Southport Aerospace Centre Inc. is a not-for-profit property management and development company, with the goal to establish a world-class business centre and a vision to be a regional airport community fostering aerospace technology and diversified training; a leader in site services and property management. Southport is invested in Environmental Stewardship and works to establish long-term policies and procedures aimed at preserving and enhancing the quality of the local environment.
One of their strategic directions is to be accountable, ensuring that their actions are executed in a safe, responsible and professional manner with full transparency. Climate Smart offered Southport the opportunity to measure the impact of their operations on the environment, and to increase staff capacity to responsibly manage their assets into the future.
Going Climate Smart
Southport Aerospace participated in Climate Smart as part of a 2018 pilot led by the Manitoba Environmental Industries Association (MEIA)
. With support from the Province of Manitoba and City of Winnipeg, the MEIA launched Climate Smart in Manitoba, helping to increase business resiliency and unlock climate action amongst Manitoba’s small and medium sized businesses. Southport was one of the first businesses in Manitoba to become Climate Smart certified.
Climate Smart training provided insights into future design decisions and operational impacts, helping staff to evaluate the return on investment for efficiency improvements.
Southport is now advancing its commitment to low-carbon building design with the construction of a new 13,600 sq. ft. hangar. With a carbon-avoidance design, Southport is reducing the carbon footprint of the hangar by over 56 tonnes. Carbon reduction analysis support from Climate Smart helped to evaluate the cost vs impact, which in turn assisted in making informed decisions on alternate building designs.
Additional plans include:
- Reviewing all programmable thermostats
- Replacing T8 and T12 fluorescent bulbs with LED lighting
- Replacing larger gas fired boilers with more efficient units
- Introducing paper waste reduction strategies including paperless invoicing and leasing
- Implementing Eco Driver Training