A project for sustainable development
Sustainable development is a continuous process to improve living conditions and meet present needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. It harmonizes the environmental, social and economic aspects of development. Committed to environmental protection for over 30 years, Hydro-Québec has been a trailblazer in this field. The company adopted the concept of sustainable development in 1989, in response to the work of the World Commission on Environment and Development (Brundtland Commission, 1987).
Electricity is a fundamental asset that plays a direct role in our quality of life and personal security. This will continue to be the case for years to come. Therefore, it is important to build the necessary generating capacity to meet current power needs without compromising energy resources and environmental quality for future generations. Today, Hydro-Québec applies the principles of sustainable development in all phases of planning and building every one of its hydropower projects. Hydroelectricity has the advantage of being a clean, renewable energy source that helps to achieve Canada's objectives for reducing greenhouse gas emissions under the Kyoto Protocol. The Eastmain-1-A/Sarcelle/Rupert project is an example of the stringent application of the principles of sustainable development, right from the project design phase.
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