MTE Consultants’ Kitchener office has set a 10% greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction target by 2029, supported by Sustainable Waterloo Region’s Regional Sustainability Initiative. This target will be the first within a new Pledge Level called Foundational Targets.
MTE’s target is an absolute GHG reduction target and includes emission sources from their facility in Waterloo Region. MTE has chosen to include optional Scope 3 emissions sources in order to target additional emissions from water and business travel. This commitment represents one of many tangible actions taken so far by MTE since joining the Regional Sustainability Initiative in late 2019.
“We joined Sustainable Waterloo Region to make a meaningful impact on our community and its environment. By setting a target we are motivating ourselves to live up to our original intentions. After working with the team at SWR we were able to realize where and how we could make a significant impact. We learned that employee travel was our biggest emissions contributor, so including emissions from business travel will also empower staff to individually make a difference in reaching our goal of 10%.” – Paul Eichinger, Vice President, MTE
MTE is a multidisciplinary engineering firm providing services in civil and structural engineering, building and environmental science, toxicology and land surveying. Sustainability has long been a part of the services they provide for their clients, and in 2019 MTE made the decision to develop a formal and company-wide focus on environmental sustainability. MTE has developed a corporate mandate for sustainable practices across the all geographies and sectors of the company and has even joined fellow Green Economy Canada Hubs Sustainable London and Sustainable Hamilton Burlington.
To further support their reduction efforts, MTE was quick to establish a Green Team at each office, meeting monthly, with an impressive attendance record even during the pandemic. In part, emission reductions will likely come from projects such as electrification of their fleet, further introduction of telecommuting/teleconferencing technology and energy efficiency upgrades. MTE was also the recipient of SWR’s Rookie of the Year award for 2020. This well-deserved award acknowledges the impressive progress they’ve made in their first year of membership with SWR.
“MTE has been an incredible addition to our network of leading organizations across Waterloo Region. Since joining in late 2019, they have picked up the mantle of sustainability to become our Rookie of the Year in 2020,” said Tova Davidson, Executive Director of Sustainable Waterloo Region. “Now they have taken the next and very important step of setting an ambitious target to reduce their carbon footprint with a larger vision of full carbon neutrality, and we are so happy to support them and all our members on this journey.”
Contact: Paul Eichinger
About Sustainable Waterloo Region
Sustainable Waterloo Region is an environmental non-profit organization that fosters collaborations that enable local organizations to convert their sustainability interest into action. These organizations participate in our programs to achieve environmental and economic benefits. By building networks, setting a common direction for results, and publicly reporting on progress, we are working to maximize both the individual and collective successes of organizations in Waterloo Region.
About the Regional Sustainability Initiative
The Regional Sustainability Initiative facilitates setting voluntary reduction targets in greenhouse gas emissions, waste, water, and waste diversion by organizations committed to sustainability within Waterloo region. Every organization’s sustainability journey is different; our milestones provide a customized approach to inspire action and support transformation in organizations of varying size and industry.
Contact: Tova Davidson