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Update 2017/11/29
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By Cori Marshall

Changing the way we operate for the good of the environment is a sign of our times. We are inundated with information on environmental degradation, climate change and how human activity is contributing to it. With the knowledge that surrounds this topic there are still those who deny, or at the very least diminish the impact that our activities have.

It is promising to see that there are more and more who are not turning away and taking steps to curtail the impacts that their activities may have on the environment. Even corporations are part of the green shift, and on Monday, November 27, CBC/Radio-Canada announced significant in fleet vehicle CO2 emissions and water consumption.

The national broadcaster's 2016-2017 Environmental Performance Report states that fleet vehicle CO2 emissions are down 10.7% and water consumption 8.6%. We communicated with Douglas Chow, CBC Corporate Spokesperson via email to see how these reductions were achieved.

Chow explained that CO2 emissions are down due to a "reduction in fleet size, eco-friendly driver training, and introduction of hybrid electric vehicles."

CBC/Radio-Canada has purchased hybrid vehicles in recent years and has installed electric charge stations at the Maison Radio-Canada in Montréal.

Water reductions were achieved through a combination of "reduction in building footprint, usage monitoring, [and] operational control, for example, efficient cooler settings and preventative maintenance," Chow said.

The broadcaster will be purchasing Electric Vehicles (EV) to add to their fleet. Chow explained that this "shift is important for improved environmental performance, corporate social responsibility and cost savings." A combination of hybrid and fully electric vehicles are being examined, and CBC/Radio-Canada will be phasing older cars out.

When asked if the EVs are being purchased across Canada Chow responded "for now, Montréal only but [there is] a lot of potential to implement elsewhere."

CBC/Radio-Canada did not only reduce their CO2 emissions and water consumption the report highlights achievements in other areas;
  • 6% energy savings per square foot of building footprint
  • 106.11 metric tonnes of e-waste diverted from landfills nationally
  • Over 2,237 litres of gasoline saved from 543 charge ups at two electric car stations
  • 20 beehives installed across CBC/Radio-Canada
  • 2.2% reduction in total air emissions

"We all have a part to play in sustainability, and as Canada's national broadcaster we should be leading by example," Chow said. CBC/Radio-Canada is taking significant steps to change their model of business as usual, and the effort appears to be paying off.

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