MONTREAL, April 21 /CNW Telbec/ - VIA Rail Canada is pleased to support
Earth Day 2011. First launched as an environmental awareness event in
the United States in 1970, Earth Day (April 22) is celebrated today as
the birth of the environmental movement and has been celebrated in
Canada since 1990.
"We have embraced the environment at all levels of the company, making
it one of VIA's key corporate goals," said VIA's president and chief
executive officer Marc Laliberté. "We have taken the moniker 'a green
choice' to heart, and are investing in real solutions for more
sustainable public transportation options for Canadians today, and for
years to come. Many of these solutions come directly from VIA's 11
green teams, led by employees who volunteer their time and expertise to
benefit the environment in the workplace and in communities right
Since 1990, VIA has cut fuel consumption by 30 per cent, and greenhouse
gas (GHG) emissions by 25 per cent. New technologies included in
refurbished locomotives and rebuilt passenger cars that incorporate
environmental enhancements (such as new, more efficient heating,
cooling, ventilation, lighting and lay-over systems), will together
result in significant additional reductions in fuel consumption and GHG
emissions. as these projects are completed over the next 18 months.
Reduce, re-use, recycle
"At VIA, everyone is encouraged to develop ¨reduce, re-use, and recycle¨
strategies in the workplace and on board trains," added Mr. Laliberté.
A Green Procurement guide emphasizes the use of environmentally
responsible products in all business activities. For example, recycled
paper is used for onboard products such as napkins and toilet paper,
and for printed materials such as train schedules. Coffee served on
trains is 100 per cent fair trade coffee, which supports
environmentally sustainable agriculture while improving living
conditions in developing countries. Wherever possible, the Corporation
recycles materials - from batteries to paper to discarded computer
parts. And in recent years, maintenance teams have reduced the use of
chemicals for processes such as water treatment and train cleaning by
almost 50 per cent.
VIA has achieved an ISO 14000 environmental certification since 2001 at
its Montreal Maintenance Centre, the largest facility of this type in
Canada, and since 2002 at similar centres in Vancouver and Mission, BC,
and Winnipeg, MB.. VIA was also recently recognized by the Railway
Association of Canada for its uniform and linens recycling program, and
for the work of its green teams.
For more information on Earth Day, go to www.earthday.ca or www.jourdelaterre.org. Visit www.onedrop.org to learn about a uniquely Canadian approach to a very real global
challenge, safe water.
About VIA Rail Canada
As Canada's national rail passenger service, VIA Rail Canada's (www.viarail.ca) mandate is to provide efficient, more environmentally sustainable and
cost-effective passenger transportation, in the country's two official
languages. Every week VIA operates 503 intercity, transcontinental and
regional trains linking 450 communities across its 12,500 kilometers
route network. The demand for VIA services is growing as travellers
increasingly turn to train travel as a safe, hassle-free and
environmentally responsible alternative to congested roads and
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