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Toronto Hydro CR Report 2016

INTRODUCTION MATERIALITY AND STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT OUR CITY OUR OUR PEOPLE ENVIRONMENT GLOSSARY AT A GLANCE Precautionary approach Toronto Hydro has policies and has implemented standards and practices that serve to protect the natural environment, aligned with the precautionary principle. The Toronto Hydro Environmental Policy’s core principles require consideration of the environment in business processes. In 2013, an environmental management system was established that is registered as conforming to the requirements of ISO 14001: 2004. The basis of ISO 14001:2004 is a risk based approach to identify and control the significant environmental aspects of operations. Programs are established to manage these risks (significant aspects), and activities and results are reported regularly to senior management and the Board of Directors. In 2016, Toronto Hydro was re-registered as conforming to the requirements of ISO 14001:2004. This re-registration serves as evidence of Toronto Hydro’s commitment to maintain and improve the environmental management system. The adoption of the precautionary principle at Toronto Hydro applies to the potential harm caused by the release of GHGs from fossil fuels and spills that release substances into the natural environment. Toronto Hydro puts measures in place to mitigate releases or spills even if there is no evidence of impact to the natural environment. Examples of measures put in place in support of the precautionary principle include working with customers to conserve electricity and reduce GHGs associated with the consumption of electricity. Toronto Hydro provides spills response training to employees, investigates all identified spills and restores the environment following a spill. Toronto Hydro also applies the precautionary principle when reviewing chemicals in new products. A banned and restricted chemicals list has been developed to reduce the likelihood of chemicals that potentially pose an environmental risk being purchased by Toronto Hydro. When reviewing a new product, Toronto Hydro compares the chemicals to the list and, if the chemical is on the list, alternatives must be used if practicable. The list goes beyond chemicals banned through legislation and includes chemicals that potentially create negative environmental impacts. The list includes chemicals from legislation such as Ontario Regulation 63/09 Pesticides and Ontario Regulation 463/10 Ozone Depleting Substances, as well as international treaties such as the Rotterdam Convention and the Stockholm Convention. Internally, engineering controls to reduce energy consumption and the associated GHGs for buildings and fleet are being increased. Work to eliminate oil containing polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in assets is being aggressively pursued as well as implementing processes and design improvements to prevent the release of spills into the environment (for details see Effluents and Waste section in this chapter). OUR ENVIRONMENT I TORONTO HYDRO 71 Material Issue for Toronto Hydro: Air Emissions, Climate Change; Waste, By-products & Recycling; Hazardous Waste and Spills Management Corresponding GRI G4 Aspects: Emissions, Effluents & Waste, Compliance GRI General Standard Disclosures: EU1, EU2, G4-14 GRI Specific Standard Indicators: EN15 EN16, EN19, EN23, EN24, EN29 G4-14


Toronto Hydro CR Report 2016
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