An April White Paper published by the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions in B.C. presents case studies of 11 British Columbia small businesses which engaged in greenhouse gas emissions reduction projects in any or all of four areas: electricity, heating, transportation, and waste management. For each case, the report describes the initiatives taken and estimates the environmental benefits, financial costs, rate of return on the investment, and the projected payback time. The report also provides insights from a broader universe of 700 small businesses, including the observation that employees are more motivated to participate in emissions-reducing activities if they are offered a share in the savings achieved. Several recommendations are made to encourage small businesses to move to lower emissions practices.
Are Small to Mid-sized Businesses the Catalyst to a Low Carbon Economy in B.C.? at http://pics.uvic.ca/sites/default/files/uploads/publications/Small%20Business%20White%20Paper%20April%202013.pdf