge products (e.g. papers, workshops)

Number of codes and standards and regulations informed by RD&D

Maintain historical level, subject to fiscal adjustments, by March 31, 2016

Numbers consistent with historical averages by March 31, 2016

Yearly (on-going monitoring), using planning and reporting templates

Yearly reporting; one survey at the end of the Program, using planning and reporting templates
Program spending for 2013-14
Total CAA Program Planned Spending
$60,757,500

 

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