Deadline for Submissions
September 27, 2018 - 5 p.m. MDT *INVITE ONLY

Emissions Reduction Alberta - Industrial Efficiency Challenge


Technologies submitted to the $35 million Industrial Efficiency Challenge that showed potential to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and improve cost competitiveness across Alberta’s industrial sectors have been shortlisted. Since the May 31, 2018 deadline, ERA reviewed 93 submissions and has invited 19 applicants to submit Full Project Proposals (FPP). The deadline is September 27, 2018 – 5 p.m. MDT. Funding will help accelerate the deployment and adoption of these technologies and supports Alberta’s large emitters subject to the Carbon Competitiveness Incentive Regulation (CCIR).

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Successful projects must:

  • Involve field piloting, commercial demonstration, or large-scale deployment of leading industrial efficiency technologies at a “Large Final Emitter” site in Alberta (TRL 7-9).
  • Reduce the quantity of energy or GHG emissions to produce the same or greater output.
  • Be complete within three years after commencement.
  • Demonstrate how the solution is “leading” – such as first of kind, first in Alberta, first in industry or first at facility.

Large Final Emitters

Facilities that are considered Large Final Emitters in Alberta are found in a number of sectors, including (but are not limited to):

  • Cement/lime
  • Chemical
  • Energy (Oil and gas)
  • Fertilizer
  • Food manufacturing
  • Forestry/paper
  • Mining
  • Municipalities
  • Pipelines
  • Power generation
  • Waste treatment

Focus Areas

The focus of this funding opportunity is on advancing leading industrial efficiency technologies in Alberta. Our intent is to accelerate technology with near-term market potential (<5 years). This call is open to all industrial sectors, but opportunities within the emissions intensive trade exposed sectors are of particular interest.

Examples of potential areas of interest include (but are not limited to):

  • Process improvements (combustion, catalysts, water treatment, etc.)
  • High efficiency equipment (motors, pumps, compressors, etc.)
  • Waste heat utilization and low carbon industrial heat
  • Fuel switching, electrification, and alternative feedstocks
  • Digital optimization and automation
  • Industrial carbon conversion/utilization
  • Industrial transportation and logistical optimization

Project development stage

All eligible projects must involve field piloting, commercial demonstration, or technology deployment:

  • Field Pilot (TRL 7): At this stage of development, the technology is ready to be field tested in an operational environment. Projects in this category include scale up of prototypes to representative pilot scale and subsequent in-field testing of pilot units.
  • Demonstration (TRL 8): At this stage of development, the technology is approaching the final commercial product and representative systems have been built. Projects in this category include demonstration of near- or fully-commercial scale systems in an operational environment.
  • Commercial Implementation (TRL 9): At this stage, the technology is ready for commercial deployment. Projects in this category will involve design, construction, and operation of the technology in its final commercial form, with the intent to operate the technology for its full commercial life.

Why industrial efficiency?

There is a pent-up demand for innovative technologies that can help Alberta industry reduce emissions and lead in a low carbon global economy.

Alberta has regulatory requirements that require large emitters to reduce GHG emissions. Our province is home to energy-intensive and trade-exposed industries.

We know that technology can help industry adapt to new regulations, reduce GHG emissions and operating costs.

It requires complete solutions and the ERA Industrial Efficiency Challenge is part of a comprehensive strategy. This funding will support Alberta’s industrial operations that are subject to the Carbon Competitiveness Incentive Regulation (CCIR).

Before the launch of this Challenge, ERA sought input from industry, government, and innovators to define the scope of the Challenge so that it will deliver the greatest outcomes in terms of emissions and cost reductions.

With the ERA Industrial Efficiency Challenge, we are targeting near-term opportunities to improve cost competitiveness and reduce GHG emissions from large industrial emitters in Alberta. This funding complements other Government of Alberta programs such as the offset system and Energy Efficiency Alberta’s Industrial Energy Savings programs.

Working together to secure a lower carbon future for Alberta

ERA is a key partner in addressing Alberta’s Climate Leadership priorities. We receive grants from government to deliver on our mandate. This funding is sourced from the Climate Change and Emissions Management Fund, one of the options Large Final Emitters can use to comply with GHG-reducing regulations.

ERA works collaboratively with government, industry and other stakeholders. Together, we can build a better province for future generations.

Emissions Reduction Alberta (ERA) is a legal tradename of the Climate Change and Emissions Management (CCEMC) Corporation.