PortsToronto Signs New Three-Year Commitment to Choose 100 Per Cent Renewable Energy Across All Operations

Agreement Maintains PortsToronto's Position as one of Canada's Top Ten Largest Green Energy Purchasers with Bullfrog Power®

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TORONTO, Sept. 17, 2015 /CNW/ - PortsToronto today announced that it will continue its commitment to environmental sustainability by signing a new three-year agreement with Bullfrog Power® for green electricity for all of PortsToronto's operations, including Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport. With this agreement, PortsToronto and Billy Bishop Airport maintain their status as the only port authority and airport in Canada to be powered entirely by renewable energy across all operations and facilities, including the airport's new 853-foot pedestrian tunnel.

"As a steward of Toronto's waterfront, PortsToronto is today reaffirming our mandate to conduct operations in an environmentally responsible manner and promote the use of renewable resources through a three-year agreement that will see Bullfrog Power continue to power all of our operations – a priority for us as we strive to achieve heightened levels of sustainability for our organization," said Geoffrey Wilson, CEO, PortsToronto, "We are the only port authority and airport in Canada to be powered entirely with clean energy derived from wind and low-impact hydro – a fact that we are very proud of as we continue to look for ways to reduce our environmental footprint."

Through the new three-year agreement, Bullfrog Power's generators will inject renewable electricity back into the grid to match the amount of power used by PortsToronto's operations. In 2013, PortsToronto reduced emissions by approximately 17 per cent using Bullfrog Power's clean energy, which comes exclusively from a blend of EcologoM-certified wind and low-impact hydro power.

"PortsToronto is among the ten largest purchasers of green energy in Canada with Bullfrog Power," said Ron Seftel, CEO, Bullfrog Power. "Since 2010, PortsToronto has reduced its environmental impact and supported the development of new green energy projects across Canada by choosing Bullfrog Power's green electricity. With this agreement, we are pleased to see PortsToronto continue its commitment to clean energy."

Choosing Bullfrog Power's green energy is just one way that PortsToronto works to reduce its impact on the environment. PortsToronto has also implemented a number of other green initiatives including: partnering with the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority on the Tommy Thompson Park Wetland Creation Project; removing approximately 150 million pounds of material each year from the Keating Channel and Toronto Harbour; and promoting the Port of Toronto as an environmentally-friendly alternative to shipping goods to Toronto. Last year alone, the cargo delivered through the Port by ship took approximately 50,000 40-tonne trucks off Toronto's congested roads and highways.  

For more information about PortsToronto's sustainability initiatives, visit www.portstoronto.com/About-TPA/Corporate-Social-Responsibility/Environmental-Leadership.aspx

About PortsToronto (http://www.portstoronto.com/)
For more than 100 years PortsToronto has worked with its partners at the federal, provincial and municipal levels to enhance the economic growth of the City of Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area. PortsToronto owns and operates Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, which welcomes more than two million passengers each year; the Outer Harbour Marina, one of Canada's largest freshwater marinas; and, Terminals 51 and 52, which provide transportation, distribution, storage and container services to businesses at the Port of Toronto. PortsToronto is committed to fostering strong, healthy and sustainable communities and has invested more than $6.7 million since 2009 in charitable initiatives and environmental programs that benefit communities along Toronto's waterfront and beyond. PortsToronto operates in accordance with the Canada Marine Act and is guided by a nine-member board with representation from all three levels of government.

About Bullfrog Power
Bullfrog Power, Canada's leading green energy provider, offers renewable energy solutions that enable individuals and businesses to reduce their environmental impact, support the development of green energy projects in Canada and help create a cleaner, healthier world. As a Certified B Corporation, Bullfrog Power meets higher standards of social and environmental performance, transparency, and accountability. Thousands of individuals and businesses in Canada are doing their part to address climate change and air pollution by choosing green energy with Bullfrog Power. Sign up easily, quickly and affordably at bullfrogpower.com.

SOURCE PortsToronto

For further information: Media Contact: Erin Mikaluk, Senior Manager, Communications & Media Relations, PortsToronto, Tel: (416) 863-2065; Cell: (647) 298-0544, E-mail: emikaluk@portstoronto.com

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