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INTRODUCTION OUR SERVICES OUR WORKFORCE OUR ENVIRONMENTal INITIATIVES OUR COMMUNITY OUTREACH OUR ECONOMIC PERFORMANCE OUR GOVERNANCE, COMPLIANCE AND BUSINESS CONDUCT SF6 Gas Management In 2012, Toronto Hydro continued to calculate emissions resulting from SF6 gas using an assumed leak rate. We have researched best practices for managing SF6 gases and are planning to implement the Canadian Electricity Association and Environment Canada’s Emission Estimation and Reporting Protocol for Electric Utilities. Fleet Last year, following the utility’s restructuring, we reduced our fleet of vehicles by approximately 10 per cent. Still, our vehicles spent approximately 118,722 hours idling in 2012. In an effort to reduce fleet emissions, we have set a target to reduce 2013 idling by 10 per cent over the 2012 baseline. Biodiesel Fuel We continue to use biodiesel fuel in our fleet whenever possible and last year we began purchasing B30 fuel. We used 74,433 litres (L) of biodiesel fuel, avoiding approximately 16 tCO2e emissions relative to petroleum diesel. Resetting our Long-Term Strategy In our 2009 Corporate Responsibility Report, we introduced a target to reduce our GHG emissions by 87 per cent by 2014 (against a baseline established in 2007) through a combination of fleet innovation, asset modernization and facilities efficiencies, as well as through the Ontario government’s decision to close coal-fired generation plants. While our carbon footprint remains a priority, we are no longer working towards the targets set out in 2009, as the funding to complete our fleet innovation and facilities efficiencies is not available under current economic conditions. As we work towards establishing a new carbon strategy, we are focussing our attention on conducting energy audits and identifying areas of improvement, reducing fleet idling time and increasing our consumption of biodiesel fuel. TORONTO HYDRO 2012 corporate respnosibility report 71


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