Ontario Construction News staff writer
The first group of businesses participating in the Mississauga Climate Leaders Program (MCLP) recently kicked off the (Greenhouse Gas) GHG training program. Delivered by the City of Mississauga through enviro-stewards, the program is a four-part education and skills development series to help identify and promote cost-effective ways to improve energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
Participating companies will also participate in GHG emission energy efficiency site assessment delivered in partnership with Partners in Project Green. A team of technical experts will conduct a facility walk-through for each participating company and provide recommendations about energy efficiency and GHG emission reduction opportunities.
“Congratulations to these businesses on beginning their journey toward greater profitability and energy efficiency while helping us achieve our goal of becoming a net zero city,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “We all have a role to play in ensuring our actions don’t negatively impact our environment, and I commend these businesses for stepping up to do their part and acting as role models for others in the community.”
The following companies are participating in the first round:
- Weston Forest
- Petro-Canada Lubricants Inc.
- Arterra Wines Canada
- Blachford Chemical Group
- Hydro Extrusion North America
- Lakeside Process Controls Ltd.
- Magellan Aerospace Corporation
- Sofina Foods Inc.
“I’d like to welcome our first group of participants in our Mississauga Climate Leaders Program. Sustainability and climate action are fast becoming critical market differentiators and drivers of economic competitiveness within our business community,” economic development office director Christina Kakaflikas, director, economic development office said in a statement. “We’re thrilled to work with these trailblazers and support them in developing the knowledge and skills that will help them advance their sustainability goals and strengthen their value proposition.”
Local businesses who are not part of the MCLP GHG Training Program and Site Assessments can still register for the MCLP Workshop Series, delivered in collaboration with Partners in Project Green.
The Series will cover three themes:
Identifying GHG Reduction Opportunities (Nov. 28, 2023), Strategies to Engage Employees in Your Sustainability Journey (Jan. 23, 2024) and, Environment, Social Governance (ESG) Disclosure Reporting (March 28, 2024).
Click here to learn more and register for these no-cost workshops.
Background on the program:
- The MCLP was developed in response to the city’s Climate Change Action Plan (CCAP), which was adopted by City Council in 2019. The plan includes 89 actions that aim to decrease Mississauga’s GHG emissions and prepare the community for climate change impacts, such as increased flooding, ice storms and heatwaves. On March 22, 2023, Council endorsed a motion to reaffirm and strengthen the city’s commitment to climate action, including examining new GHG emission targets to reach net zero by or before 2050.
- This past June, the city launched the Mississauga Climate Leaders Program (MCLP). Delivered by the City of Mississauga in partnership with Partners in Project Green and the Mississauga Board of Trade, the MCLP was created to provide local businesses with the support and recognition they need to take meaningful climate action. The program focuses on supporting pathways for local businesses to reduce their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, save energy and lower costs.
For more information on the MCLP, please visit the program page.