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Case study

Southport Aerospace Centre

Emission Reductions:

  • Over 200 tonnes of avoided carbon emissions (5+ tonnes of carbon emissions avoided per new unit) from residential units per year through sustainable building design.
  • Over 56 tonnes of avoided carbon emissions per year through sustainable design of the new hangar facility.

Cost Savings:

  • $4.5K+ savings in carbon tax per year from residential units when fully constructed
  • $1,000+ savings in carbon tax per year from the new hanger facility
  • Savings on fleet maintenance and operating costs expected with the reduction in site vehicle size
  • Enhanced community reputation for sustainability leadership – priceless!

Key Solutions:

  • built the first 8 of 42 new residential rental units with a commitment to increased insulation and 100% electric heating/cooling systems
  • built new hangar facility with 100% electric heating/cooling systems
  • increased onsite recycling program
  • 2 new site UTVs were purchased instead of large vans, decreasing fuel usage by over 50%
  • reduced water flow in toilets by 75%, cutting almost 2400 gallons of water consumption every month

Southport was developed as an efficient and fiscally-responsible not-for-profit organization with the goal of being recognized as a world-class business centre. 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. Climate Smart training provided insights into future design decisions and operational impacts, helping staff to evaluate the return on investment for efficiency improvements.

Over the next year, Southport will continue to advance its commitment to low-carbon building design with the construction of a new 13,600 sq. ft. hangar. With a carbon-avoidance design, Southport will reduce 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
  • larger gas fired boilers to be replaced with more efficient units
  • introducing a variety of paper/waste reduction strategies including paperless invoicing and leasing
  • implement Eco Driver Training

Southport is involving all levels of their staff in carbon emission reduction solutions. Management has taken a long term and holistic approach to achieving their strategic goals by breaking them down into smaller tasks. There are 18 carbon reduction initiatives planned for 2019, and each one is led by a staff area expert who can sponsor the project and ensure it moves forward.

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/medium sized businesses.

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