EcoWeek,  May 7, 2007

Communications leader recognized for emission reductions

SAINT JOHN, NB-Aliant's contributions to a cleaner environment in Atlantic Canada were recently recognized by the federal government, in the form of letters of commendation from Natural Resources Canada. The company, a leading provider of information and communications technology in the region, has initiated more than 400 individual projects over the past six years, resulting in a total reduction of 28,755 tonnes of CO2e (carbon dioxide equivalent) emissions. This is equivalent to taking 6,579 vehicles off the road for a year. Aliant achieved its emission reductions by curbing its use of diesel fuel (by nearly 1.6 million litres) and electricity (by over 21,000 megawatts (MW). The company is committed to being a leader in environmental sustainability initiatives throughout the region, said Bell Aliant's environment manager Susan Atkinson. "We are thrilled that Natural Resources Canada has acknowledged our work with letters of commendation and equally pleased that we are making such strong progress in improving the way we operate our business," she said. During 2007, Aliant plans to reduce energy consumption levels even further, undertaking an additional 33 energy savings projects aimed at reducing CO2e emissions by more than 3,000 tonnes. One such project will involve energy audits conducted on 12 Aliant buildings throughout Atlantic Canada. More information is available on the company's Web site,, or from Alyson Queen at Bell Aliant, E-mail

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