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Industry Briefs

  • 200 Million Tonnes of Opportunity – How small and medium-sized businesses can drive Canadian clean growth
    Canada’s smaller businesses have direct control over the same amount of carbon pollution produced each year by every car, truck, train, plane, and ship in the country. That’s our nation’s 200 million tonne opportunity, and it’s hidden in plain sight.
  • New Climate PartnershipsCS Brief - New Climate Partnerships cover
    This Industry Brief shares data-rich stories about how local governments, financial institutions and transportation hubs are reaching beyond their operational and supply chain carbon emissions and investing in their tenants and clients to help them reduce costs and carbon.
  • Food & Beverage Industry BriefCS-Food-and-Beverage-Sector-Industry-Brief-digital-1
    This Brief focuses on the food and beverage sector, comprising food and beverage processors and distributors, retail stores, and food service businesses. The business data provided in this Brief comes from the Climate Smart data pool of greenhouse gas emission inventories and reduction strategies for 770+ businesses, many of which have measured their emissions with Climate Smart for a number of years.
  • Construction & Real Estate Industry Brief CS-Construction-Industry-Brief-1
    This Brief focuses on the construction SME sector. Construction employs 7% of all private-sector workers in Canada: over 96,000 people in Metro Vancouver or nearly 8% of the workforce. Within the sector, SMEs have a strong showing, representing 87% of construction jobs. 98% of construction businesses employ fewer than 50 employees.
    This issue focuses on office-based businesses, which compose a broad section of the economy: over three-quarters of Canadian businesses are service-producing, with small firms (fewer than 100 employees) making up 98% of those.

    Office-based businesses also include some of the most dynamic and fast-growing businesses in Canada: a greater proportion of high-growth firms are professional and administrative service businesses, as compared to many other industries.
  • Beyond Big: Small Businesses, Greenhouse Gases, and Competitive Advantage CLIMATE_SMART_BEYOND_BIG_2012-1-1
    This study examines GHG management amongst SMEs that have gone through the Climate Smart program. These organizations have received training in GHG management, and have measured their annual GHG emissions for at least one year. They are largely self-directed in deciding on and implementing reductions initiatives, though they receive guidance and peer support.