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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 ERF Onshore Program’s Intake 3 is now closed. For more information on the status of your application, please contact the ERF Concierge Service.

Key changes to Intake 3 included:

  • The Program will only consider eligible projects that fully eliminate the intentional routine venting or flaring of methane;
  • The Program will apply a cost per tonne threshold to ensure value for money;
  • Applicants are required to provide information on minimum funding required;
  • Applicants are required to provide information on how their proposed projects surpass regulatory requirements; and
  • The repayability scale is revised.

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

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

While methane is a significant source of emissions in Canada’s oil and gas sector, it is one of the lowest cost emission reduction opportunities for the sector.

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

Tackling methane emissions has immediate climate and health benefits and supports the transition to a net-zero future.

The Government recently committed to an increased oil and gas methane emissions reduction target of at least a 75% by 2030.

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

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 19, 2022 Request for Proposals (3) Relaunch
    7. March 31 Request for Proposals (3) Closing
  • 2023
    March 31, 2023 All funding allocated

Intake 1 & 2 combined results to date

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  • 28 companies representing 93 projects across Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia representing $143M in ERF funding
  • cut 4.7 MT of CO2e in first year, which is equal to removing 1,000,000 cars from the road
  • 98% of reductions aim to eliminate methane emissions and 2% aim to lower methane emissions

Last Updated: April 1, 2022

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