The Path to Net Zero: A Primer on How to Assess SME Progress

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The Path to Net Zero: A Primer on How to Assess SME Progress

Pages:18 pages30 min read

Author: Jennifer Topping, Prerna Sharma, Swapna Nair


This research discusses the role of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in achieving Canada’s net-zero goals and presents our transition maturity framework that assesses where SMEs’ are in their transition to net-zero emissions.

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In this research, we set out our net-zero transition maturity framework, developed by The Conference Board of Canada’s Global Commerce Centre in partnership with Export Development Canada.

How can Canadian small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) contribute to Canada’s transition to net-zero emissions? What are the five progressive levels of our maturity framework? How will the framework help SMEs in their emission-reduction efforts?

Read the primer to get our full analysis.

Key findings
SMEs’ role in the net-zero transition
Carbon emissions and international trade
Limited evidence on SME net-zero transition progress
Measuring the progress of SMEs on a transition maturity framework
Our maturity framework
Appendix A—Methodology
Appendix B—Bibliography

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