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Energy and GHG reduction study, green SMART funding program projects announced by CME

Published by Brad Fougere on February 17, 2016

Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters, in partnership with the government of Ontario, have announced two initiatives aimed at supporting small- and medium-sized manufacturers. The $25 million green SMART fund and a study to determine the best practices around SME energy management strategies were announced by the province on February 17.

"CME remains resolute ‎that advanced technology adoption is the key to reducing emissions in the manufacturing sector and that this needs to be encouraged," said CME Vice President, Ontario Ian Howcroft. "This new SMART fund is a step in the right direction toward assisting companies to reduce GHG's while improving their energy efficiency and productivity to the benefit the entire manufacturing supply chain."

The Evaluating Opportunities for Energy and GHG Reduction study will target 100 Ontario SME manufacturing facilities to develop energy conservation, energy management and energy efficiency retrofits best practices.

The study will seek to identify the impacts of advanced technology and productivity enhancement investments made in Ontario’s manufacturing sector to date. The compilation of best practices in attaining energy conservation and reduced greenhouse gas emissions will act as a guide to create a stronger and more agile SME manufacturing sector.

Following the completion of the energy study, details on a new, $25 million program for SME manufacturers looking to complete GHG and energy reduction projects will be unveiled.

For more information on how to participate in the energy study, being conducted with funding from the Ontario government in partnership with CME and ICF Consulting Canada, please contact: Paul Clipsham at 416.388.6711 or by e-mail at

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