Feds announce investment to help farmers adopt clean technologies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions
July 19, 2022 By Government of Canada
The Government of Canada has announced 28 additional projects under the Agricultural Clean Technology (ACT) program. This investment of more than $8.7 million will support the adoption of clean technologies across Canada.
In Manitoba, more than $2.5 million will support five new projects. Under the ACT program, farmers and agri-businesses will have access to funding to help develop and adopt the latest clean technologies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and boost their long-term competitiveness. This funding is focused on three priority areas: green energy and energy efficiency, precision agriculture; and bioeconomy solutions.
Through the recently expanded ACT program, it is anticipated that current pollution levels will be reduced by up to 0.8 megaton as a result of fuel switching and decreased fuel consumption.
As part of the Emissions Reduction Plan launched in March 2022, the Government of Canada has committed over $1 billion in new funding to accelerate the agricultural sector’s progress on reducing emissions. This commitment includes an additional $330 million to the Agricultural Clean Technology (ACT) Program, tripling the support for innovation and the development and adoption of clean technologies in the agricultural sector, and an additional $470 million for the On-Farm Climate Action Fund to broaden and extend the program past 2024.
Program funding for the ACT – Adoption Stream is up to $100 million over five years with $50 million set aside for the purchase and installation of more efficient grain dryers for Canadian farmers, and up to $10 million over the next two years (2021–2023) is to be used toward powering farms with cleaner energy and moving off diesel fuel.
For more information on the ACT program, visit agriculture.canada.ca.
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