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Assa Abloy Canadian HQ goes green

In an effort to expand its existing sustainability program, ASSA ABLOY is choosing green electricity for its Canadian Corporate Headquarters in Vaughan, Ont. Assa Abloy says it will reduce its carbon emissions footprint each year by greening approximately 387 MWh of electricity.

September 8, 2010  By Staff

“Environmentally responsible processes are now commonplace in the construction industry. Signing on for Bullfrog Power coincided with our conscious move toward sustainable practices,” said Shane Magee, President and Country Manager, ASSA ABLOY Canada. “We have been committed to energy efficiency in our manufacturing plants for a number of years and our move to Bullfrog Power for our Canadian Corporate Headquarters is in keeping with this commitment. It is a natural progression.”
Through the agreement, Bullfrog’s Ontario generators inject renewable electricity onto the regional grid to match the amount of power ASSA ABLOY’s Headquarters uses. In Ontario, Bullfrog Power’s electricity comes exclusively from local wind and hydro facilities that have been certified as low impact by Environment Canada under its EcoLogoM program—instead of from polluting sources like coal, oil, natural gas and nuclear. Bullfrog Power uses the collective demand of its customers to cause new renewable facilities to be built. Several new wind turbines have been commissioned in Canada as a result of the support of bullfrogpowered homes and businesses.
In addition to choosing 100 per cent renewable electricity, ASSA ABLOY is committed to providing products and services that are environmentally sound throughout the entire production process and the product life-cycle. ASSA ABLOY’s unconditional aim is to make sustainability a central part of its business philosophy and culture, but even more important is the job of integrating sustainability into its business strategy. ASSA ABLOY has completed a comprehensive sustainability report since 2005 utilizing the Global Reporting Initiative and submitting reports to the United Nations for review.
“We should all be aware of alternatives that benefit the health of individuals, future generations and the planet. As a company, we have an obligation to lead by example and to communicate the benefits of renewable electricity,” said Magee. “This is why we are aligning ourselves with companies, such as Bullfrog Power and the Canadian Green Building Council, who are committed to advancing sustainable and green practices.
“By choosing Bullfrog Power for its Canadian Headquarters, ASSA ABLOY is setting a strong example for other manufacturers to follow,” said Tom Heintzman, President, Bullfrog Power. “Supporting renewable electricity will reduce the company’s environmental impact as well as demonstrate that there are simple steps that manufacturers of any size can take to achieve their sustainability goals.”
To learn more about ASSA ABLOY and its sustainability initiatives, visit the company’s booth at this year’s IIDEX/NeoCon Canada exposition and conference. The organization will be exhibiting on September 23 and 24, 2010, at the Direct Energy Centre in Toronto (Booth #2218).


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