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Unleashing SME Potential: Announcing a groundbreaking project to tackle climate change

Climate Smart with the Government of Canada’s Low Carbon Economy Fund, is thrilled to announce a groundbreaking portfolio of projects to unleash the latent potential of SMEs to accelerate Canada’s transition to a low carbon future. Four businesses, from the west to the east coast, will profitably transform their operations and drastically slash their emissions and energy use.

Key facts and figures

  • Five projects across four participating businesses, based in British Columbia and Ontario and across transportation, recreation and real estate industries.
  • $6.8 million invested, with 50% – 75% invested by the businesses themselves.
  • Over 1.3 million tonnes of CO₂ equivalent reduced over the lifetime of the projects.
  • Over 306,000 GJ less of energy consumed as a result of the projects.
  • 700 jobs created by the implementation of the five projects.
  • Additional benefits including cleaner air and reduction in health impacting pollutants as a result of switching to cleaner power.


Climate Smart has been supported in the legal aspects of this project by Richards Buell Sutton LLP. Founded in 1871, RBS is the oldest law firm in British Columbia, and is one of the 8 oldest firms still in existence in all of Canada. RBS aims to actively give back to their local community, and is proud to add this ecological project to their list of philanthropic efforts.


  • Cypress Mountain

    Cypress Mountain, as part of their aim to be a local leader in environmental stewardship, will be undertaking a large scale upgrade of the lighting in their popular Nordic and Alpine ski areas from metal halide to LEDs, reducing their emissions associated with electricity use by 61% and their energy use by nearly 50,000 GJ over the lifetime of the project.

    Cypress Mountain Resort is very excited to partner with Climate Smart BC as part of the LCEF challenge to reduce greenhouse gases. This project, as part of Cypress Mountain’s sustainability plan, is a key initiative to reach our targets as a local leader in environmental stewardship. With the replacement of over 500 metal halide trail lights for both our Downhill and Nordic facilities over the course of the next year will reduce our yearly power consumption of these devices by approximately 60% and provide our skiers and riders with an improved night skiing experience.

    Jeremy Wentzel, Director of Operations, Cypress Mountain

  • Durham Condominium Corporation 120 for East Hamptons Condos

    The East Hampton Condos in Ajax will be upgrading their ventilation systems in all four of their buildings with new makeup air units that use a variable refrigerant flow system. This will not only reduce the load on in-unit air conditioners, but will require less energy to operate than the current system, saving 147,074 GJ by 2050 and realizing significant savings in their energy costs.

    The residents at East Hamptons are very excited to have these ventilation upgrades done and are looking forward to having cleaner air and lower energy costs while contributing to lowering their carbon impact. It’s a win-win for everyone!

    Cathy Mulrine, Board President, Durham Condominium Corporation 120 for East Hamptons Condominiums

  • Prince Rupert Port Authority

    The Prince Rupert Port Authority, building on numerous environmental initiatives across the port, will be undertaking two projects to provide electric power to ships at dock, reducing fuel use by at least 60%. In addition to reductions of over 1.2 million tonnes of CO₂ equivalent over the project’s lifetime, air quality will also be enhanced by reducing pollutants from vessels burning marine fuel.

    The Prince Rupert Port Authority sees this project as a great fit. It is in keeping with our approach of long-term planning, integrated objectives, and proactive partnerships to support our mission to grow Canadian trade. As we prepare for new port development and growth in vessel traffic, minimizing any potential impacts to the environment is a key measure of our success. Reducing the level of air emissions from container vessels at berth at Fairview Terminal through shore power will provide an effective way to further improve the port’s environmental performance.

    Ken Veldman, VP Public Affairs & Sustainability, Prince Rupert Port Authority

  • SAAM SMIT Towage Canada

    SAAM SMIT Towage, building on their environmental policy, will install power inverters on the three remaining tugboats that are not currently on shore power, allowing them to utilize electric power while at the dock and shut-off diesel engines and generators. In addition to the reduction of over 10,000 tonnes of CO₂ equivalent emissions, the project will improve air quality from the reduction in particulate matter and nitrogen oxides.

  • SST Canada puts safety and environmental concerns at the forefront of its operations. We are always looking for ways to improve upon our safety, health, environment, and quality (SHE-Q) performance, and working with our clients, customers, stakeholders and employees to ensure that we are meeting and exceeding expectations. This project builds upon our SHE-Q commitments, supporting our goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and lead in our industry by maintaining a state-of-the-art fleet.

    Katrina Bews, SHE-Q Officer, SAAM SMIT Canada Inc.

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