CBC/Radio-Canada created and adopted an Environmental Policy in 2002 that commits us to the principles of sustainable development and to integrating environmental considerations into decision-making at every level of the organisation. Our annual environmental performance reports inform Canadians about our environmental performance and impact in terms of production, consumption and operation. The reports also discuss how we ensure continuous improvement to our environmental management system; our daily practices in support of our policy in such areas as energy savings, recycling, e-waste, and species at risk; the recognition that we have received for our “green” efforts; and our future plans.
Here are some highlights from our latest report:
In 2010-2011, the Corporation implemented recycling programs in 24 of its 27 owned buildings. This enabled us to increase our diversion rate by 6.1 per cent, from 63.5 to 69.6 per cent.
We recovered and safely disposed of a total of 103,150 kilograms of electronic waste, 20,500 kilograms of batteries and 4,114 litres of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs).
Nearly 90 per cent of the total surface area of the buildings that we manage is certified by BOMA Building Environmental Standards (BESt). Ninety-five per cent of our employees work in these buildings.
A total of 247 employees received training in fields such as mould management and ozone depleting substances (e.g., halocarbons).
We pursued prevention activities in a number of fields: storage tank management, risk of contamination on our properties, facility compliance with applicable regulations, indoor air quality, potable water quality, asbestos, and species at risk.
We conducted a variety of educational campaigns for our employees and for the Canadian public related to Earth Hour, Earth Day, Bike to Work Week, Canadian Environment Week, and National Waste Reduction Week.
In the interests of transparency, we publish our environmental performance reports online so that all Canadians can read about what we are doing and what we intend to do vis-à-vis the environment and our place in it. The reports may be found in the Resources section of this story.
Have a look. We encourage all Canadians to read about our green efforts.