ECCC and the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador Invest in Heat Pumps

On October 21, 2022, the Hon. Seamus O’Regan Jr., Minister of Labour and MP for St. John’s South-Mount-Peal, on behalf of the Hon. Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Environment and Climate Change (ECCC), announced a $148,000 investment to replace three oil furnaces with air-to-water heat pumps at the Sea-Force Hyperbaric Inc. Reception Facility in St. John’s, Newfoundland.

ECCC and the province will contribute $37,000 each to the fuel-switching project with Sea-Force Hyperbaric Inc. contributing approximately $74,000.

According to an ECCC press release, the government estimates that the project will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 150 tonnes annually.

“The transition to a clean, sustainable economy is an enormous opportunity that requires investment, adaptation, and new ways of doing business,” said O’Regan Jr. “It means reducing carbon wherever and whenever we have the opportunity. Working with organizations like Sea-Force Hyperbaric to replace oil furnaces with air-to-water heat pumps lowers carbon, reduces costs, and makes them more competitive.”

The Sea-Force Hyperbaric Reception Facility was built to provide hyperbaric oxygen therapy for Newfoundland’s offshore industry divers suffering from decompression sickness.    

“Through the support provided by both the Provincial and Federal Governments, Sea-Force Hyperbaric Inc. were able to make a notable contribution to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions,” said Sea-Force Hyperbaric Inc. Director Jim Hynes.  

“Replacing the three oil furnaces, which consumed approx. 55,000 Litres of fuel per year, with air to water heat pumps was an important energy efficiency upgrade and a significant reduction in energy consumption.”

The federal portion of the funding comes from the Low Carbon Economy Fund, a $2.2 billion program that supports projects to reduce Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions.

As the voice of the Canadian HVACR industry, HRAI is committed to fighting climate change. Our industry has the technology and expertise to lead the way in this transition towards a low carbon economy. See HRAI’s Climate Action Statement to better understand how HRAI is engaging government to address the climate crisis in Canada. 

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