EllisDon in Partnership with U of T Acquires $2.4 Million in Funding for Carbon Accounting Tool
From left to right: Brenda McCabe, Daman Panesar, Shoshanna Saxe, Heather MacLean and Daniel Posen of the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering
University of Toronto Engaged to Develop Essential Component of the Carbon Impact Initiative Action Plan
Mississauga, ON, January 9, 2018— EllisDon, in partnership with the University of Toronto, has successfully secured a $2.4 million grant through the TargetGHG Collaborative R&D program to develop a Carbon Accounting Tool. The program is supported by Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).“This tool will be imperative in transforming the construction industry and its associated supply chain into a low carbon sector,” said Natasha Arsenijevich, Program Coordinator, Carbon Impact Initiative, EllisDon. “Once we are able to quantify and confidently determine the most adverse materials and processes, we can strategically prioritize our response and take meaningful steps toward climate change mitigation.”EllisDon engaged the University of Toronto (UofT) to develop a fully working beta version of the Carbon Accounting Tool over the course of the three-year program. As part of the Carbon Impact Initiative Action Plan launched by EllisDon in June 2016, the objective of the Tool is to quantify greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions generated during the entire lifecycle of a new-build or retrofit project. There are currently no such tools on the market that incorporates the breadth and complexity of this information capture, tracking, and analytical capability.“What we’re building is a decision-support tool that can be used in the early stages of design and planning,” said Professor Heather MacLean (CivE), one of five U of T Engineering professors involved in the project. “Ultimately, the goal is to produce infrastructure with much lower greenhouse gas impact.”The Tool will help identify areas where GHG emissions are highest and provide comprehensive solutions and strategies to achieve optimal GHG reductions. Once completed, EllisDon will incorporate this tool into all of its projects for testing in preparation for commercialization of the product.