Canada's smaller businesses need standardized tools to reduce carbon footprint, states CSA Group CEO



    TORONTO, Oct. 11 /CNW/ - Thousands of small and medium-sized businesses
across North America want to reduce their environmental impact, but need
standardized tools and resources to aid in their efforts, CSA Group CEO Robert
M. Griffin stated in an October 10th Conference Board of Canada address.
Griffin's call to action follows the release of the Carbon Disclosure Project
2007, a report outlining climate change and carbon risk management strategies
from the top 200 companies listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange.
    While CDP5 focuses on the TSX 200, there are thousands of organizations
of all sizes involved in light industrial activities, manufacturing, services
and retailing throughout North America that do not fall under mandatory
emission requirements. Yet the most progressive among them are seeking ways to
voluntarily measure and reduce their carbon footprint and showcase positive
results.
    "These voluntary sector businesses, wishing to measure and improve their
footprint, produce and showcase projects and receive proper recognition, need
credible tools and resources to help them succeed," said Griffin. "Small and
medium size organizations want to know cost-effective ways to improve carbon
management voluntarily and need assistance to achieve this goal."
    Canadian Standards Association (CSA) fosters the development of common
standards for climate change technology, products, procedures and management
systems, to help Canada adapt to a changing climate, manage greenhouse gas
(GHG) emissions and reduce its GHG footprint. CSA provides products, services,
training and strategic solutions in many of the areas that will help to meet
the challenges posed by a changing climate. CSA believes one of the first
steps in developing solutions to address GHGs and climate change is to assess
the current carbon footprint.
    "For a truly practical and effective response to climate change, there
must be consensus and standardization in the approach," said Griffin.
"Industry, governments and environmentalists need to come together to
collaborate on solutions and standards that meet the needs of businesses of
all sizes."
    In 2001, CSA was named World Secretariat to develop new international
standards for greenhouse gas inventory at the organizational level. This work
resulted in the ISO 14064 series of standards for project quantification and
verification. The ISO 14064 series of standards provides relevant information
to the operations of smaller businesses, and offer step-by-step guidance to
organizations that wish to establish their GHG inventory. CSA offers training
on how to use the standard and how to verify inventory reports.
    In 2005, CSA acquired the assets of the Voluntary Challenge Registry,
which helped to play a pivotal role in developing best practice guidance
regarding greenhouse gas inventory and reporting in Canada. CSA is now
transforming this registry to support new and emerging business needs and
believes there is a trade opportunity in supplying the demand for
emissions-reducing technologies.
    "CSA's involvement with CDP5 was a positive experience and we look
forward to contributing to CDP6," said Griffin. "CSA has a great deal to
contribute to the many challenges of climate change. It welcomes the
opportunity to play a meaningful role in helping the voluntary sector."
    The Carbon Disclosure Project 2007 (CDP5) is the world's largest
collaboration of institutional investors. It represents 315 global investors,
including 30 based in Canada that have an unprecedented $41 trillion in assets
under management. In February, the CDP requested disclosure of relevant
information about climate change and carbon risk management strategies from
2,400 companies around the world, including the 200 most valuable companies by
market capitalization listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange. The 2007 Report
initiative was financially supported by Canadian Standards Association (CSA)
along with, among others, Deloitte & Touche LLP, British Columbia Investment
Management Corporation, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, Enbridge Inc.,
Scotiabank and the Ethical Funds Company.

    About CSA

    Canadian Standards Association (CSA) is a membership association serving
industry, government, consumers and other interested parties in Canada and the
global marketplace. A leading developer of standards and codes, CSA aims to
enhance public safety, improve quality of life, preserve the environment and
facilitate trade. To help people understand and apply standards, CSA offers
information products and training. The Canadian Standards Association is a
division of CSA Group, which also consists of CSA International for product
testing and certification, OnSpeX for consumer product evaluation services,
and QMI for management systems registration. For more information visit
www.csa.ca

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For further information:

For further information: Anthony Toderian, Senior Media Relations
Officer, CSA Group, T: (416) 747-2620, E: anthony.toderian@csagroup.org

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