TPA's support for renewable electricity through Bullfrog Power(TM) part of range of new green initiatives
TORONTO, Jan. 28 /CNW/ - The Toronto Port Authority ("TPA") has signed on all of its operations for 100 per cent clean, renewable electricity with Bullfrog Power as part of a broad range of initiatives to be implemented in 2010 to promote environmental sustainability along Toronto's waterfront. Through Bullfrog Power, Canada's 100 per cent green electricity provider, TPA will green 10,295 megawatt hours of its electricity requirements annually.
"The TPA is a responsible member of Toronto's waterfront community, and one of our most important duties is to make sure this beautiful and shared natural resource is passed down for future generations to enjoy," said TPA President and CEO Geoffrey Wilson. "To help fulfill this mission, the TPA is choosing clean, emissions-free electricity that does not contribute to climate change or air pollution. We want to be part of the solution that will protect our environment, and also help create green jobs and economic opportunities throughout Toronto and Ontario."
Bullfrog Power provides Canadian homes and businesses with a 100 per cent green electricity choice. Through the agreement, all of the TPA's facilities-including the Outer Harbour Marina, Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (BBTCA), Marine Terminals 51 and 52, and Harbour Street headquarters-will be signed on for green electricity with Bullfrog. In Ontario, Bullfrog's electricity comes exclusively from local wind and hydro facilities that have been certified as low impact by Environment Canada under its EcoLogo(M) program.
"We commend the TPA for its support of clean, renewable power generated here in Ontario," said Tom Heintzman, President, Bullfrog Power. "The support of organizations like the TPA is important to the advancement of green power development in the province."
Choosing renewable energy is only one part of the TPA's ongoing effort to reduce its impact on the environment and help improve the quality of life of nearby residents.
Other initiatives include:
- Investing $1 million to create protective islands and fish habitat
wetlands at Tommy Thompson Park,
- A transition to green lubricants on TPA machinery, vessels and
- Aggressive enforcement of anti-idling rules for vehicles using TPA
- Encouraging the use of shuttle buses and public transit to and from
- Altering approach protocols for aircraft landing at the airport to
burn less fuel, and
- Investing $900,000 in sound barriers to protect nearby residents from
excessive noise caused by engine maintenance taking place at BBTCA.
More information on the TPA's environmental initiatives is available at www.torontoport.com.
About the Toronto Port Authority
The Toronto Port Authority was incorporated on June 8, 1999, as a government business enterprise under the Canada Marine Act as the successor to the Toronto Harbour Commissioners. It is a federal public authority providing transportation, distribution, storage and container services to businesses. The TPA owns and operates the Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, Marine Terminals 51 and 52, and the Outer Harbour Marina. The TPA also provides regulatory controls and public works services to enhance the safety and efficiency of marine navigation and aviation in the port and harbour of Toronto.
About Bullfrog Power
Bullfrog Power, Canada's 100 per cent green electricity provider, offers homes and businesses a clean, renewable electricity choice. Bullfrog's electricity comes exclusively from wind and hydro facilities that have been certified as low impact by Environment Canada under its EcoLogo(M) program instead of from polluting sources like coal, oil, natural gas, and nuclear. Thousands of Canadian homes and businesses are doing their part to address climate change and air pollution by switching to green electricity with Bullfrog Power.
For further information: For further information: Geoffrey Wilson, President and CEO, (416) 863-2000; Lucy De Oliveira, Manager, Marketing Communications, Bullfrog Power, (416) 360-3464 ext 206