EDMONTON, June 21 /CNW/ - GE Water & Process Technologies, a unit of
General Electric Company (NYSE: GE), awarded Petro-Canada, one of Canada's
largest oil and gas companies, and the City of Edmonton today with Canada's
first 2007 Global ecomagination Leadership Award for its ground-breaking
partnership, which implemented an environmentally-sustainable water management
solution for the region. The private-public partnership, a first-of-its-kind
in Canada, saved over 2,650,000 cubic meters (700,000,000 US gallons) of fresh
water while significantly reducing the amount of wastewater discharged into
Alberta's North Saskatchewan River.
Ecomagination leadership awards honours less than 1% of GE customers,
whose measures saved millions of gallons of water, reduced effluent and
emissions -- while conserving energy and reducing overall operating costs.
With growing environmental concerns, such as water scarcity, ecomagination
award winners are being commended for striking a positive balance between
industrial and environmental challenges.
"Petro-Canada and the City of Edmonton partnership is a great example of
how private and public entities can mutually balance environmental goals with
economic and industry objectives," said Jeff Garwood, president and CEO, GE
Water & Process Technologies.
"This project is an example of the three principles that guide
Petro-Canada's approach to water use: conservation, protection and recycling,"
said Giorgio Grappolini, Petro-Canada's Senior Advisor Infrastructure
Development for the oil sands. "Our partnership with the City of Edmonton
reflects the commitment to responsible resource management that both the City
of Edmonton and Petro-Canada strive for."
"There is more demand than ever for clean water in the Edmonton region
and this is the first time in Alberta that high quality recycled water is
being provided to industry as an alternative to river water," said Edmonton
Mayor Stephen Mandel. "Edmonton has long recognized the benefits that partners
bring to the table in meeting environmental challenges. This project is a
critical part of EcoVision Edmonton(R), the City's commitment to ensure the
environment is protected for generations to come."
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