Gaz Métro honoured for its disclosure efforts in the face of climate change challenges



    MONTREAL, Oct. 10 /CNW Telbec/ - Gaz Métro was recognized today by the
Carbon Disclosure Project as a Canadian leader in disclosure in the face of
the challenges posed by climate change. This important recognition means that
it will now be a member of the Climate Disclosure Leadership index, which
includes 16 Canadian companies chosen for their excellent communications
efforts.
    "I felt very proud when I learned that an organization like the Carbon
Disclosure Project had decided to recognize Gaz Métro's voluntary efforts in
environmental communications," said Sophie Brochu, President and Chief
Executive Officer of Gaz Métro. "For more than 10 years, we have endeavoured
to have state-of-the-art practices in this domain. It is therefore very
gratifying to note that the value we accord such efforts is shared on a much
broader scale," she added.
    Gaz Métro has earned this distinction thanks to the concerted efforts of
its partners. The company decided to bank on forging a solid bond of trust
with representatives from civil society in order to tackle environmental
issues. A sustained dialogue has been established with them, which has enabled
us to turn the climate change challenge into an attractive opportunity for our
customers. Gaz Métro has been voluntarily reducing its own greenhouse gas
(GHG) emissions since 1994 and, in 12 years, those efforts have led to a 28%
reduction in emissions from the 1990 level. These efforts were then extended
to all its customers with the introduction of the Energy Efficiency Plan and
the Energy Efficiency Fund in 2000, the first initiatives of their kind for a
Québec energy distribution company. To date, they have helped customers who
participate to significantly reduce their natural gas consumption.
    The Carbon Disclosure Project, a coalition of global investors with more
than US$41 trillion in assets, now has 315 signatories and is working to
encourage the development of strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

    Gaz Métro at a glance

    With more than $3.1 billion of assets and over 1,500 employees in Québec,
Gaz Métro is a leading Québec energy company and one of the largest natural
gas distributors in Canada. It serves some 167,000 customers in Québec through
an approximately 10,000-km underground system.




For further information:

For further information: Pierre-Yves Boivin, Public Affairs Advisor, Gaz
Métro, (514) 598-3542


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