Community emissions make up 98 per cent of Edmonton’s overall greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Through our Corporate Climate Leaders Program (CCLP), we are supporting businesses and organizations to lower their own GHG emissions and take meaningful action on climate change. We launched our third cohort of the program earlier this year and are working with 58 organizations in Edmonton, from non-profits and family businesses to large institutions and companies. Many of our CCLP members have already made notable progress in improving their operations and identifying climate action opportunities, including these three organizations who have made significant strides to reduce their GHG footprint.
Chandos Construction is leading the way in reducing construction waste, as one of the only companies in western Canada that follows the LEED standard for waste management on all of its sites. Chandos has exceeded the LEED standards across their portfolio of projects, and in 2019 achieved an 80 per cent diversion rate across the entire company.
Lafarge Canada Inc., a leading supplier of sustainable building materials, has achieved impressive reductions in their energy, water and fuel consumption. Lafarge was able to achieve a 26 per cent reduction from baseline in GHG emissions from electricity across all Edmonton locations, in addition to significant natural gas consumption reduction at their Petroway RMX plant. Fostering a strong culture of sustainability within the organization and emphasizing staff engagement and training has been the key to their success.
The Edmonton Convention Centre has long been a leader in sustainable practices and is continuing to find innovative ways to reduce their impact. They have recently published an ambitious Greenhouse Gas Reductions plan and have introduced a number of policies and behaviour change initiatives to improve energy efficiency and heat loss. Earlier this year, construction wrapped up on their building atrium which now houses Canada’s largest building-integrated photovoltaic array, expected to produce an estimated 227,000kwh of solar energy annually.