SNC-Lavalin’s waste-saving measures yield results

SNC-Lavalin has been implementing extensive recycling programmes in its offices since 2008, and has recycled around 540 tonnes of paper and nearly 11t of glass, plastic, and metal

James Cassin, vice president for health, safety, security, and environment at SNC-Lavalin.
James Cassin, vice president for health, safety, security, and environment at SNC-Lavalin.

Canada-based contractor, SNC-Lavalin, has embedded sustainability in its operations, projects, and decisions.

It has reportedly been implementing extensive recycling programmes in its offices since 2008, and has recycled around 540 tonnes of paper – equivalent to 10,802 trees and 2,160t of greenhouse gases (GHGs) – and nearly 11t of glass, plastic, and metal.

Speaking with Construction Week, James Cassin, vice president for health, safety, security, and environment at SNC-Lavalin, said: “Employees can also recycle pens, cell phones, batteries, iPods, and MP3 players. 

“Other waste-saving measures include recycling materials from office remodelling projects, switching to biodegradable garbage bags and cleaning products, and setting all printers to double-sided printing.”

Cassin added that, for the company, sustainability is about “understanding and maximizing how, through our engineering expertise and services, we make a difference”. 

He offered examples of the different ways that SNC-Lavalin is going about making a difference, including sourcing, hiring, and investing locally; engaging with communities and stakeholders on sustainability issues; reducing energy consumption, resource use, and carbon emissions; and earning its social licence to operate.

“In-depth environmental expertise is embedded in each of our four business sectors: infrastructure; mining and metallurgy; oil and gas; and power. And our full-service environment and geoscience engineering team has been helping clients build sustainable projects and maintain regulatory compliance throughout the complete project cycle,” said Cassin.

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