Since the late 1990s, ISO 14001certified environmental management systems have governed all our operations that could have an impact on the environment. In 2016, we worked on adapting our environmental management to ISO 14001:2015. We will soon have one single environmental management system (EMS) that will cover the work done by all employees and replace the current seven systems. The new EMS should be certified by summer 2018.

Video: Broderie signature

Since 2009, Broderie Signature  (in French only) has manufactured the bags used by Hydro-Québec line workers. This company, established in 1983, provides long-term employment for people with functional (physical and intellectual) limitations. The contract signed with Broderie Signature provides for delivery of 26,000 bags in different styles and materials over a five-year period. (in French only)

2017 HIGHLIGHTS

  • Gold-level Clé Verte (Green Wrench) environmental certificates were awarded to the vehicle repair shops in Baie-Comeau, Châteauguay, Mont-Tremblant and Sept-Îles. The Gatineau, Laval, Lebourgneuf and Trois-Rivières shops earned renewal certificates at the program’s highest level, Platinum, while the shop at La Grande-4 earned a Gold-level renewal certificate. Clé Verte is a voluntary program recognizing vehicle repair shops that adhere to environmental best practices.
  • Four new administrative buildings (in Rouyn-Noranda, Chicoutimi and Laval and at IREQ) obtained BOMA BEST certification, while Édifice Jean-Lesage had its certificate renewed. Together, these buildings account for 60% of our workforce. IREQ’s Lionel-Boulet pavilion earned the Silver-level certificate; the rest achieved Gold.
  • A geotechnical study was carried out to assess the possibility of wastewater treatment by soil infiltration on the grounds of the La Grande-1 residences. (Nord-du-Québec)
  • Recovery and reuse of insulating oil

    • 2017: 97.5% of insulating oil was reused
    • 2016: 87.9% of insulating oil was reused
    • 2015: 93.3% of insulating oil was reused
    • 2014: 92.2% of insulating oil was reused

Video: Québec network of business and recycling training centres

For the past decade, Hydro-Québec has partnered with the Réseau québécois des centres de formation en entreprise et récupération (in French only)  (CFER). The business and recycling training centres in the network recover and recycle materials while helping young people aged 15 to 18 who are having difficulty in school develop vocational skills that will enable them to enter the labor market more easily. The CFERs encourage young people to remain in school and endeavor to develop citizens' sense of responsibility and support for the environment and sustainability. The Normand-Maurice CFER in Victoriaville recovered 437 tonnes of Hydro-Québec's power-line hardware in 2013. Parts in good condition were re-milled and reused, while damaged parts were recycled. (in French only)

Video: Sustainable management of excess computer material

Hydro-Québec owns nearly 25,000 IT devices. As part of its Sustainable Development Action Plan, the company has committed to reusing and recycling its residual materials, including IT equipment that has reached the end of its useful life. Once the data on excess IT equipment is deleted, the equipment is sent over to AFFI for recycling and reuse. Every year, around 5,500 desktop computers and laptops are passed on to this social economy organization that employs 450 people, 83% of whom have reduced mobility. (in French only)