As far back as 1917, our co-founder, Arthur Surveyer, was already a public advocate for sustainable practices. Sustainable projects use fewer materials and resources, minimally or positively impact the environment, and deliver lasting benefits to owners and society.
These basic principles have influenced our corporate culture ever since. We view sustainability from two perspectives: one, as a valuable tool and skill set we offer our clients, from life cycle analysis to reducing environmental impact to community engagement; and two, as the most compelling way to conduct ourselves professionally and live up to our employees' expectations.
In 2005, we formalized and expanded on our commitment to sustainability with the values espoused in our WE CARE principles. They govern our actions towards our employees' well-being, health and safety, the communities where we live and work, the environment and the quality of our work.
In 2010, we produced our first comprehensive sustainability report, and we're continuously building on our reporting mechanisms to broaden the scope of future reports.
As a total solutions service company, we have a responsibility to integrate sustainability into our projects, and to create shared value by promoting its benefits to our clients and all our stakeholders.
In 2010, SNC-Lavalin was awarded a lump sum contract to provide engineering, procurement and construction services for SaskPower's Boundary Dam integrated carbon capture and sequestration demonstration project in Canada. The project will reduce the aging coal plant's greenhouse gas emissions by some 1.3 million tonnes of CO² per year using state-of-the-art project implementation tools such as the Intergraph Smart plant design system.
Boundary Dam, Saskatchewan
Environmental & social impact assessment
SNC-Lavalin coordinated diverse teams of international experts and Guinean specialits to conduct studies to ensure that Simandou's iron ore project in Guinea complies with sustainability standards and policies. The massive project includes a mine and associated infrastructure, a railway and a deepwater port.
Construction / EPCM
In 2011, Contact Energy of New Zealand awarded SNC-Lavalin and its joint venture partners a contract to design and build the Te Mihi geothermal project. Two 83 MW geothermal power units will be installed in one of the most geothermically active regions of the world. Geothermal power is one of the most sustainable power sources. It produces far less greenhouse gas than conventional power plants, and runs 24/7 because it doesn't rely on the sun or wind. The heated water comes out of the ground and its steam is used to power turbines before being re-condensed and re-injected back into the earth to be reheated once again.
Te Mihi geothermal project, New Zealand