The environment is everyone’s business!
Every day, we take action in ways large and small, in conjunction with all our subsidiaries, to reduce the environmental impact of our activities and encourage our employees, customers, partners and the general public to adopt green behaviours.
United for the environment
To protect our environment we need to raise awareness across the board. We are therefore committed to rallying our employees to the cause and supporting organizations that promote environmental responsibility.
Actions for the environment:
- Partnering with Earth Day since 2007 and supporting the 375,000 Trees program, which aims to increase the Montréal area’s canopy index by 3 percentage points
- Participating in PARK(ing) Day, an international event in which parking spots are temporarily transformed into green, artistic, userfriendly spaces
- Organizing environment fairs featuring local businesses for our employees
- Participating in the Montréal transit commission’s OPUS+ program and the BIXI Corporate program to encourage head office employees to use sustainable transit, earning recognition from Voyagez Futé
Gestev, our event management subsidiary, applies responsible practices certified under Bureau de normalisation du Québec (BNQ) Standard 9700-253.
At its events, Gestev practices sound waste, energy and water management, minimizes greenhouse gas emissions, uses local suppliers and/or gives priority to local products.
Recycling of electronic devices
We are making a major effort to reduce, reuse, recycle and recover so as to reduce the amount of waste diverted to landfill.
Videotron has introduced two large-scale programs. First, since 2008, it has been encouraging members of the public to bring mobile devices and other small electronic equipment to any of its locations across Québec or to its Le SuperClub stores.
Secondly, to manage the wastes produced by network maintenance and upgrades in a responsible manner, Videotron has joined forces with the community-based organization Service d’intégration au travail-Mauricie, which administers the 2e vie program for environmentally friendly management of outdated electronic equipment while helping people living with mental health challenges enter the job market.
Actions to support waste recovery:
- More than 4.5 million outdated electronic devices collected under Videotron’s We Recycle program between 2012 and 2016
- Organic wastes recovered at the Videotron Centre
Responsible use of natural resources
Responsible procurement is another linchpin of our green strategy. We are focusing our efforts on using responsibly sourced paper, buying local and factoring environmental criteria into our contract award process.
Actions to support responsible procurement:
- Quebecor Printing: Obtained Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC® C111719) chain-of-custody certification in 2012
- Book Group: Printing all black-and-white books on paper made of 100% post-consumer fibre
- TVA Publications: Printing magazines on FSC®certified paper
- Videotron: Promoting online billing
- Videotron Centre: Using recyclable or compostable cups, ecological cleaning products, etc.
Greenhouse gas reduction and energy efficiency
We make wide-ranging efforts to optimize the energy efficiency of our operations, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and decrease our carbon footprint.
Quebecor has been reporting its carbon emissions to the Carbon Disclosure Project since 2011. The process enables the Corporation to track its energy consumption and identify more opportunities for greenhouse gas reduction.
Actions to rationalize energy consumption:
- Videotron: Phasing in electric vehicles and installing auxiliary hybrid systems on its bucket trucks to limit engine use
- 4Degrees: Using smart natural cooling systems at the data centres
- Videotron Centre: Built and managed to meet LEED Silver certification requirements
- Quebecor: Head Office has one of Montréal’s highest urban green roofs
- At our various sites: Energy efficiency projects (automated lighting systems, programmable thermostats, etc.) and 8 electric charging stations
- Environmental Affairs department: Produced an energy efficiency guide to support sustainable management of the premises of Quebecor and its subsidiaries