FCM Announces GMF Funding - SAEWA

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Government of Canada and FCM announce $72 million for municipal projects demonstrating strong actions on climate change (23/06/2017)


Ottawa, ON — The Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, and Clark Somerville, Past President of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) today announced funding for 48 projects in communities across Canada through the Green Municipal Fund. The $72 million investment supports capital projects, pilot projects, feasibility studies and plans that will directly or indirectly cut greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and address climate change challenges.

The total cumulative anticipated GHG reduction1 of the capital projects announced is over 310,000 tonnes of CO2 equivalent — approximately equal to taking 71,000 cars off the road annually. Today's announcement underlines the positive and crucial role municipalities play in addressing climate change challenges.

Initiatives announced today stem from all parts of the country and deliver innovative approaches that provide cleaner air and water, increase energy efficiency and reduce GHG emissions and solid waste. For example, the Regional County Municipality (RCM) of Manicouagan in Quebec demonstrated that it was possible for a remote northern community to build a multi-material recycling centre in the face of high costs due to distance from major markets for recyclable materials and the region's dispersed population base.

Other initiatives include electric vehicle charging stations for Canada's largest net-zero energy neighbourhood in London, ON; a waste-to-energy transformation system in Southern Alberta; and a feasibility study for a micro-sewer energy recovery system in Richmond, BC.

These initiatives demonstrate that cities and communities are committed to playing a key role in achieving national climate change goals.

Find more information about the initiatives that received funding:

1 FCM reports cumulative GHG emissions avoided using a method that aligns with internationally accepted standards. A key assumption of the approach is that GMF funds projects that are better than business as usual (BAU). FCM determines cumulative GHG emissions avoided based on a projection of these better than BAU benefits, continuing for seven years. This implies there is a cumulative savings over the first seven years of operation. Of note, the capital projects included in this announcement feature anticipated emission reductions. The actual emission reductions may be different once the projects are completed.

"Canadians expect action on climate change, and the Green Municipal Fund is a major step in the right direction. With cities accounting for 70 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, this $72 million investment will support projects that help lower emissions, create good-paying jobs, and foster clean and healthy towns and cities across the country. This is climate action done right."
The Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change

"We are growing Canada's economy through investments in green infrastructure, clean technologies and lower-carbon transportation options. These innovative and targeted GMF initiatives show these investments in action, solving some of today's biggest environmental challenges while helping us to meet our domestic climate goals and international commitments."
— The Honourable Jim Carr, Canada's Minister of Natural Resources

"FCM is extremely proud to showcase how Canadian municipalities are driving concrete results and contributing in a meaningful way to the national climate change agenda. The projects announced today demonstrate what effective partnership can produce for our country's environment, and how FCM is a natural partner in the transition to low carbon communities."
Clark Somerville, FCM Past President 


Related information

FCM's Green Municipal Fund

Green Municipal Fund 2015-2016 Annual Report

EPA green gas equivalencies table


Southern Alberta Energy from Waste Association (SAEWA) 'Energy from Waste Project'

GMF Number15064TypeFeasibility StudySectorTransportationSub SectorFleet ManagementTotal Project Value$346,500Grant$173,250 Fiscal Year Approved2016Timeline2016 - OngoingStatusIn Progress Lead ApplicantTown of Coaldale, ABPopulation7,493ContactMrs. Sherry PooleProject Manager, AdministratorSouthern Alberta Energy from Waste Association(403) 563-5759sherry@saewa.ca
Image coming soon The Southern Alberta Energy from Waste Association (SAEWA), in partnership with the Town of Coaldale will complete a site selection feasibility study for an energy-from-waste (EFW) project, focusing on the transportation and logistical impacts of potential sites. SAEWA, located in southern Alberta, is a coalition of waste management jurisdictions with a total of 56 municipalities and nine waste authorities with an interest in the development of an EFW facility to recover energy from residual waste and reduce long-term reliance on landfill disposal. As an alternative to landfill expansion and as a complement to recycling, this facility will provide its stakeholders with significant social, environmental and economic benefits.


Given the large geographical area covered by the SAEWA membership and the wide distribution of waste generation, the transportation of waste will have a substantial influence on the feasibility of an EFW facility. As part of the site selection process, a detailed and comprehensive material transport analysis will be performed to assist with establishing an efficient logistics plan for the overall system. The objective of the transportation and logistical analysis is to:


• Provide estimates of the environmental benefits of the facility in terms of reductions to Greenhouse Gas (GHG) and Criteria Air Containments (CAC). Lower emissions of reduced truck vehicle miles traveled causal to the preferred geographical site chosen on the basis of minimizing haul distances from various municipalities.

• Geospatial data collection and geospatial analysis to inform a shortlist of candidate sites.

• Create and populate an evaluation framework for site selection based upon a sustainable return on investment approach including factors such as: minimization of transportation distance and cost, proximity to rail network, ease of transmission grid interconnection, and other environmental considerations.

• Confirm waste quantities, composition and location of potential feedstock.

• Perform high level benefit cost analysis of front-end processing of recyclable, metals, and organics waste streams.

• Develop a repeatable "plug and play" based logistics model that can be used throughout the duration of the project as changing conditions warrant. The tool will allow scenarios to be run assuming various origin and destination pairs of waste streams commitments. The methodology will be fully documented allowing replication for other siting applications.

• Determine the proximity of a potential customer base for the sale of renewable energy. This potential customer base could be either existing energy users or the facility could be utilized as an anchor to attract future industrial and commercial local economic development.

• Short list potential candidate sites.


Preliminary studies have indicated that in combination with the EFW facility, with proper incentives to create awareness and encourage community and stakeholder involvement, SAEWA members can obtain more than a 70 per cent waste diversion rate from landfill.


(Project description from original funding application).