• The Low Carbon Partnership

    Business Networks for Low Carbon Canadian Communities


    We lead initiatives that help Canadian businesses and communities take action on climate change, increase profitability, and grow the low-carbon economy.


    Here's what our partners have accomplished within the past five years:

    The Natural Step Canada

    Accelerating change. Together.

    • We've spurred advanced collaboration, innovation and break-through results through sustainability transition labs: Energy Futures Lab (Alberta), Natural Capital Lab (Canada), and Housing Action Lab (GTA).
    • We launched the Circular Economy Innovation Lab (Ontario).
    • We've engaged dozens of businesses, including The Co-operators, Suncor, Landmark, Pratt & Whitney, and Avison Young, and municipalities such as Edmonton, Calgary, and Whitby, to embed sustainability and carbon reduction into strategy and operations.

    Sustainability CoLab

    Building the low carbon economy in cities across Ontario

    • CoLab Network Members have engaged more than 150 private sector, public and non-profit organizations in eight Ontario communities with targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. To date, they have set targets equal to 53,000+ tonnes of greenhouse gases.
    • CoLab Network Member program events have attracted more than 4,000 attendees across Ontario, with 2,000+ in 2015/2016 alone.
    • Sustainable Waterloo Region had its program break even in five years, while engaging 14 percent of the workforce, resulting in a reduction of more than 27,000+ tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions.

    Climate Smart Business

    Cut Costs. Cut Carbon.

    • We've delivered turn-key certification to more than 30 partners across British Columbia, including Vancity Credit Union, the Vancouver Airport Authority, and Port Metro Vancouver.
    • Our clients have reduced an average of 100 to 220 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions for every $1,000 invested. This yields an average reduction cost of $5 to $10 per tonne.
    • We've engaged Climate Smart Businesses to collectively realize nearly $35M in cost savings, and averted the annual release of 90,000+ tonnes of  greenhouse gas emissions.


    Quality Urban Energy Systems of Tomorrow

    • We established eight provincial and regional caucuses (in BC AB, MB, ON, QC, NB, NS, and Canada’s North) to drive the transformation of 5,400 communities into Smart Energy Communities.
    • We identified 200+ communities, representing more than 50 percent of the Canadian population, working to improve energy efficiency, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and drive economic development.
    • We've worked with hundreds of businesses, utilities and energy service providers, and local governments across Canada to bring Smart Energy Communities to life.

    We're working to help Canada reach its climate goals and accelerate the shift to a low carbon economy. Here's how:

    We Identify the Low Hanging Fruit

    Connecting sectors, communities, and regions

    We share best practices and top-line data on how and where Canadian companies and communities can profitably reduce carbon pollution.

    We Connect People and Ideas

    Driving deep greenhouse gas reductions

    We will work to forge and strengthen relationships between public and private sector leaders across Canada to help our nation meet its climate targets.

    We Inspire and Inform Action

    Ensuring Canadian competitiveness in the global low carbon economy

    We help businesses and communities identify and pursue emerging opportunities in the low carbon economy.

  • Our TEAM

    Our founding partners bring decades of collective experience working on the front lines of the low carbon transition.

    Elizabeth Sheehan

    President & Co-Founder

    Climate Smart Business

    Brent Gilmour

    Executive Director


    Mike Morrice

    Executive Director

    Sustainability CoLab

    David Hughes

    President & CEO

    The Natural Step Canada


    We've left a positive mark on scores of companies, communities, and individuals.

    1,200+ Businesses

    From Bay Street firms to the mom and pops, we have our fingers on the pulse of Canadian climate innovation.

    $100 Billion Revenue

    We've worked with firms that employ thousands of Canadians and that make a strong contribution to the economy.

    200 Communities

    We've helped dozens of local governments imagine a low carbon future and help them put in place the steps they need to get there.

    6,000+ Leaders

    We've shared best practices and helped innovate solutions through training, webinars, conferences, workshops, and more.

  • TESTIMonials

    We're honoured that a diverse array of sustainability leaders have given us the nod.

    The Hon. Glen Murray, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Province of Ontario:

    “ I've had many opportunities to work closely with The Natural Step, QUEST and Sustainability CoLab. They truly are leaders in the sustainability field, bringing together the wide range of players we'll need to realize real emissions reductions. By joining together with Climate Smart under the banner of The Low Carbon Partnership, I am confident these groups will find creative and impactful ways to work together and will play a major role in Canada's low carbon future."

    Gregor Robertson, Mayor, City of Vancouver:

    “It’s great to see four respected Canadian organizations come together to kick Canada’s low carbon economy into high gear. Vancouver is the first major city in Canada to have a climate change adaptation strategy, and we plan to shift to 100% renewable energy by 2050 or sooner. The Low Carbon Partnership is a partner in our drive for carbon reductions in businesses across the country, and I wish it great success!”

    Annette Verschuren OC, Chair and CEO, NRStor:

    “This new partnership is exactly the type of cross-sector, cross-country initiative that will set the stage for Canadian businesses and communities to successfully advance the transition to a low carbon economy.”

    Eric Axford, Executive Vice President, Business Services, Suncor:

    "Building a low carbon economy is a critical economic opportunity for Canada and also an important environmental responsibility. I am pleased to hear of the new strategic partnership between The Natural Step, Climate Smart, QUEST and Sustainability CoLab to align their efforts to mobilize even more leadership and action to facilitate Canada’s transition to a low carbon economy.”

    Kathy Bardswick, President & CEO, The Co-operators Group:

    "Canada's ability to successfully transition to a low carbon economy will require new approaches and new collaborations that strategically think about how Canada contributes to meeting global energy needs while contributing to lower global emissions. The Natural Step has been a strong partner of ours in the Energy Futures Lab and we've partnered with QUEST for many years. We’re pleased to hear these two organizations are exploring ways to work with others to have an even greater impact. We need all sectors of Canada working to find new solutions."

    Tzeporah Berman, Sustainability Advocate and Adjunct Professor, York University:

    “Addressing climate change in Canada is going to require leadership from policy makers, businesses and energy providers. The Low Carbon Partnership is a positive approach that looks to bring together all of those diverse interests in a thoughtful manner. I look forward to seeing the successes this group will undoubtedly accomplish.”

    Tamara Vrooman, President and CEO, Vancity Credit Union:

    "Vancity has supported Climate Smart since its inception. As a financial cooperative that understands the important impact of reducing our own carbon footprint, we recognize the value in helping our business members to manage their carbon footprints too. Since 2007 we have supported more than 250 of our small- and medium-size business members to access the Climate Smart training program, and witnessed their significant results in reducing both GhG emissions and operational costs. Vancity is glad to be among an expanding partnership of organizations collectively supporting the transition to low carbon economies. Engaging the full spectrum of businesses, community stakeholders and all orders of government is critical if Canada is to meet our COP 21 commitments."

    Michael Harcourt, former Premier of British Columbia and former Mayor of Vancouver:

    “Our federal, provincial, territorial and municipal governments have, and increasingly are, setting ambitious targets

    for GHG emission reductions. Achieving these targets is going to take an unprecedented amount of effort and

    collaboration across all sectors of our economy. This new partnership between QUEST, The Natural Step,

    Sustainability CoLab and Climate Smart sets the stage for Canadian businesses, in communities across the country, to

    successfully join the transition to a low carbon economy.”

  • BLOG

    Updates from The Low Carbon Partnership.

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