Environmental Performance Report 2017-2018

This report highlights our commitment to environmental performance, with new initiatives and updates on existing programs for the period spanning April 2017 to March 2018. We are also marking the 10th anniversary of this report, which has been detailing our corporate environmental story regarding sustainability, as outlined in the timeline below.


Celebrating our Environmental Milestones

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  • Timeline

    • 1960

    • November 6, 1960
      The Nature of Things logo and link to program page

      CBC launches The Nature of Things .

    • 1970

    • September 19, 1970
      La semaine verte logo and link to program page

      Launch of La semaine verte by Radio-Canada.

    • October 8, 1975
      Quirks & Quarks logo and link to program page

      Launch of Quirks & Quarks.

    • 1980

    • 1982
      Aujourd'hui la science

      Radio-Canada launches “Aujourd'hui la science” (1982-1994).

    • 1988
      Découverte logo and link to program page

      Radio-Canada launches Découverte.

    • 1990

    • 1994
      Picture of the earth surrounded by light and link to program page

      Rebranding of “Aujourd'hui la science” as Les années lumière.

    • 2000

    • October 2002
      L’épicerie logo and link to program page

      Launch of L’épicerie.

    • January 1, 2003

      Man riding a bike. Link to Health, Safety and Environment policy.

      CBC/Radio-Canada officially adopts our Environmental Policy.

    • 2007

      • Spark logo and link to program page

        CBC Radio launches Spark.

      • Spotlights lighting up a television production set

        CBC/Radio-Canada introduces the first all-LED-lit studio in the world.

      • Piles of e-waste – computers, etc.

        Electronic waste recycling pilot launched at CBC in Toronto.

    • 2008

      • One Million Acts of Green logo and link to initiative page

        CBC Television’s The Hour, in partnership with Cisco Systems Canada, kicks off the One Million Acts of Green campaign.

      • Cell phone take-back program

        Introduction of two recycling programs: cell phone take-back program (National) and tape recycling program for all video media (Toronto).

      • BOMA BESt logo with link to website

        BOMA BEST certifications obtained in Winnipeg, Calgary, Regina and Vancouver. Maison de Radio-Canada (Montreal) awarded provincial and national Earth Awards.

      • Provincial and national Earth Awards

        Maison de Radio-Canada (Montreal) awarded provincial and national Earth Awards.

    • 2009

      • E-waste recycling program montreal - old computers

        Introduction of e-waste recycling program at Maison de Radio-Canada (in Montreal).

      • BOMA BEST certifications obtained in St. John’s, Moncton and Halifax (TV and Radio).

    • 2010

      • E-waste recycling items

        Introduction of e-waste recycling program at CBC in Vancouver.

      • BOMA BEST certifications obtained in Montreal and Toronto.

    • 2011

      • Two employees taking a break in front of a white CBC/Radio-Canada vehicle

        First hybrid vehicle purchased in Charlottetown.

      • Nearly 90% of the total surface area of our buildings are certified by BOMA.

      • Employee pay stubs

        Employee pay stubs exclusively available online.

    • 2012

      • News studio LED lighting

        Studios in Quebec City, Yellowknife, Montreal and Toronto transitioned to LED lighting. Completed LED conversions and upgrades in Saguenay, Trois-Rivières and Vancouver news studio.

      • Man is storage facility for e-waste recycling program

        New e-waste recycling programs in Halifax, Carp (Ontario), Regina and Saskatoon.

      • Orange battery-recycling container

        Battery recycling introduced at 27 of our buildings, reaching 88% of employees.

      • Printer in a forest and link to report

        Launch of our legacy site Social Responsibility and Public Value at CBC.

    • 2013

      • Cubes of plastic waste

        Introduction of a soft plastics and organics recycling program in Vancouver.

      • Photo of printer

        Completed a print optimization project, reducing the number of printing devices by 75% across the country.

      • Electronic environmental management system (EMS)

        Implemented a new electronic environmental management system (EMS).

      • Electronic waste recycling program

        Finalized roll out of electronic waste recycling program, the first organization to do so above the 60th parallel, with expansion into Whitehorse, Yellowknife, Inuvik, Iqaluit and Rankin Inlet.

    • 2014

      • Launched eco-friendly drivers' training for all fleet operators.

      • Mont Logan

        Use of innovative bio-cell remediation technology at Mont Logan to treat small quantities of soil contamination by petroleum hydrocarbons as part of site remediation.

    • 2015

      • Electric car charging stations

        Added electric car charging stations in the employee parking lot of our Montreal facility.

      • Bee colonies on our Toronto and Montreal rooftops

        Introduction of bee colonies on our Toronto and Montreal rooftops.

      • LED lighting in Edmonton

        Installed LED lighting in Moncton, Montreal and Edmonton.

      • Cooling infrastructure in our data centres

        Installation of cooling infrastructure in our data centres, reflecting an average energy savings of 80% in Halifax and 85% in Moncton.

    • 2016

      • President’s Award in the Making Things Better category

        The bee project (Environmental Biodiversity) receives the CBC/Radio-Canada President’s Awards in the Making Things Better category.

      • Fleet carbon emissions

        Reduced fleet carbon emissions by 25% in last three fiscal years.

      • Two 100% electric vehicles

        Procured two 100% electric vehicles in Quebec City.

    • 2017

      • For the third consecutive year in a row, CBC in Toronto was awarded a Gold designation by the City of Toronto Smart Commute program.
      • Introduced biking for reporters, a program where bicycles are used to cover stories in Ottawa.

    • 2018

ENVIRONMENTAL HIGHLIGHTS FROM 2017 - 2018

Energy:

-1.93% overall total energy consumption*

-1.93% overall total energy consumption*

Waste Diversion:

99.14 metric tonnes of e-waste diverted from landfills nationally in 2017-2018. A total of 1,449.5 metric tonnes of e-waste have been recycled since 2008.

99.88 metric tonnes of e-waste diverted from landfills nationally in 2017-2018.

1,450.2 metric tonnes of e-waste have been recycled since 2008.

7,596 kg of e-waste and 29,568 kg of scrap metal diverted from landfills from our Transmission sites. 15,862 kg of organic waste and 182 kg of soft plastic diverted from landfills in Vancouver. De-accessioned 295 skids of tape, representing 86.51 metric tonnes of blank or duplicate tape being recycled.

7,596 kg of e-waste and 29,568 kg of scrap metal diverted from landfills from our Transmission sites.

15,862 kg of organic waste and 182 kg of soft plastic diverted from landfills in Vancouver.

295 skids of tape deaccessioned, representing 90.11 metric tonnes of blank or duplicate tape being recycled.

Fleet:

Over 8,100 litres of gasoline saved from 1996 charge-ups at our Montreal electric car stations. An additional three charging ports were added in 2017-2018, for a total of 5.

Over 8,100 litres of gasoline saved from 1996, charge-ups at our Montreal electric car stations. An additional three charging ports were added in 2017-2018, for a total of five.

Biodiversity:

22 beehives installed across 8 CBC/Radio-Canada buildings.

22 beehives installed across six CBC/Radio-Canada buildings.

Air and Water:

-12.19% in total air emissions -9% in water consumption

-12.19% in total air emissions.

-6.3% in water consumption.

*Compared to 2016-2017

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