Sustainability at work – 2014 Report

Environment

Environment

Helping protect and restore the natural environment we all depend on is an important part of what we do.

You can’t talk about sustainability without talking about the environment. Our engineers are continually seeking ways to increase the environmental benefits of our clients’ power, oil and gas, mining and metallurgy, and infrastructure projects.

Protecting and restoring the environment is top of mind for us—whether we’re harnessing the power of rivers without building new dams, or capturing CO2 emissions at a carbon-intensive power plant for use at a nearby oilfield. Or leveraging new technologies to neutralize mine tailings and recycle their water content, or helping deliver mass transit solutions that lower the carbon footprint of people’s daily commute.

Our environmental commitment

At SNC-Lavalin, we apply innovative thinking to manage engineering and construction projects, and build facilities and infrastructure, that meet the highest environmental standards. This is where we make our biggest contribution to the environment.  

Part of our responsibility revolves around compliance—ensuring that our offices and project sites conform to all applicable laws and regulations. On another level, it’s about the softer side of environmental stewardship. This ranges from enhancing energy efficiency and reducing paper consumption at our offices, to minimizing noise, dust and runoffs at our jobsites.

Global Environmental Management System

To continuing improving our environmental performance, we updated our Global Environmental Management System (GEMS) in 2014. The new system includes the following five leading indicators:

  • number of audits completed
  • number of people trained on GEMS
  • number of incidents investigated
  • number of site visits by senior management
  • number of shared lessons learned

We rolled out GEMS in January 2015.