Climate Smart, Sustainability CoLab, The Natural Step and QUEST are the four groups that make up The Low Carbon Partnership.
It won’t exactly be a sleepy summer for many of Canada’s bureaucrats and policy makers, as federal and provincial officials roll up their sleeves to hammer out the nation’s first national climate change strategy. Read more
At Globe 2016, we hosted an impromptu visit with Prime Minister Trudeau, and launched our newest industry brief, New Climate Partnerships, Accelerating Climate Action Through Business Engagement.
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.
In January 2016 Climate Smart hosted a briefing for our network of businesses. We were delighted to see a full room of 50+ people discussing recent and ongoing developments in climate policy.
Friday November 27, 2015
MEDIA STATEMENT — Today the Province of British Columbia released the recommendations of its Climate Leadership Team. Earlier this year, government created the volunteer team and asked it to recommend policies that would ensure the province meets its legislated carbon-reduction targets while continuing to grow the economy.
BC Business – Nov 25-15
Later this week, the Province of British Columbia is expected to unveil its much-anticipated Climate Leadership Plan. We don’t know what it includes, but hopes run high that it will outline a slate of ambitious new commitments to ensure our economy remains competitive as we roll into a carbon-constrained future. This would involve, at minimum, a schedule of further increases to our carbon tax—a policy that has cut emissions and grown business while unlocking one of the nation’s lowest corporate income tax rates.
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En Route to Paris: From the Ground Up – How Small Businesses are Cutting Carbon and Growing the Economy
By Elizabeth Sheehan and Michelle Bonner
It’s official. Pretty much everyone and her sister is going to Paris.
Provincial leaders are already working to upstage one another at the forthcoming COP21 climate summit. Senior executives will be talking up their renewable energy leadership. Expect rock stars, rap stars, and a full-on media circus.
But one band of climate warriors will likely be staying at home here in Canada: the entrepreneurs who run small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) across the country. Instead, they’ll just keep on doing what they have learned to do—drive down carbon emissions across the value chain.
Here in British Columbia, where I live, these businesses constitute a stunning 98 percent of the province’s private sector, and employ more than one million people. The sector largely flies under the radar, but it’s arguably Canada’s true innovation engine. These companies are driven by passionate, committed entrepreneurs who know how to get things done and make things better.
Read the full story here.
Aggressive Tube Bending is a manufacturer in Surrey, BC, employing 50 people between two industrial facilities in the Port Kells area. It offers a wide spectrum of products and services, including pipe, tube, and structural steel forming, custom fabricating and manufacturing. The company measured its baseline emissions for the 2010/2011 fiscal year at a time when it was undergoing extensive renovations. This experience gave the company an additional lens—energy efficiency—through which to evaluate renovation options.
On July 6, 2015, 72 Vancouver-based Climate Smart certified businesses and organizations (see full list below) were awarded the Greenest City Leadership Award (Organization) for their work to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, at the second annual City of Vancouver Awards of Excellence. The Climate Smart team was very, very proud to accept the award on their behalf.