Manitoba’s helps organizations meet the climate change challenge

The government of Manitoba’s new climate change portal,, was designed to provide organizations, families and individuals with information, guidance, and tools needed to respond to the climate change challenge.

The Manitoba Government worked with the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) and the Canadian Climate Exchange (CCE) to create as part of Manitoba's comprehensive response to the challenges of climate change. The site features a wealth of resources and information, including an introduction to climate change basics and how climate change could affect local residents and businesses, an overview of global, federal and Manitoba provincial policies and regulations related to climate change and useful links to incentive programs. Visitors can also find information on the province’s carbon footprint and plan to reduce its emissions.

The site also offers several tools that help organizations measure, monitor and manage carbon footprints.

The Conference Calculator walks the website visitor through a series of questions designed allow conference planners to measure the carbon footprint of the event—those who've collected detailed conference participant information can provide more precise information and, in return, receive a more 'unique' footprint.

The Building Energy Calculator uses the information visitors provide about their facilities to calculate the greenhouse gas emissions that can be attributed to facility use for heating, cooling, lighting, and other amenities.

The Incentive Programs section of the site links visitors to information on 35 different incentives, from organizations that include the Government of Canada, Federation of Canadian Municipalities, Canada Revenue Agency, Government of Manitoba and Manitoba Hydro. These programs cover activities such as biofuels, energy efficiency retrofits, waste reduction, water conservation, renewable energy, natural gas optimization and clean technology development.

The site also features a series of local case studies, and a discussion forum will be launching soon.

According to Environment Canada’s National Inventory Report, Manitoba’s total GHG emissions for 2005 were approximately 20.3 megatonnes (Mt) or 20,300,000 metric tons, measured as carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e). The 2005 emissions were up over two Mt (or nearly 12.8%) from the 1990 baseline of 18 Mt used for setting Kyoto Protocol targets. The province has committed to working with citizens, communities and businesses to reduce net GHG emissions in Manitoba to below 1990 levels by 2012.

CSA Climate Change continues to work with the Government of Manitoba to expand the site, which is part of a program aimed at establishing voluntary, market-based GHG emissions reductions activity in Manitoba.

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