Hydro-Québec presents the tenth edition of its Sustainability Report
Hydro-Québec is proud to present its Sustainability Report 2011, which highlights the company’s many initiatives in the area of sustainable development. This year marks the tenth anniversary of this publication. Hydro-Québec was one of the first companies in Québec to publish a sustainability report.
"Naturally, Hydro-Québec’s sustainability vision goes well beyond the strictly environmental issue. Our vision reflects our desire to understand stakeholders’ concerns and expectations so that we can better take them into account in our choices, decisions and actions. It also expresses our determination to ensure the company’s economic viability and contribute to Québec’s economic vitality, " said Stella Leney, General Manager – Environment and Corporate Affairs at Hydro-Québec.
Some 2011 highlights
The project’s distinguishing features are the scale of the measures undertaken to preserve the environment and take community concerns into account. Hydro-Québec rehabilitated sites, enhanced the area affected by the project, preserved the fishing activities and improved access to the area. The company also seeded 300 hectares to support goose hunting, as well as building two pools and boardwalks at Smokey Hill Rapids for traditional Cree cisco fishing.
In its 12th global inventory of electricity production from renewable sources, the Observatoire des énergies renouvelables (Observ’ER) cited the Eastmain-1-A project as a "prime example of how to incorporate environmental constraints." Observ’ER is a world reference in renewable energy and sustainable development.
Under the RECYC-FRIGO Environnement™, the recovery of CFCs in refrigerators avoided 160,304 t CO2 eq. of emissions in 2011.
In addition, over 462,500 conventional thermostats in rental properties were replaced with electronic thermostats. This resulted in savings of more than 45 GWh. In addition, the installation of 16,216 three-element water heaters helped reduce power demand at peak periods.
Launched in 2011, the Dare to Compare service allows our customers to compare their electricity consumption to that of similar households. Customers can now find out whether they are energy-efficient or energy-hungry.
In a related area, our R&D initiatives pertaining to battery materials generated $26 million in revenue through sublicenses for the use of lithium metal phosphates in the manufacture of rechargeable batteries.
For more information, please consult the online version of the Sustainability Report 2011.