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CEA members on track toward Sustainable Electricity



August 19, 2014 – “I am pleased to see CEA members’ continued progress and commitment to making the electricity sector more environmentally, socially, and economically responsible,” said Jim Burpee, president and CEO of the Canadian Electricity Association. “As we continue to invest in the next generation of electricity infrastructure, we must ensure that we are taking meaningful actions that secure a sustainable electricity future for Canadians.”

CEA just released its 2014 Sustainable Electricity Annual Report, “Engaged for a Sustainable Future” (download below), which highlights the progress members have made to scale back coal-fired electricity generation, reduce air emissions and minimize the overall environmental impact of their facilities. Emissions reductions since 2012 include 3.6% in carbon dioxide (equivalent), 2.6% in sulphur dioxide, 2.2% in nitrogen oxide, and 12.9% in mercury.

The report, says CEA, also shows members continue to make progress on health & safety, emergency preparedness, workplace diversity, stakeholder engagement, aboriginal relations and energy efficiency.

The association says its mandatory, industry-wide Sustainable Electricity program was developed “to foster continuous member improvement in the areas of environmental, social and economic performance”. Specific performance metrics and indicators are verified by an independent third-party.

CEA’s membership comprises organizations that generate, transmit and distribute electrical energy to customers across Canada.