Dofasco, DuPont and Inco receive top Voluntary Challenge & Registry awardsDofasco, DuPont and Inco were among the recipients of Leadership Awards from Canada's Voluntary Challenge & Registry Inc (VCR Inc) in Ottawa last week. This is the third year the awards have been presented since VCR Inc became a stand-alone, not-for-profit organization.
Dofasco was named winner in the primary metals sector category in recognition of its achievement in reducing energy consumption. The company has almost doubled its energy reduction over its stated objective, achieving a 19.5% reduction. Dofasco had made a voluntary commitment to reducing energy use by 10% between 1990 and 2000.
The energy reductions are the result of initiatives such as the use of electric arc furnace technology to complement conventional steelmaking; this also makes Dofasco one of Canada's largest recyclers. Other measures have included using less carbon-intensive energy sources when feasible and implementing energy reduction initiatives at the business unit level.
DuPont Canada became a two-time Leadership Award winner, having received its first in 1999 in recognition of its progress in energy conservation and reducing nitrous oxide emissions. Last week's award was for the company's overall emission reduction achievements. Its abatement facilities, combined with innovative greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction and energy efficiency programs, will reduce DuPont's total emissions by 10-13 million tonnes per year, to levels below 1.5 million tonnes per year over the next ten years. The company has estimated that without these efforts, its projected emissions in a "business as usual" scenario would rise to 15 million tonnes per year by 2003.
Inco received its award for its management commitment to long-term GHG emission reduction targets and plans, the high calibre of its Action Plan and its achievements in reducing GHG emissions.
Absolute emissions from Inco's operations decreased from 939 kilotonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent in 1998 to 926 kt in 1999. This decline was recorded in spite of increases in the company's energy and emissions indices over the one-year period. Inco noted that these indices, which measure energy and emissions per unit of production, were affected by short-term factors, which it outlined in its last progress report submitted to VCR Inc.
More information, including the companies' most recent progress reports, is available on VCR Inc's Web site, www.vcr-mvr.ca.