Soprema Canada is committing to reduce its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 71 per cent while decreasing their intensity 50 per cent by the year 2030. The announcement of these GHG reduction targets is a major first for the company, which has been redoubling its efforts in the fight against climate change since 2018.
Through this commitment, Soprema Canada is taking part in the transformation of the construction industry and is helping reduce the carbon footprint of buildings. This will decrease GHG emissions by approximately 73,667 metric tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (Mt CO2 eq.) compared to the reference year (2018).
“The construction sector accounts for over 10 per cent of total GHG emissions in Canada. As a manufacturer of construction products, we must assume our responsibilities and take concrete action in the fight against climate change. Our reduction targets are ambitious, and what makes me the most proud is that our employees are already working to implement concrete solutions that will enable us to reach them,” said Richard Voyer, vice-president and CEO of Soprema.
This reduction in GHG emissions focuses on Sopremas’s operations and facilities in Canada. Four targets in activity sectors are:
Buildings and equipment -20%
Product transport – 17%
Employee travel – 33%
Processes and products – 93%
To achieve this, several initiatives are already underway. These include improving the energy efficiency of buildings through the addition of heat recovery systems and passive solar walls, the use of less polluting vehicles and modes for transporting products, the replacement of energy-consuming corporate vehicles with hybrid and electric vehicles, and the introduction of substances with low or zero global warming potential.