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
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.