By: The Working Forest Staff
To help fight climate change, Ontario is encouraging businesses, utilities, non-profit organizations, registered charities, conservation authorities and Indigenous organizations to develop new and innovative solutions for reducing greenhouse gas pollution.
Chris Ballard, Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, was joined today by Parminder Sandhu, Green Ontario Fund board chair and Interim CEO, to announce the launch of the GreenON Challenge.
This program will support the exploration and development of new projects to reduce pollution, advance the province’s low-carbon economy and meet Ontario’s greenhouse gas reduction targets.
Projects could include, for example:
- Developing buildings that use dramatically less energy than typical buildings due to energy efficient designs, including high level insulation, high-performance windows and construction materials that prevent air leaks
- A row of houses that save energy by sharing it from one centralized heating source
- Developing new financing mechanisms for low-carbon technologies and processes
- Developing more energy efficient practices to develop products, such as switching to less carbon-intensive fuel, like biofuels, recovering heat, or changing the chemical makeup of a process
- Finding transformative ways to increase the number of home energy improvements.
Funded by proceeds from Ontario’s carbon market, the Green Ontario Fund is making it easier for people and businesses to choose and adopt low-carbon technologies and processes that help reduce greenhouse gas pollution at home and work.
Making it easier to access and adopt low-carbon technologies and processes is part of Ontario’s plan to create fairness and opportunity during this period of rapid economic change. The plan includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25 through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation.