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Sustainable Development Strategy 2007-2010

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Our Commitments

GOAL #1
Contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions that are responsible for climate change

GOAL #2
Contribute to the protection of the atmosphere

OBJECTIVE 1.1>
Reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, in particular CO2, to attenuate climate change

OBJECTIVE 2.1
Reduce the environmental impacts of air pollution on ecosystems, natural and built heritage

COMMITMENT
Reduction of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions produced by our central heating plants and institutional heating systems.

COMMITMENT
Reduction of indirect carbon dioxide emissions attributable to our consumption of electricity.

COMMITMENT
Reduction of carbon dioxide emissions produced by fuel combustion from our on-road vehicle fleet.

COMMITMENT
Improvement to monitoring practices of nitrogen oxide emissions (NOx) from our central heating plants, which contribute to smog and acid precipitation.

COMMITMENT
Reduction of the risks of halocarbon releases from our central refrigeration and/or air-conditioning systems, which contribute to stratospheric ozone layer depletion.

TARGET 1.1.1
By March 2010, we will reduce our natural gas and/or heating oil consumption by 2% (excluding new constructions and CORCAN operations). [a]

TARGET 1.1.2
By March 2010, we will install 2 large wind turbines and implement other renewable energy projects.[a]

TARGET 1.1.3
By March 2010, 10% of all new acquired vehicles will have been hybrid models or will run on alternative fuels.

TARGET 2.1.1
By March 2010, we will optimize boiler operation, including NOx emissions measurements, by expanding the annual tune-up of large boilers to all regions.

TARGET 2.1.2
By March 2010, we will replace the 3 large cooling systems that represent the highest risk of leaks.

GOAL #3
Contribute
to the conservation of the tropospheric air quality

GOAL #4
Contribute to the protection of the hydrosphere

GOAL #5
Contribute to the support of sustainable communities

OBJECTIVE 3.1
Reduce the risks to human health and well-being caused by poor air quality in the lower atmosphere

OBJECTIVE 4.1
Reduce water and aquatic ecosystems pollution

OBJECTIVE 4.2
Promote water conservation

OBJECTIVE 5.1
Promote a high level of environmental quality in communities

COMMITMENT
Reduction of volatile organic compound emissions (VOCs) from our petroleum storage tanks, which contribute to urban smog.

COMMITMENT
Implementation of projects to upgrade our wastewater treatment systems in order to improve their current operational performance.

COMMITMENT
Reduction of our water consumption average via the implementation of multiple measures to conserve potable water.

COMMITMENT
Remediation of contaminated sites and other sources of contaminants, such as farm operations.

COMMITMENT
Continuation of environmental site assessments (ESA) of potentially contaminated areas based on ecotoxicological risks.

TARGET 3.1.1
By March 2010, we will implement 5 Phase 1 and 2 VOCs Recovery Projects on our petroleum storage tanks.

TARGET 4.1.1
By March 2010, we will implement 3 projects to improve the quality of targeted outfalls from our wastewater treatment systems.

TARGET 4.2.1
By March 2010, we will reduce our potable water consumption
by 10%.

TARGET 5.1.1
By March 2010, we will proceed with the remediation of a minimum of 3 priority contaminated sites and expand our environmental farms management plan.

TARGET 5.1.2
By March 2010, we will proceed with a minimum of 6 new environmental assessments of potentially contaminated sites based on their risks to health and ecosystems.

GOAL #6
Contribute to the sustainable use of natural resources

GOAL #7
Contribute
to the reinforcement of governance and decisions that support SD

OBJECTIVE 6.1
Encourage responsible and efficient use of natural resources that preserve and protect the quality of the environment

OBJECTIVE 7.1
Measure performance toward SDS commitments

COMMITMENT
Consolidation and improvement of our institutional recycling and composting programs.

COMMITMENT
Development and publication of a departmental policy on green procurement.

COMMITMENT
Training on green procurement for our purchasing officers.

COMMITMENT
Presentation of regular SDS progress reports to Senior Management.

TARGET 6.1.1
By March 2010, we will conduct 5 institutional solid waste audits (one per region). This will allow us to further improve our solid wastes management practices.

TARGET 6.1.2
By March 2010, we will develop and publish an internal policy on green procurement.

TARGET 6.1.3
By March 2010, 50% of our purchasing officers will receive training on green procurement.

TARGET 7.1.1
Starting April 2007, a SDS progress report will be prepared twice a year for Senior Management.


a In addition to direct actions aimed at reducing CO2 emissions, we will also pursue electricity saving initiatives. As well, we will consider tree planting opportunities on some of our sites and/or surrounding communities.