Accelerating Business Networks for Low Carbon Canadian Communities

Question:How can Canada support the scale-up of innovative companies?
on 08/25/2016







Executive Summary

In recent months Canada has taken great strides to reclaim its position on the world stage as a leader in addressing climate change. From signing the Paris Agreement and committing to be one of 20 countries participating in Mission Innovation to establishing a pan-Canadian framework to strategically achieve emissions reductions, Canada is readying itself to realize the benefits of a low-carbon economy.

While tackling climate change from the top down through policies, regulations and spurring clean technology innovation is absolutely necessary, it will not be enough to get a critical mass of businesses and communities readying themselves for adopting innovative solutions and taking decisive action at the pace that will be necessary for Canada to meet its global commitments. With this in mind a new national initiative, working under the banner of The Low Carbon Partnership, has emerged to unlock action from the bottom up—helping businesses and communities identify opportunities for emissions reductions, prepare for clean technology implementation and develop innovative business models and practices at the organizational, industry/sector and systems levels that will be the foundation for a clean energy economy.

The Low Carbon Partnership, a strategic collaboration between QUEST - Quality Urban Energy Systems of Tomorrow, The Natural Step, Climate Smart and Sustainability CoLab, is well positioned to quickly and effectively mobilize thousands of business leaders, as well as hundreds of communities and businesses collectively worth an estimated $100+ billion in revenue. Our partnership offers a unique opportunity to quickly scale-up existing networks, engage businesses and communities across the country and, in doing so, innovate new energy solutions and achieve measurable GHG reductions.

Now, rather than working in silos, we have begun thinking and acting on ways we can work together to reduce GHG emissions sooner at an even greater scale. Today we are keen to accelerate our individual and collective capacity to achieve greenhouse gas reductions across sectors, lay the groundwork for clean technology implementation and to grow Canada’s low-carbon economy.

The Low Carbon Partnership is keen to engage with the Government of Canada to make our shared goals a reality. Together we will reach more businesses, communities and decision-makers and meaningfully engage Canada’s doers, leaders and innovators.


About the Low Carbon Partnership

The Low Carbon Partnership (TLCP) is a national collaboration between four proven, results-oriented organizations – ideally positioned to help Canada achieve its ambitious emissions targets. We have a distribution network of over 55,000 individuals and have directly engaged 6,000+ business leaders, 200+ communities and 1,200+ businesses to reduce their GHG emissions, develop new business models and collaborate to find innovative low-carbon solutions.


Addressing Climate Change & Driving Innovation Through Proven Programs

TLCP’s four partners are active across Canada addressing climate change solutions from innovation to implementation:

  • Sustainability CoLab: Builds the low-carbon economy across Ontario by supporting eight (and growing) target-based sustainability programs, each of which connects local networks of businesses setting and achieving GHG targets.
  • The Natural Step: Blends best-in-class multi-stakeholder collaboration with a 25-year tested, science-based framework for sustainability that enables individuals and organizations to better understand what it means to be truly sustainable and to use this knowledge to drive  cross-sector innovation and business development  through its Sustainability Transition Labs.
  • Climate Smart Business: Works with government, transportation hubs and corporate host-partners to train up small and medium sized businesses to reduce their carbon footprint while cutting costs. This includes developing interactive web-based Business Energy and Emissions Profiles (BEEPs) that help communities map out and identify industry sectors with the greatest potential for GHG  reductions.
  • Quality Urban Energy Systems of Tomorrow – QUEST: With a national grassroots network of local government, utilities, building and land owners and clean tech companies, QUEST is the leading organization in Canada advancing Smart Energy Communities. Smart Energy Communities reduce GHG emissions, lower energy use, drive the adoption of clean technologies and foster local economic development.


Growing Companies and Accelerating Clean Growth

TLCP provides programs and services that build a strong and successful Canadian economy by helping businesses to reduce their GHG emissions, innovating new solutions to climate challenges, and building social capacity amongst business and community leaders supportive of Canada’s low carbon economy. TLCP has proven successes working with small and medium sized businesses, large energy utilities, municipalities, port authorities, universities, and national corporations. With ready-to-implement programs in Canada’s urban, rural and remote communities, TLCP helps residents and businesses determine and achieve their GHG reduction potential and test and invest in clean technology solutions that work for them.

With existing programs already successfully engaging businesses and communities across the country,  TLCP is well positioned to help the Government of Canada reach its climate change and mission innovation commitments, create jobs, grow the clean economy, and build social capacity for policy change.



Canada is ready to realize the benefits of a low-carbon economy, and it is going to take both top down and bottom up approaches in order for goals to be met. Our partnership offers a unique opportunity to quickly scale-up existing networks, engage businesses and communities across the country and, in doing so, innovate new energy solutions and achieve measurable GHG reductions.


Collectively submitted by Sustainability CoLab, The Natural Step, Climate Smart, and QUEST – Quality Urban Energy Systems of Tomorrow.


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