Getting to Net Zero: Opportunities for SME Business Sector Leadership

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Opportunities for SME business sector leadership, will present a blend of what, why, who and how to get to net zero in business

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This webinar is presented by Climate Smart Training Facilitator, Maureen Cureton, and will focus on how the SME sector is finding profitable ways to prepare for and participate in the low-carbon economy.

Around the world scientists, governments and businesses agree that action must be taken to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions by 45% by 2030 and to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050. Today, more than 400 cities and states or provinces have set net zero targets for their greenhouse gas emissions, and more than 1000 companies around the world have set net zero targets.

Leading investment companies like Blackrock, and institutional investors are also committing to transitioning their investment portfolios to net zero emissions by 2050. They recognize this as both a responsibility and an opportunity, and indeed according to Mark Carney, the “transition to net zero emissions is “the greatest commercial opportunity of our age.”

Given that SMEs small-to-medium size enterprises (SMEs) represent 92% of Canadian businesses, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce recognizes the significant business, economic and environmental impact potential of helping more SMEs become climate leaders, reduce transition risk and future-proof their businesses.

Topics to be discussed:

  • SME sector role in climate leadership action in Canada; Climate Smart businesses. -
  • What’s driving businesses towards carbon neutrality and measuring their carbon footprint?
  • How do businesses measure & manage their carbon footprint?
  • What should I measure and why? International standards, climate accounting protocol and process.
  • What are examples of SMEs that are finding innovative and profitable ways to demonstrate climate leadership (using Chamber member examples: e.g. The Musket, John Brooks, Platinum Pro).
  • What’s “net zero”? What does it mean to achieve net zero carbon emissions?
  • Who’s pursing it (business and governments) and why it’s important.
  • Carbon offsets – part of the net zero solution.

About Climate Smart Business Inc.

For over a decade, Climate Smart Businesses Inc., a Radicle Group company, has helped businesses across all sectors to profitably reduce their carbon footprints and build capacity towards net-zero and environmental, social and governance (ESG) goals. Climate Smart’s top-rated software tool, certification and training are grounded in the most recognized international standard for Fortune 500 businesses and focuses on the business case for decarbonization — cost savings, reduced climate risk, improved operational efficiencies, and quantifiable data — adding up to an increased competitive advantage.

Maureen has facilitated Climate Smart Business training for ten years—guiding businesses learning to measure and manage their carbon footprint. She also designs and teaches university and college courses, and has presented on a variety of topics related to business climate leadership at events with attendees ranging from 50 to 500. She’s co-authored 3 books on environmental sustainability, and is most interested in teaching and learning about the intersection between business and environmental sustainability. Maureen holds an MBA and an undergraduate degree in Natural Resource and Environmental Management.

Please note that this event will be recorded/filmed/photographed and that images maybe be used in our corporate and marketing materials, on our website and in social media.

Contact us: OR 613.238.4000

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Organizer Canadian Chamber of Commerce

Organizer of Getting to Net Zero: Opportunities for SME Business Sector Leadership

Since 1925, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce has connected businesses of all sizes, from all sectors and from all regions of the country to advocate for public policies that will foster a strong, competitive economic environment that benefits businesses, communities and families across Canada.

With a network of over 450 chambers of commerce and boards of trade, representing 200,000 businesses of all sizes in all sectors of the economy and in all regions, we are the largest business association in Canada, and the country’s most influential. The primary and vital connection between business and the federal government, our views are sought after and respected by government, business leaders and the media thanks to our well-researched reports, analyses, position papers and policy resolutions that reflect a broad business perspective.

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