For over a decade, the Climate Smart program has been helping businesses across all sectors profitably reduce their carbon footprint and cut costs on energy, fuel, and waste. Grounded in the most recognized international greenhouse gas (GHG) accounting standard for Fortune 500 businesses, organizations’ GHG inventory is reviewed meeting the Greenhouse Gas Protocol (GHGP).
So how does Climate Smart help businesses take action to reduce their GHG emissions?
Companies continue to lead on climate action as they find innovative ways to build towards a future that we all aspire to. Climate Smart offers a real-world solution that enables companies to actually track and reduce their emissions. A unique blend of training to get started, software to input and track data, and a dedicated advisor to realize reduction potential equips businesses with the tools needed to reach their sustainability goals.
With cost savings, reduced climate risk, improved operational efficiencies, engaged employees, and the collection of important data all on the table, becoming Climate Smart adds up to an increased competitive advantage for every business.
So how does it work?
Climate Smart approaches carbon reductions in two effective ways – Training & Certification, and Host Partnerships. Let’s break it down.
Training & Certification
The award-winning Climate Smart training program helps small and medium-sized businesses create a greenhouse gas inventory, then devise a GHG emissions reduction plan to make reductions on that inventory. Overall, the training focuses on the business case for carbon reductions, with Climate Smart experts guiding companies through the three-step online program that ends in carbon-cutting results.
The first step is to measure a business’ current impact and create an emissions reductions plan. During the first stage of Climate Smart training, organizations learn how to capture their emissions data and discover where their footprint is coming from. Using the Climate Smart emissions calculation software, businesses can then look at a clear picture of their GHG emissions and devise a plan on how to reduce their current footprint.
The next step in the Climate Smart training is to reduce the emissions that have just been learned. The experts at Climate Smart help businesses identify the best opportunities to reduce emissions and costs. After building an emission reduction strategy, the plan can be put into action – this is where the bottom line benefits start to occur.
The last stage in the training program is certification. At this stage, businesses can leverage the certification to internal and external stakeholders and clients. Being Climate Smart certified means that a business has become a leader in its industry, and that’s something to celebrate.
The Climate Smart Training & Certification program is not only good for the environment, it’s good for business. Participants can expect to cut costs, cut carbon, future-proof their business with new in-house skills, mitigate risk, and cultivate positive sustainable outcomes, all with the tools to steer environmental and community initiatives long into the future.
Climate Smart’s Host Partnerships make carbon reduction possible where it may not have been. The program works with larger organizations to make it more feasible for local small and medium-sized businesses, tenants, clients, and suppliers to participate in the Climate Smart Training & Certification.
The partnership program gives incentive to businesses through financial support and savings, and allows the host to work with their community towards a bigger goal – climate action.
Throughout the partnership, hosts will receive aggregated GHG emissions data on the businesses they are supporting, and can use these metrics to accelerate the carbon reduction journey of these partners, or can be used to encourage other businesses to join the program. It will also show the community that advancing towards a better future will stimulate investment in a cleaner local economy. Climate Smart certified businesses are the building blocks of the low-carbon economy and green jobs.
Simply put, the Host Partnership program helps businesses of all sizes to reduce their carbon footprint, green their operations, and ensure that hosts support reductions throughout their supply chain.
“Climate action can seem overwhelming – we know – but with Climate Smart’s award-winning program and software platform, businesses can turn their ideas into an action plan. Our team is dedicated to bringing innovative tools and programming that allow companies to achieve their business goals and lead in their industry while cultivating a climate-conscious culture internally. Climate Smart certified businesses come away with the ability to analyze, measure, and reduce their company’s impact.” says Christine VanDerwill, Climate Smart’s Partnerships and Communications Manager.
If you’re ready to transform your business into a climate leader, reduce your emissions and costs, and actively participate in building a better, stronger, more resilient low-carbon economy, Climate Smart has all the tools to do just that.