200 Million Tonnes of Opportunity
Canada’s smaller businesses have direct control over the same amount of carbon pollution produced each year by every car, truck, train, plane, and ship in the country. That’s our nation’s 200 million tonne opportunity, and it’s hidden in plain sight.
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What Does 200 Million Tonnes Look Like?
With the right coaching and support, Canada’s small and medium sized businesses could make a serious dent in Canada’s overall greenhouse gas emissions. This amount of carbon pollution is equivalent to:
More than Canada’s combined total annual transportation emissions—including all of the nation’s cars, trucks, trains, and domestic aircraft and ships.
More than five times the annual greenhouse gas emissions of all the cars on the roads in Canada today.
The combined annual emissions of Quebec, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and the Atlantic Provinces.
Almost twice the combined greenhouse gas emissions of the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area, plus Calgary, Edmonton, Montreal, and Metro Vancouver.
6% percent more annual greenhouse gas emissions than Canada’s oil and gas sector.
The quantity of greenhouse-gas reductions that Canada will need to secure, between today and 2030, in order to meet its Paris Agreement commitment.
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An Economic Powerhouse, Hidden in Plain Sight
Small and medium sized businesses—those with fewer than 500 employees—often fly under the radar of economists and policy makers. Yet they make a significant contribution to Canada’s economy.
Taken together, these companies:
- Comprise 99.7% of all Canadian businesses.
- Contribute more than half of Canada’s private-sector GDP.
- Invest close to half (45%) of all Canadian private-sector research and development spending.
PROPORTION OF ALL CANADIAN BUSINESSES
CONTRIBUTION TO CANADA’S OVERALL PRIVATE-SECTOR GDP
PROPORTION OF ALL PRIVATE-SECTOR RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT
jobs between 2005 and 2015...
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Meet Canada’s Clean Growth Leaders
Hundreds of printers, restaurateurs, roofers, retailers, and other business owners and managers across the nation are unleashing a flood of changes, innovations, and adjustments. Here, we spotlight a handful of these clean-growth leaders.
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Mills Office Productivity
Sector: Office Supplies
Lead strategies: Electric delivery truck, electric cargo tricycle delivery
Impact: 32% greenhouse gas emissions reduction per $1M revenue
Lead strategies: Fuel switching
Impact: 30 tonnes greenhouse gas emissions reduced annually, saving $20,000
President and COO
Lead strategies: ZERO Program, carbon neutral paper
Impact: 1,890 tonnes greenhouse gas emissions avoided annually
G&F Financial Credit Union
Lead strategies: Videoconferencing, digital document management
Impact: 34% greenhouse gas emissions reduction yielding annual savings of $9,000 per year on paper alone
BC Plant Health Care
Lead strategies: Hybrid and electric vehicles.
Impact: 9% greenhouse gas emissions reduction per $1,000 revenue, 132% growth in revenue
BC Comfort Air Conditioning
Lead strategies: Vehicle right-sizing, lighting retrofits, digital document management
Impact: Fuel consumption reduced 25%, paper consumption reduced 41%, saving $57,000 annually
Lead strategies: Fuel switching
Impact: 85% greenhouse gas emissions reduction yielding annual savings of $7,000 per electric bus
President and Co-founder
Eco Service Canada
Sector: Fleet management services
Lead strategies: Hybrid company vehicles, route planning, employee engagement
Impact: 16% greenhouse gas emissions reduced per vehicle serviced, 8% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions per full-time equivalent employee
Co-founder and CEO
Lead strategies: Order consolidation, shifting to less carbon-intensive shipping mode
Impact: 60% reduction in shipping emissions, 49% reduction in total emissions per revenue
Dive Into the Data
200 Million Tonnes of Opportunity highlights the work of leaders in 12 sectors across Canada. It crunches a decade’s worth of data to reveal crucial business intelligence and valuable insights for Canadian SME leaders that would like to profitably reduce their emissions, and for governments that would like them to succeed. The report provides:
- A detailed picture of how, why, and where Canada’s small and mid-sized businesses are reducing greenhouse gas emissions and driving clean growth.
- Trends and lessons gleaned from businesses that are successfully driving down emissions within the 12 industry sectors that have the highest SME participation.
- Insights on how early adopter climate leaders are making headway, and what others can learn from them.
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