G8 Environmental Futures Forum 2000

Detailed Description of Best Practices
Canada No.9

I. Title of the Best Practice

Technology Early Action Measures (TEAM)

II. Overview of the Best Practice

Technology Early Action Measures (TEAM) was established to focus on accelerating the market implementation of technologies for climate change and economic benefits, through deployment, development and overcoming non-technological barriers. The $56 million of TEAM funding effort provided a bold technology plan within the current Canadian Climate Change Action Fund (CCAF) which has a timeframe of three years ending in March 2001. TEAM is focused on the implementation of projects that can deliver GHG reduction impacts over a five-year period and up to the Kyoto attainment period. Through TEAM, the Government of Canada has joined forces with industry, provinces, municipalities and others to share risk and stretch our scarce investment dollars through partnerships.

The details of program description and decision-making principles and roles and accountabilities can be found at the website for the CCAF at www.climatechange.gc.ca.

Technology Projects and Leverage:
For announced projects, Canadian companies involved so far include: Stuart Energy Systems, IOGEN Corporation, Petro-Canada, Powerbase Inc., BC Gas International, Orenda Aerospace, Questor Industries, Toromont Energy, Eastern Power Development, Yugotech Inc., Hydro Québec, Toronto Renewable Energy Cooperative, Global Thermoelectric, Suncurrent Industries, and Ensyn Technologies.

Types of projects cover a broad range including: renewable energy; electric, natural gas and fuel cell vehicle infrastructure; energy from waste; residential ventilation and heating; district heating; manure management; improved forestry; oil sands heavy oil production; small hydro; solar crop drying; industrial and domestic energy efficiency.

As of November, 1999 some 47 domestic and international projects have been approved with a total value of $433 million. Most of the funding is from private sector investment built on an allocation of $46 million to date from TEAM. This represents a 9:1 leverage ratio for CCAF funds.

These technologies are demonstrating that we can reduce GHG and promote economic development in a broad range of sectors of the economy from oil sands to renewables to fuel cells to manure management. In addition, the application of these technologies will provide significant ancillary environmental and human health benefits.

Building Canadian Innovation Partnerships Nationally and Regionally:
Addressing climate change has become a successful public-private partnership, converging a policy priority and a business opportunity.

TEAM has successfully demonstrated a new horizontally managed delivery mechanism for enhanced federal climate change mitigation technology investment.

TEAM is not a new bureaucracy. In a true "team" spirit, it enables collaboration among federal government departments, including - NRCan, Environment Canada and Industry Canada (the three lead departments responsible for managing TEAM), as well as Transport, Agriculture and Agri-Food, Foreign Affairs & International Trade, Canadian International Development Agency, National Research Council and Health.

TEAM has been able to integrate the technology capabilities and business plans of a range of domestic technology companies with R&D centres, with financing mechanisms, with municipal and local government GHG reduction opportunities.

TEAM has provided a very useful mechanism to steadily build relations with provincial, and regional interests based on solutions for climate change mitigation, while contributing to the ongoing policy dialogue aimed at developing a national climate change strategy.

Linking Canadian Innovation Partnerships with International Opportunities:
TEAM has provided a unique set of international projects which demonstrate the benefits of linking Canadian companies' business strategies and technology capabilities with global business opportunities and with our international policy objectives to assist developing countries.

TEAM has developed a suite of international projects which have developed partnerships with Canadian companies and linked their technology to private and public sector partners in a growing number of developing countries. This has served to demonstrate, on the international scene, that GHG reduction and economic development can be done together.

III. Categorizing the Best Practice

1. Classification(s) (Indicate main classification(s) only.)
( ) Regulatory Approach (Policy approaches - regulations, incentives, etc)
( X ) Practical Action (Action undertaken independently by a social actor)
( ) Social Network Mechanism (Cooperative structure)

2. Social Actor(s) Involved (Indicate main social actor(s) only)
( X ) Citizens
( X ) Central government
( X ) Local government
( X ) Business

3. Sector(s) (indicate main sector(s) only.)
( X ) Energy
( X ) Household
( X ) Transportation
( X ) Industrial Enterprises
( X ) Other (Non-Industrial) Business
( X ) Agriculture / Land Use / Forestry
( ) Other

4. Target Greenhouse Gas(es)
( X ) CO2
( X ) CH4
( X ) N2O
( X ) HFC
( X ) PFC
( X ) SF6
( ) Other

IV. List of Attachments

V. Please indicate a person to contact for more information about this Best Practice.

Contact Person: Wayne Richardson
Title: Director
Organization: TEAM Operations Office, NRCan
Email: wsrichar@nrcan.gc.ca
Tel: 1-613-996-5419
Fax: 1-613-947-1016
Address: 580 Booth Street, 13th Floor
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
K1A 0E4

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