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Emissions Reduction Fund – Onshore Program

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Supporting Canada’s onshore oil and gas sector in reducing methane emissions

The $675M Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF) – Onshore Program is helping Canadian onshore oil and gas companies invest in green solutions to continue their progress toward reducing methane emissions while facing the current economic crisis and COVID-19 pandemic.

We are committed to working together to strengthen the sector’s environmental performance and providing support during this difficult time.

While methane accounts for 43% of the oil and gas sector’s greenhouse gas (GHGs) emissions, it’s one of the lowest cost opportunities for the sector to reduce emissions.

Reducing methane emissions is an important issue. It’s the air we breathe.

Let’s work together to transition to a greener future.

  • For Canadians it means jobs, better air quality and healthier environment
  • For the Industry it means greener production, reduced costs, and increased global competitiveness

We’ve updated some features of the program for Intake 3 including:

  • program extension for 1 year
  • available funding per company increased from $40M to $50M
  • sliding scale adjustment for repayability portion
  • future co-funding opportunities for Trusted Partnerships with key provincial partners (under negotiation)

What’s in it for you? Infographic

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Program features:

  • Flexible financials
  • Funding: $100,000 to $50 million
  • 97% of reductions aim to eliminate methane emissions and 3% aim to lower methane emissions
  • 5 year payback period after project completion
  • Multiple projects accepted per application
  • Enhanced networking with Clean Growth Collaboration Community

Program benefits:

  • Lower cost emissions reduction
  • Maintaining jobs
  • Deploying green solutions
  • Transitioning to a low carbon economy
  • Attracting investments
  • Increasing global competitiveness

Key dates

Timeline graphic that shows the keys dates of the ERF Onshore Program

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Timeline graphic that shows the keys dates of the ERF Onshore Program

  • 2020
    1. October 29: Request for Proposals (1) opens
    2. November 30: Request for Proposals (1) closing
  • 2021
    3. January 18: Request for Proposals (2) opens
    4. April 6: Requests for Proposals (2) Closing
    5. August 6: Request for Proposals (3) opens
  • 2022
    6. January 7: Request for Proposals (3) Closing
  • 2023
    March 31, 2023 – All funding allocated

Intake 1 results

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  • 15 companies representing 40 projects across Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia representing $71.5M in ERF funding
  • cut 3.1 MT of CO2e in first year, which is equal to removing 674,000 cars from the road
  • 97% of reductions aim to eliminate methane emissions and 3% aim to lower methane emissions

Intake 2 results: Stay tuned for results from our second intake period.

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