Publications

Integrating LCA into Ontario’s Infrastructure Planning & Decision Making
Integrating LCA into Ontario’s Infrastructure Planning & Decision Making 600 400 Mantle

Mantle was engaged by the Ontario Ministry of Infrastructure to perform research, analysis and provide insights for consideration on strategies to integrate life cycle assessment (LCA) into future government infrastructure planning and decision-making. This research focused on understanding current best practices on LCA-related data, tools and processes, and studying how environmental impacts over the life-cycle of…

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Developing a Stormwater Quality Management Standard
Developing a Stormwater Quality Management Standard (QMS)
Developing a Stormwater Quality Management Standard (QMS) 600 400 Mantle

This project seeks to understand the role and scope of a risk and quality management standard that could be developed to assist municipalities, engineers and other professional practitioners in designing, operating, maintaining and continuously improving stormwater management systems—both today and in light of a changing climate. Read the full report in english or french.

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Desert Sprout
Transition Strategies: Preparing Canada for a Low-Carbon Future
Transition Strategies: Preparing Canada for a Low-Carbon Future 600 400 Mantle

The ongoing global transition to a lower-carbon, resilient economy requires significant and, in some cases, disruptive changes across economic sectors and industries. These changes present significant risks for those slow to adapt, but also massive opportunities for forward-thinking organizations. This report examines the transition risks faced by both Canadian and international organizations, with an emphasis…

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Embodied Carbon
Embodied Carbon in Construction: Policy Primer for Ontario
Embodied Carbon in Construction: Policy Primer for Ontario 600 400 Mantle

This primer provides an overview of the concept of embodied carbon and describes how life cycle assessment (LCA) can be used to calculate and minimize life cycle GHG impacts from construction projects. It draws on the lessons learned from a recent case study that calculated the embodied carbon of a new commercial building in Toronto…

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Preventing Disaster Before It Strikes
Preventing Disaster Before it Strikes
Preventing Disaster Before it Strikes 600 400 Mantle

This report profiles 20 best practices to be incorporated into the design and construction of new flood-resilient residential communities in Canada. Ensuring that new communities are built under the direction of these practices is necessary to combat ever-worsening extreme weather that, if not addressed, will result in costly and unremitting flood damage.

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Embodied Carbon of Buildings and Infrastructure
Embodied Carbon of Buildings and Infrastructure
Embodied Carbon of Buildings and Infrastructure 600 400 Mantle

Addressing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from buildings and infrastructure is a key component of the global fight against climate change. This report was commissioned by Forestry Innovation Investment Ltd (FII), and examines international best practices towards measuring, reporting, and reducing embodied carbon. Read more.

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Addressing Carbon Debt
Addressing Carbon Debt 600 400 Mantle

Ryan Zizzo explains what key steps can be taken to minimize embodied carbon in infrastructure construction and outlines some global best practices for addressing the carbon debt of Canada’s buildings. Read more.

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Companies Can No Longer Hide Behind Their Climate Risk
Companies Can No Longer Hide Behind Their Climate Risk
Companies Can No Longer Hide Behind Their Climate Risk 600 400 Mantle

Investors and institutions are increasingly attuned to the impacts of climate change, and how it is fast becoming a cost of doing business. They are asking for more transparency on how companies are thinking about these risks. Companies have historically reported on environmental liabilities related to pollution. But with the introduction of stricter GHG policies and…

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CPA Canada Releases Study on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures
CPA Canada Releases Study on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures 600 400 Mantle

Mantle was commissioned by Chartered Professional Accountants (CPA) Canada to review Canadian public company climate-related disclosures. The study finds that, although Canadian public companies are making broad disclosure of climate-related information, the nature and extent of this information varies. To find out what Canadian companies are saying about climate change, read the full report.

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Report on Legal Tools for Flood Resiliency
Report on Legal Tools for Flood Resiliency 600 400 Mantle

The Institute of Catastrophic Loss Reduction and Mantle have released a report exploring legal tools that could be used to require private property owners in existing developments to better manage stormwater and protect against flood risk. It also offers a model bylaw that can be adapted by municipalities across Canada. Read more.

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