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Industrial Energy Efficiency, Carbon Capture Utilization and Storage Grant Program


75 per cent of project costs, up to a maximum of $20 million.


The $80-million Industrial Energy Efficiency and Carbon Capture Utilization and Storage (IEE CCUS) Grant Program is part of a $750-million investment of the Technology Innovation and Emissions Reduction (TIER) fund.

The IEE CCUS will help Alberta’s large industrial emitters:

  • reduce emissions
  • increase competitiveness
  • lower carbon compliance costs
  • improve energy efficiency through technology and equipment upgrades

Eligible Applicants

Facilities must be regulated or eligible to be regulated under the TIER Regulation to be eligible for funding. If an applicant were to propose a new facility as part of its project, that facility would have to be eligible for regulation under the TIER Regulation.

There is no minimum or maximum total project cost eligibility requirement. Existing projects are eligible; however, grant funding cannot be used towards retroactive project costs. Total grant and award funding from all external sources cannot exceed 85 per cent of total project costs.

Only emissions reductions that are regulated under TIER are eligible for funding.

Eligible Expenses

Salaries and Benefits

  • Salary and Labour
    o Actual incremental direct salaries
    o Contractor rates (hourly or daily rate and number of hours or days worked must be included on invoice submitted to the project). Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) reserves the right to review contractor payments.
    o Student labour may paid in the form of a bursary so long as the hourly or daily rate and number of hours or days worked can be supported by appropriate documentation.
    o Salary costs for work performed at government funded labs may be eligible with prior approval of AEP.
  • Employee Benefits
    o Actual incremental benefits costs of employees including but not limited to Employment Insurance, Canada Pension Plan, medical, and vacation payment are eligible expenses up to 20% of base salary.

Indirect and Admin Expenses

  • Admin / Overhead
    o Company overhead directly related to project expenses up to 15% of total project costs (e.g. administrative salary, office supplies, information technology costs, liability insurance, and utilities attributable to the project). Detailed and itemized costs must be shown in project budget, expenses, and invoices and must be supported by a consistent and reasonable allocation methodology.
  • Equipment and Capital Assets
    o Purchase or rental of capital assets (e.g. property, PPE, etc) supported by invoices and which include a description of the useful life of the asset.
  • Consumables
    o Consumables used during the project (e.g. industrial gases, construction supplies, etc).
  • Publications, Reports, Memberships, Tuition
    o Expenses incurred in preparing progress reports are considered a project expense and are eligible including printing, production, and distribution costs.
  • Materials and Supplies
    o Materials and supplies used for project work (e.g. raw materials, tools, software, etc)
  • Workshop Participants
    o Workshops attended by subject experts, outside of the proponents organization, who will provide insight on the project (e.g. costs for speaking fees, travel expenses)
  • Eligible Cash Contributions
    o Expenses for the direct costs of project-related activities related to achieving project objectives.
  • Eligible In-Kind Contributions
    o Non-monetary resources provided by a third party to support the project (e.g. cash equivalent goods or services). These costs must supported by invoices, documents, or payroll records.

Approved Travel Rates

  • Air Travel
    o Only economy airfares.
  • Other Travel Expenses (meals, accommodation, parking)
    o Reasonable out-of-pocket expenses while performing project work in accordance with the Government of Alberta’s travel, meals, and hospitality expenses policy.1 Must be supported by receipts and all expenses must be consistent with project work plan and budget schedules.
  • Gratuities
    o Tips and gratuities to a maximum of 20%
  • Vehicle Travel
    o Toll charges for travel
  • Vehicle Particulars
    o Fuel and vehicle maintenance costs associated with project as a “vehicle allowance”
    o “Vehicle allowance” towards company or personal vehicles
    o Charging mileage up to $0.505 per km on project related duties. Details regarding the locations travelled to/from must be included in the mileage claim. Charging commercial vehicle mileage at a rate consistent with the type of vehicle used.
  • Parking
    o Fees where privately owned vehicles are used for approved Project business
  • Vehicle Rentals
    o Rental rates equivalent to compact or mid-sized vehicles only
  • Taxi Charges
    o Taxis when other more economical means of transportation are unavailable.

Other Costs

  • Any other costs that in opinion of Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP), are considered to be direct and necessary for the successful implementation of the project and have been approved in writing by AEP prior to being incurred.

Deadline Date

October 30, 2020   The remaining $31 million in IEE CCUS program funding will be allocated to support more projects in late 2021.


Contact Name: Industrial Energy Efficiency and Carbon Capture and Utilization Program

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Industry: Energy & Environment, Location: Alberta ,
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