Qualified Technical Service Providers

CME is currently accepting qualified consultants with experience in energy efficiency/Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions reduction assessments and/or measurement and verification of GHG emissions in the manufacturing sector for the purpose of participating in the SMART Green Program.

The Qualified Technical Service Provider (QTSP) is responsible for providing the Applicant with technical data and guidance for projects that will reduce GHG emissions.

A QTSP may perform three (3) different types of assessments:

1. Walk-through Assessment: The purpose of the walk-through assessment is to determine if there is a potential project at a facility that would qualify under the SMART Green program for project funding. This type of assessment is for Applicants that do not have a specific GHG reduction project in mind and do not know where to start. For Applicants that do have an assessment in mind, they can go straight to a detailed technical assessment. During the walk-through assessment the QTSP should make notes on all of the processes/equipment at the facility and ask relevant questions such as age of equipment and operating hours. The QTSP should then determine if there are any potential projects that should be assessed in detail that would lower the GHG emissions of the processes and/or equipment. The results of the walk-through should be presented in a report. Please refer to our suggested walk-through report outline.

2. Detailed Technical Assessment, with or without gas metering: The purpose of the detailed technical assessment is to support a SMART Green project application. A detailed technical assessment is a requirement when applying for project funding. If an Applicant has had a detailed assessment completed in the last 12 months, this may be sufficient to support a project application, as long as it contains the minimum requirements. The detailed technical assessment will include the calculation of the facility baseline GHG emissions (to an accuracy of +/-15%), the baseline GHG emissions for the equipment or process that is the subject of the project application (to an accuracy of +/-15%), and the calculation of the expected GHG reductions that will be achieved through project implementation (to an accuracy of (+/-15%). The detailed technical application should also include an estimate of all capital costs and other eligible expenses associated with the project (to an accuracy of +/-25%).

An M&V Plan should be formulated and included in the final assessment report so that any organization can use the plan and perform the M&V post project. Since the original QTSP assessment report is used as the basis for the approval on energy/tCO2e reductions, they should be responsible for producing the M&V Plan which should determine the success criteria. Costs associated with formulating the M&V Plan are an eligible expense under a technical assessment application.

It is the applicant’s responsibility to verify that the selected QTSP is qualified to also perform the M&V report; if not, an additional QTSP/Third Party will have to be selected to complete the M&V post-implementation requirements under the program. Costs associated with completing the M&V report are an eligible expense under a project application.

Please refer to our suggested detailed technical assessment report outline.

3. Measurement and Verification (M&V) Report: An M&V plan should have been developed during the assessment phase, whether completed by an internal or external resource, and included in the project application.The M&V report is prepared at the completion of a project. The purpose of the M&V report is to verify that the GHG reductions achieved post-project implementation are in line with the expected reductions based on the detailed technical assessment. Completing an M&V report is a requirement to receiving full project funding. Project Measurement and Verification (M&V) Procedures shall be consistent with IPMVP Protocols. IPMVP Protocols means the International Performance Measurement & Verification Protocol (IPMVP) – Core Concepts April 2016 EVO 10000 – 1:2016, and Statistics and Uncertainty for IPMVP June 2014 EVO 10100 – 1:2014 or later as in effect from time to time. See www.evo-world.org.  The M&V plan should be finalized with a SMART Green Technical Advisor prior to the completion of the project. Please refer to our suggested M&V report outline.

Proposals

In support of a funding application, the QTSP is required to provide a proposal to the Applicant that will include the type of work to be conducted, the process that will be applied, time frame, breakdown of costs, and expected outcomes.

Minimum Proposal Requirements:

  • Proposals must provide details on the work to be completed in such a way that it is clear that enough information will be collected to produce a report that will include all of the information outlined in the sample report outlines posted in the Related Links section of this website.
  • Proposals must include a timeline. (We expect walk-throughs to be completed within 30 days and detailed assessments to be completed within 60 days. A maximum of 90 days is allowed for the completion of an assessment. If this is not enough time please provide an explanation with requested timeline in proposal.)

Proposals for detailed assessments must include a statement that baseline GHG emissions and expected GHG reductions will be calculated to an accuracy of +/-15% and capital costs (including all eligible expenses under SMART Green) will be calculated to +/-25%.

Qualifications

CME does not want to limit a company’s use of qualified experts just because they are not known to CME. If a company has a relationship with, and confidence in, experts that are not yet designated by CME, the company can propose an on-site assessment with a new expert, provided the company submits specific background information on that expert for review by CME.  This MUST be done in advance of submitting an assessment application for consideration.

In making this review, CME’s objectives are:

  • to establish that the expert is a bona fide professional services provider with appropriate experience in the specified areas, and
  • to prevent instances of self-dealing between companies and related-party service providers.

After review by CME staff, if approved, the new service provider will be added to the list of designated experts and will be available to conduct assessments for other eligible companies.

In order to qualify as a QTSP, the consulting firm must be a registered business operating in Ontario for a minimum of one year, with one or more qualified assessors who have proven experience in monitoring and verification of Energy and Greenhouse Gas savings projects AND have one or more of the following minimum requirements:

  • P.Eng
  • CSA GHG-IQ Certification
  • LEED Certification
  • Trained in acceptable GHG quantification standards (IPCC and ISO 14064 Series)
  • Proven methodology for calculating energy and GHG cost savings and analysis
  • Proven experience with energy efficiency and GHG audits in a manufacturing environment
  • Experience with technical report writing

Interested candidates are asked to forward a background on the company, a C.V. for any listed consultants, and a list of relevant project experience in dealing with GHG Reduction programs and implementation to cmeassessment@cme-smart.ca. There is no fee to be listed as a QTSP, however all applications will be reviewed and only qualifying companies will be selected.

By applying as a SMART QTSP, you acknowledge that:

  • You have read the guidelines of the SMART Green Program outlined in this website.
  • CME makes no guarantee of the value or volume of work.
  • CME will list successful consultants on the website where manufacturers can contact them directly.
  • CME does not suggest or promote any consultant over another and therefore any and all work related to the program must be self-managed.
  • CME is not responsible for any payments owed by the Applicant to the QTSP.

For details on the requirements of a post-assessment technical report, refer to the “Reporting and Reimbursement Process” section of the Assessment guidelines.

Disclaimer: The information provided on this page is accurate at the time of posting and is subject to change without notice.