At Climate Smart, we have been working with small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) to help them reduce their GHG footprints since 2007. Since then, we have worked with over 800 businesses and aggregated a unique dataset that sheds light on SME emissions.
In the past few years, we used our aggregated data to help eight cities create a projected baseline of their business community emissions. We call this projection a BEEP – business energy and emissions profile. BEEP is a report accompanied by an interactive digital dashboard.
Recently, MIT’s Climate CoLab honoured the BEEP with the 2016 Climate CoLab Overall Grand Prize along with
both Judges’ Choice and Popular Choice at Large awards in its Smart Zero Carbon Cities competition.
A BEEP provides municipalities with:
- A snapshot and sector profile of the business emissions within the community by industry sector.
- GHG emissions projections by sector and activity (building energy use, transportation, and waste).
- Data on the highest emitting industry sectors, pointing to reduction opportunities and projecting potential impact within the local economy.
A BEEP serves as the foundation for engagement of local business communities and includes:
- Data on motivation for businesses to take on carbon measurement and reduction initiatives (overall and by sector).
- Data on reduction strategies implemented by Climate Smart certified businesses (overall and by sector).
- Case studies highlighting how businesses in the focus sectors are cost-effectively reducing their emissions.
We have created BEEPs for 12 North American municipalities and neighbourhoods to date:
- City of Fort Collins, Colorado
- York Region, Ontario
- Sudbury Region, Ontario
- City of Surrey, British Columbia
- City of North Vancouver, British Columbia
- City of Vancouver, British Columbia
- False Creek Flats, Vancouver, British Columbia
- City of Victoria, British Columbia
- City of New Westminster, British Columbia
- City of Port Moody, British Columbia
- City of Coquitlam, British Columbia
Click here to view a sample from the City of Victoria BEEP: bit.ly/VictoriaBEEPDashboard.
“I’ve always favoured using visual tools, like the online maps and graphs of the BEEP dashboard, to engage colleagues and citizens on climate change. Visual tools capture people’s attention; they are more attractive and accessible than jargony text and data-laden tables making them the most effective way to convey complex data and reveal interdependencies. And the ability to interact with these types of tools leads to deeper levels of understanding by offering a more personalized experience. Visual tools have the ability to transform voluminous, disparate and technical data into valuable information from which to make thoughtful decisions.
Victoria’s new online BEEP dashboard created by Climate Smart, tells a clear and fulsome story whether the user has very little, or a lot of, knowledge about climate and energy issues. This new interactive dashboard allows for self-guided learning and discovery which I believe will lead to more sustained and committed action and behaviour change from our local business community. Climate Smart continues to be one of my best partners in developing data-driven storytelling; they understand our local economy, and they help me innovate to engage with stakeholders inside and outside of City Hall. I look forward to continuing to partner with Climate Smart on greening our local economy.”
Contact us if you are interested in creating a BEEP report for your community.