Helping suppliers identify and reduce emissions

The Saskatchewan Industrial and Mining Suppliers Association (SIMSA) commissioned the development of a custom carbon calculator for the mining, energy and industrial supply chain in Saskatchewan—helping lead the charge on carbon reduction.

The calculator allows suppliers to accurately assess their current carbon emissions levels and compare against others. From there, they can develop solutions to reduce their carbon output and take effective steps to make those reductions a reality. The calculator allows for up to 10 separate locations to be evaluated at once, combining those calculations into one total output. This could include calculating carbon emissions by different buildings, street addresses, or even by segments within a building.

SIMSA aptly recognized industry’s changing attitudes and progressive views towards carbon emissions and—together with some of its key partners—took active steps to be part of the solution.

“Carbon reduction is a top priority for resource producers and their supply chain,” says Eric Anderson, SIMSA’s executive director. “As a 200-plus member organization, we feel that we’re perfectly positioned to help effect the right kinds of changes and innovations that can lead our members on the path to a net zero world.”

Unveiled at a SIMSA information session, the carbon calculator was created exclusively for SIMSA members and available at no cost to them. It was developed by KPMG, with financial support from Western Economic Diversification Canada, in consultation with BHP, Cameco, Nutrien and TC Energy to deliver SIMSA members’ scope 1 and 2 emissions.

In addition to the carbon calculator, SIMSA will be developing an ‘Industrial Concierge’ position within its organization. The mandate of this role will be to help members source carbon reduction information, funding and best practices, while also working to digitize the supply chain and, most importantly, acting as a conduit between suppliers and resource producers. This position has financial support from the International Minerals Innovation Institute (IMII). The organization is hoping to fill this role by October 2021.

“We believe Saskatchewan companies are world class and that we are here to be a valued resource in supporting that position,” says Anderson. “These initiatives are important for continuing to support the evolving needs of these leading, innovative businesses.”