June 19, 2006

CCME names 2006 winners of 10th Pollution Prevention Awards

Purolator Courier, Omron Dualtec Automotive Electronics, a Nova Scotia resort and a Victoria, BC dry cleaner were named the 2006 recipients of the Canadian Council of Ministers of Environment (CCME) Pollution Prevention (P2) Awards. The tenth annual awards, presented June 14 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, included a greenhouse gas reduction award for the city of Fredericton, New Brunswick.

Purolator, based in Mississauga, Ont, received the award in the Large Business category for its Greening the Fleet initiative. Beginning with the current gasoline-powered curbside package delivery vehicle, the company took a multi-phased approach towards the incorporation of P2 technology into its fleet operations. In Phase 1, Purolator's curbside hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) have reduced fuel consumption and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by over 40% with the introduction of a diesel HEV that optimizes electric battery and diesel components. In Phase 2, the best battery and hydrogen fuel cell technologies have been combined, with the end result being a zero-emission vehicle whose deployment on the streets of Toronto began in 2005.

The Medium Business award was presented to Omron Dualtec Automotive Electronics, of Oakville, Ontario, for its electronic control unit (ECU) facility green building project. Omron built the facility to meet the LEED standard criteria for green buildings. As a result, the ECU building is 37% more energy-efficient and 45% more water-efficient than a standard building. Features include a high-performance building envelope, efficient HVAC and lighting systems, dual-flush toilets, waterless urinals, low-flow sink faucets and the elimination of a permanent irrigation system. At the same time, the facility has met a number of other objectives, including a healthier and more ergonomic indoor workplace, financial savings from building operation, and enhanced environmental awareness through its green building education program.

Chantrelle Country Inn and Cottages, in Baddeck, Nova Scotia, and Elite Earth-friendly Cleaners, in Victoria, BC both received awards in the Micro Business category.

Since its inception, the Chanterelle has been dedicated to providing a "green environment" for its guests. Its award-winning project, addressing waste reduction practices in the fixed-roof accommodation business sector, began with the installation of solar panels for space and water heat. The inn's practices represent an continuing effort to reduce waste while maintaining guest satisfaction. After an assessment of the inn's physical plant and practices, the Audubon Green Leaf Eco-Rating program accorded the Chntrelle a four-leaf rating.

Elite's "Going Green" project involved the development of a safe, sustainable and viable wet cleaning system. In 2002, the firm undertook a project to convert its solvent-based drycleaning plant to a more sustainable system, using citrus, soy and banana in a water-based system. Elite subsequently became the first BC dry cleaner to convert to a 100% "green" system. Under an "open door policy," the firm invites any interested party to tour the plant, including the public, the press, and industry competitors.

Fredericton was selected to receive the CCME Greenhouse Gases Reduction award for its "First to Kyoto" corporate GHG reduction initiative. Through a wide variety of pollution prevention/reduction initiatives, the city sought specifically to reduce its GHG emissions and increase its energy efficiency, while increasing satisfaction, health and safety of its citizens and staff. The award recognized Fredericton's municipal building, streetlight power reduction, traffic lights conversion to LED, and conversion to water-based paints for traffic lines initiatives as examples of its leadership in pollution prevention and commitment to reducing GHGs as well as promoting a healthy environment.

An honourable mention for GHG reduction went to TransCanada PipeLines, in Calgary, in recognition of its fugitive emissions management program. The company adopted a disciplined, cost-effective approach to reducing fugitive emissions of methane gas from pipeline systems first by finding a way to measure and understand the scope of the problem. Development of the fugitive emissions management program followed. In 2005, implementation of the program prevented the release of more than 500 million cubic feet of methane to the atmosphere, equivalent to nearly 2,24 million tonnes of CO2.

More information is available from Chris Wolnik at the Canadian Centre for Pollution Prevention, 519/337-3429; Anjanette Zielinski of the CCME secretariat, 204/948-2757; Doug Kube at Purolator Courier, 1-800-326-4963; Dale Morrison at Omron Dualtec Automotive Electronics, 905/829-0136, ext 3008; Earlene Busch at Chanterelle Country Inn and Cottages, 902/929-2039; Rick or Laurel Nathorst at Elite Earth-friendly Cleaners, 250/213-6019; or Wayne Knorr of the city of Fredericton, 506/460-2181.

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