MONTREAL, May 21, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - Hydro-Québec is proud to present
its Sustainability Report 2012, which highlights the accomplishments
and progress achieved by the company in 2012 with regard to sustainable
This year marks the 11th anniversary of this publication: Hydro-Québec
was one of the first companies in Québec to publish a sustainability
"Hydro-Québec contributes to Québec's sustainability in a major way,
primarily by generating energy that is clean and renewable," explained
Stella Leney, General Manager - Environment and Corporate Affairs.
"With hydropower accounting for 98% of Hydro-Québec's output, the
company produces very low levels of greenhouse gas emissions. In fact,
in 2012, our net exports helped avoid 16 million tonnes of CO2
emissions, which is almost the equivalent of the annual emissions of
all cars and light trucks on Québec roads."
Some of our achievements in 2012
In 2012, employment totaled 1,348 person-years, with workers from the
Côte-Nord region and from Innu communities accounting for 40% of the
workforce. ReNew Canada magazine ranked the Romaine complex as the
second-biggest infrastructure project under way in Canada in 2013.
2-Ongoing efforts in energy efficiency
The energy efficiency efforts of Hydro-Québec and its customers
generated new savings of 1.1 TWh in 2012, for a total of 7.6 TWh in
annual savings achieved since 2003—the consumption equivalent of
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. Over 355,867 reports were prepared in 2012.
Hydro-Québec continued its Refrigerator Replacement for Low-Income
Households program. By 2015, the program will have covered all of
Québec's regions. A total of 6,993 refrigerators have been replaced
since the launch of this initiative in 2011.
3-Drinking water savings
One million litres of drinking water were saved through Hydro-Québec's
program for refurbishing administrative buildings. This program has
generated recurring annual savings totaling 248 million litres since
4-Recovery, reuse and recycling
A total of 454 tonnes of power-line hardware has been given to a
business and recycling training centre (CFER).
Purchases of paper have decreased by 9% compared to 2011. Recovery: 748
t of paperboard and 412 t of paper.
5-Contribution to the economy
In terms of overall contribution to Québec's economy, the number of
direct jobs supported by Hydro-Québec's procurement is the equivalent
of 12,900 person-years. In addition, 94% of our goods and services are
procured from Québec-based companies.
6-Ground transportation electrification
By the end of 2012, the Electric Circuit had nearly 150 charging
stations in service and 20 new partners. Hydro-Québec is one of the
founding members of The Electric Circuit, a key initiative for the
rollout of the charging infrastructure needed to support the arrival of
electric vehicles in Québec.
For more information, please consult the online version of the
Sustainability Report 2012 at the following address:
Information related to sustainability is also available on
Hydro-Québec's new Web site on sustainable development:
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