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Environment — Non-Financial Results

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arrowEnergy use (GJ)*

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Total energy consumption has decreased by 21.9% and 10.3% per square meter since 2012. We set 2012 as the base year for comparing year over year energy and greenhouse gas performance.

 
2015
2014
2012
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Natural Gas 5,746 7,595 9,601
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Electricity 13,104 13,364 14,543
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Total Energy Use 18,850 20,959 24,144
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Energy use per square metre 1.30 1.34 1.45
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Source: Manitoba Hydro (raw data)
*GJ = Gigajoules

 

arrowWaste Management

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While a waste audit was not conducted in 2015 data provided by our recycling services provider estimates that ACU diverted 32.6 metric tonnes of recyclables from the landfill.
Waste Management
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Source: Phoenix Recycling Services monthly materials tracking reports for 2015.

 

arrowEmployee Commuting

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In 2015 a majority of ACU employees chose green and active modes instead of driving alone. Between 2012 and 2015, per capita employee commuting GHG emissions decreased 14.7%.

   
% Trips to and from work
 
Benchmark*
2015 2014 2012
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Drive
     
arrowAlone
71%
49% 51% 55%
arrowCarpool
7%
17% 17% 17%
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Active Commuting1 22% 34% 32% 28%
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GHG emissions from
commuting per employee
(tonnes CO2e per year)
  0.81 0.95 0.95
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Source: ACU Commuter Survey administered by Green Action Centre

*Benchmark: Winnipeg Commuting Patterns. Source: Commuting Patterns and Places of Work of Canadians, Statistics Canada (2011)

1 Includes public transit, biking, walking, running, etc.

 

arrowOffice Paper Used

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The total weight of office paper used has decreased 21% since 2012. Office paper used at ACU is 100% post-consumer waste content.

  2015 2014 2012
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Total Weight (metric tonnes) 9.8 12.0 13.7
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Total Weight per FTE (kilograms) 21.9 26.2 27.7
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Source: ACU Paper Suppliers

 

arrowPrinted Material Distributed

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The weight of printed materials distributed to members and the public decreased 75% compared to 2012 and 26% between 2014 and 2015. The reduction is a result of increasing online communications, eliminating marketing materials and printing 630,000 fewer paper statements in 2015 compared to 2012.

  2015 2014 2012
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Total weight (tonnes)

12.5 16.9 50.1
Percentage Total Weight by Source:
Member Statements 64% 59% 31%
Corporate Communications 32% 25% 46%
Marketing and Other Printed Materials 4% 3% 18%
Receipt rolls1 0% 13% 4%
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Source: ACU Multi-Materials Stewardship Manitoba reports
1No longer tracked as part of our stewardship reporting.

 

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arrowACU Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions Inventory (tonnes CO2e*)

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We have reduced our GHG emissions from operations by 34.3% since 2012. Reductions in employee commuting, natural gas and waste management GHGs contributed to the decrease.

  2015 2014 2012
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Scope 1: Direct GHG Emissions
Natural Gas 1

298.7 385.6 451.0
Scope 2: Indirect GHG Emissions
Electricity1

21.8 23.0 24.2
Scope 3: Other Indirect GHG Emissions
Employee Commuting2 375.6 475.6 526.6
Office Paper Use3 17.4 21.2 34.2
Waste Sent to Landfill4,5 4.85 5.04 21.74
Total GHG Emissions 718.3 910.4 1093.7
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*CO2e = greenhouse gas emissions expressed in equivalent amounts of CO2
Sources:
1 Manitoba Hydro
2 Employee Commuting Survey and Green Action Centre
3 ACU Paper Suppliers and Environmental Defense Fund PaperCalculator.org
4 AET Consultants (2014 and 2012).
5 Estimated using previous year waste audit results (kgs CO2e/FTE multiplied by current year FTE)
 
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