You are here

Identifying your carbon "hotspots"

National, regional and local governments as well as individual departments are reviewing their operations, purchase spend amount and local situation (e.g., existing energy sources used, infrastructure, product distribution options in the region, etc.) to determine the areas of spend that produce the most carbon emissions. The areas of spend producing the most emissions are often called “carbon hotspots”.

Carbon hotspots are determined by assessing a range of information sources including lifecycle-based studies, market and scientific research, expert opinion and stakeholder concerns. Many public sector entities and departments have completed hotspot analysis and have used the output of the analysis to prioritize procurement actions and to identify potential solutions to support low-carbon spending.  Goods and services commonly selected for procurement actions include: IT equipment, paper, office furniture, vehicles, street and indoor lighting, water services, building and building services including reconstruction, renewable energy, water services, road and other infrastructure services.

Every entity is different and therefore will have different carbon hotspots. Here are a few examples:

  • If you are the health authority, food selection and edible food waste reduction may be one of your carbon hotspots.
  • If you are a school division, a hotspot may be fuel consumption for buses.
  • If you are a government department looking after infrastructure, it may be transportation planning and road repair.
  • If you are a records management office, it may be the transition to paperless records and the purchase of paper with lower carbon emissions.

By identifying carbon hotspots and supporting low-carbon procurement for goods and services defined as hotspots, you can significantly reduce your organization’s carbon footprint and better support Manitoba’s Climate and Green Plan.

Theme by Danetsoft and Danang Probo Sayekti inspired by Maksimer