Innovating to preserve resources
Protecting the environment is one of the Air Liquide Canada’s key guiding principles to run a sustainable business. We are therefore optimizing our environmental footprint, both in our activities as well as on our customers’ sites.
This commitment reflects as follow:
Air Liquide will contribute its expertise and know-how to a major pilot project for installing the first multi-fuel filling stations in the province of Québec. The multi-fuel stations will offer consumers a one-stop-shop, with several energy choices, including gasoline, natural gas, electricity, propane and hydrogen.
The project was launched by the province’s Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources, with the participation of other associated partners: the Coop fédérée, through its Energy branch Sonic, Toyota Canada, Gaz Métro and Hydro-Québec.
As we are constantly looking for ways to improve the general performance and competitiveness of our production plants, we made a series of improvements to our Varennes and Contrecoeur plants in Quebec, including the installation of LED lights outside of our Varennes plant with motion detectors, the replacement of the main air compressor’s electric motor at our plant in Contrecoeur and better pipe insulation.
As a result, we reduced our annual electricity consumption by 6%, and Hydro-Québec elected us to its Energy Savers’ Circle. Hydro-Québec’s Energy Savers’ Circle brings together large-power customers recognized for their exceptional energy efficiency leadership and performances.
Our Hamilton facility in Ontario produces air gases for a range of industries, some of these being supplied with oxygen through pipelines. Through combined efforts from Air Liquide engineers and experts from Horizon Utilities as well as the financial support of the Government of Ontario saveONenergy program, we successfully built a new medium-pressure oxygen pipeline reducing yearly electricity consumption by up to 31,000 megawatt/hour.