Climate Smart Update: Bright Spots and Building Back Better

Over the past few weeks, we have gathered feedback from businesses and offered support where we can. At times we’ve found the news heartbreaking, but we’ve also been uplifted by the stories of businesses leading their communities towards better days ahead.

We’re also hopeful in that we are able to share a bright spot: we are seeing a remarkable resolve to keep the momentum on climate action. In March and April businesses from across Canada, including St. John’s, Montreal, Toronto, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Saskatoon, and Vancouver moved forward in their work with us. With an updated online training option, Climate Smart is helping businesses find innovative ways to build towards the future we all aspire to.

The next online Climate Smart programs kick off on June 23rd. Generous discounts are available from HSBC Bank, City of North Vancouver, City of Edmonton, Port of Vancouver and Vancity Credit Union. If you know businesses that may be a fit, please spread the word.

Climate Smart is also elevating the critical role that small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) play in generating jobs and reducing GHG emissions as part of a long term clean economy reset. On Earth Day Climate Smart joined Clean50 leaders through an open letter in the The Globe and Mail — calling on governments to make sustainability a key consideration for building back better.

Read the open letter here:

Case Study: Neptune Terminals

Neptune Terminals has embedded sustainability into its corporate brand, achieving impressive emission reductions with new technologies such as an electric ‘Might-E-Truck’, and electric vehicle charging stations on-site. See the full story here.

Electric Vehicle Incentives

If you’ve been considering electrifying your fleet, now may be the time.

Fast Charging Station and Infrastructure:

NRCan is covering DC Fast charging stations in Canada:

  • Up to 50% of total eligible project costs
  • Up to $50,000 per DC Fast charging station
  • Up to $5 million per grant
  • Projects in British Columbia will be eligible for an additional 25% savings of up to $75,000 per DC Fast charging station.
For full details including eligibility and how to apply, click here.

Zero-Emission Off-Road Vehicles:

The Government of Canada announced plans to extend the existing zero-emission incentive program to include off-road electric vehicles, making it easier for businesses to make the switch. For more info, see details here and contact your Climate Smart client advisor.

Vancouver’s Climate Emergency Action Plan

The City of Vancouver is re-launching its engagement to maximize input on its Climate Emergency Action Plan before a May 22 deadline.

  • Businesses can complete this Climate Emergency Action Plan survey to help shape the plan.
  • The City is also hosting public webinars to share the latest information on the Climate Action Plan, and planning online dialogues in May. Hear directly from the City’s Climate Policy Manager. Click here for updates.

Climate Smart’s practical, solutions-based program now available online

With online tools and training, Climate Smart is able to help businesses continue their important work on climate and support the transition to a cleaner and more resilient low carbon future.

The next online Climate Smart program kicks off on June 23rd, 2020. Financial support and generous discounts are available from HSBC Bank Canada, City of North Vancouver, City of Edmonton, Port of Vancouver, and Vancity. If you know businesses that may be a fit, please spread the word. 

For over a decade, Climate Smart has helped hundreds of businesses, across all sectors, to profitably reduce emissions and cut costs on energy, fuel and waste. The focus on the business case for carbon reductions — cost savings, reduced climate risk, employee engagement, and improved operational efficiencies — adds up to increased competitive advantage.