Palais des congrès de Montréal honored for exceptional energy performance



    MONTREAL, March 26 /CNW Telbec/ - The Palais des congrès de Montréal is
proud to be inducted to the Energy Savers' Circle/ réseau Ecolectrique, an
initiative of Hydro-Québec representing a select group of major corporations
recognized for their leadership and outstanding performance in energy
efficiency and conservation. The Palais des congrès will receive an honorary
certificate this evening as part of the Montréal du Futur event organized by
BOMA Québec at the Grand Salon of the Hyatt hotel, at Complexe Desjardins in
Montréal.

    Determined to stay green

    Commenting on the appointment, Palais Director of Building Management,
Mario Poirier, pointed to the considerable efforts of the Palais to protect
the environment: "For several years, our concern for the environment has led
us to develop concrete actions that we now see as daily practices at the
Palais. We are proud of the results obtained and remain determined to continue
our efforts aimed at environmental responsibility." The exceptional
performance in energy efficiency highlighted by the appointment of the Palais
to the Energy Savers' Circle is the result of the work of the Palais Energy
Committee, comprised of employees and consultants and established to optimize
the environmental measures adopted.
    Since its expansion in 2002, the Palais des congrès de Montréal has,
among other things, undertaken measures to maximize energy efficiency and
adopted an Environmental Policy. The results are significant since the Palais
has achieved a 15% reduction in energy consumption. In 2005, the Palais also
received the Go Green/Visez vert certification from BOMA Québec, a program
aimed at recognizing the efforts of owners and managers of existing buildings
to protect the environment. In 2006, the Palais was awarded, jointly with PMA
Consultants, the first prize for its recommissionning program at the Gala
Energia, hosted by the l'Association québécoise de la maîtrise de l'énergie.

    Green events

    The Palais des congrès has also demonstrated innovation by developing the
Green Program, which aims to guide clients who want to reduce the
environmental footprint of their meetings, conventions and special events. The
a la carte services available serve to support each client according to their
capacities and help them reach set objectives by valorizing each action
undertaken to protect the environment.

    About the Palais des congrès de Montréal

    The mission of the Palais des congrès de Montréal, which celebrates its
25th anniversary in 2008, is to attract and host conventions,
exhibitions/trade shows, conferences, meetings and other events. A public
institution with a commercial vocation, the Palais generates important
economic spin-offs for Québec and proudly contributes to the sharing and
transfer of knowledge and to the enhancement of Montréal's international
reputation as a first-class destination. For more information on the Palais
des congrès de Montréal, visit our Web site at: www.congresmtl.com.
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For further information:

For further information: Amélie Asselin, Advisor, Communications and
Public Affairs, Société du Palais des congrès de Montréal, (514) 871-5897,
amelie.asselin@congresmtl.com; Source: Chrystine Loriaux, Director, Marketing
and Communications, Société du Palais des congrès de Montréal, (514) 871-3108


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