Sustainability Reporting Initiative
Committed to sustainable development in all our activities.
Our vision is to provide renewable energy for a greener future. Sustainable development at Innergex means that what we do matters as much as how we do it. We respect the social and economic value of our ecosystems and remain committed to integrating sustainable development considerations into all aspects of our business, encourage our employees to do the same in performing their work, and promote sustainable development practices among our partners and service providers.
Our Sustainable Development Strategy lays out our commitment to developing strategies that recognize the importance of the ecosystems within which we work and identify the risks and the potential impacts that our facilities could have on biodiversity, endangered species, waterbodies and other habitats. We work with Non-Governmental Organizations (“NGOs”) and both public and private stakeholders to ensure the restoration of temporarily disturbed areas and the protection of habitat and species at our operational sites.
We are proud of the project successes we have achieved while upholding strict environmental standards through rigorous assessment, monitoring, commitment-tracking and compliance practices. In addition, we strive to continually improve the performance and monitoring of our activities. For more information about our environmental expenditures, see the Financial and Operational Effects of Environmental Production Requirements section of the Annual Information Form.
Protecting the environment and developing our natural resources responsibly is one of the key development principles Innergex adheres to. From conception to construction through operation, we invest in environmental monitoring programs to help us understand the terrestrial and aquatic environments around our projects. Our environmental assessment programs begin before we break ground (witn environmental assessment and baseline data collection) and continue years after the first electrons are produced in our facilities. Much of the monitoring and analyses are carried out by independent third-party environmental consultants. For some projects, we have partnered with NGOs or academia by providing the necessary capital required to conduct multi-year and comprehensive monitoring programs.
The type of facility, its geographic location, social acceptance and regional regulatory requirements are all considerations taken into account when designing a monitoring program. For example, at our hydroelectric facilities, the programs typically focus on aquatic and terrestrial life, while at a wind farm the focus is on terrestrial and avian species, including birds and bats. In British Columbia, we recognize that mountain ecosystems differ in biodiversity from the more grassland environment of Texas. We understand that every location is unique and requires its own planning and attention.
The monitoring results contribute new data and knowledge to a relatively under-researched area and can greatly add to our understanding of the environmental issues associated with renewable energy development.
There are inherent environmental risks when harnessing power from renewable energy sources that Innergex takes every effort to anticipate, plan for, and mitigate. It is essential to determine the environmental risks associated with our business in order to determine how to best manage those risks to ensure the health and safety of our employees, the public and the environment.
Find out more about how we manage risks in our Annual Information Form, Environment, Health & Safety Policy and Sustainable Development Policy.
Innergex promotes a culture of reduce, reuse and recycle throughout its offices and facilities and follows all applicable regulations to ensure the environmentally sound management of waste.
During construction activities, we ensure that all parties involved in the construction commit and implement rigorous processes in order for the waste generated and hazardous materials used to follow a strict waste removal protocol ensuring that waste is collected and recycled or disposed of, in accordance with applicable regulations and as outlined in our Environment, Health, and Safety Policy.
We adhere to the same policy at all of our operating facilities to ensure the proper disposal of wastes and the timely addressing of any unforeseen incidents. Additionally, in 2018, we implemented a new Spill Management Procedure in British Columbia designed to improve our response and align with provincial regulations. We are presently expanding the procedure in our other areas of operation based on provincial, state and federal requirements.
In 2018, we reported 16 spills at our operational sites. The majority of these spills were minor in nature (<1L) and cleaned up immediately. Any affected soils were disposed of properly in accordance with regulations.
We all share a common interest in a sustainable future and collectively seek out ways to reduce or offset our footprint in daily activities.
Innergex’s policies are designed to guide the Corporation and its employees to ensure compliance in all aspects of its business. These policies ensure the sustainable growth of the Corporation through supporting employees with information-sharing and training, providing transparency with shareholders and the public, and clearly laying out the Corporation’s vision for ethical and acceptable behaviour. The policies are reviewed on an annual basis and updated accordingly.