Richmond Businesses Get Help to Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions25 January 2013
The City of Richmond, in partnership with Fortis BC and the Pacific Carbon Trust, has engaged Climate Smart to deliver a pilot program for small and medium-sized Richmond businesses to measure and reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and cut operating costs. Up to 12 local companies will have the opportunity to participate and work towards lowering consumption of fuel, electricity, materials, as well as reducing waste.
“The protection of our environment is the responsibility of governments, businesses and individuals. The City of Richmond highly encourages Richmond businesses to participate in the Climate Smart program as this will allow them to emerge as leaders, improve their competitiveness, and promote a sustainable practice that, over time, will positively affect not just Richmond’s residents, but all Canadians,” says Mayor Malcolm Brodie.
While providing tools and training on how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the program also focuses on achieving financial savings and operational efficiencies. A range of reduction strategies have been employed by past participants in the program. This includes capital-intensive programs such as lighting and other equipment retrofits, and lower-cost action initiatives and behaviour-based programs such as waste diversion and sustainable sourcing.
Since 2008, Climate Smart has worked with over 650 businesses who collectively have achieved greenhouse emission reductions of over 660,000 tonnes.
The cost to businesses will range from $250 to $1,000, depending on business size, and will include three half-day training sessions, ongoing coaching and technical support, access to Climate Smart’s web-based greenhouse management tool and the use of Climate Smart’s seal. Upon completion of the program, businesses will have a baseline inventory of their greenhouse emissions, access to monitoring software, a list of reduction strategies, and the internal expertise to implement these strategies.
Registration is now open for businesses, and the program begins on February 20. Richmond businesses wishing to participate are asked to contact Climate Smart at 1-888-688-6283 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about the Climate Smart program, visit www.climatesmartbusiness.com.
Richmond City Council adopted a Sustainability Framework in 2010, which includes targets for addressing climate change and environmental preservation through reduced resource use. The City has committed to achieving community greenhouse gas emissions reductions of 33% by 2020, and 80% by 2050.