WASTE AND RECYCLING
Waste and recycling were identified by Quadra’s stakeholders as being one of the most important aspects of the organization’s sustainability program.
Expired or damaged food products were previously disposed of as chemical waste. In 2012 partnerships were formed with pork producers which allowed Quadra to divert a portion of food waste for animal feed. Quadra will continue to use these and other best practices to reduce environmental impact on landfills.
Overall, the amount of waste as a percentage of total products handled continues to remain a very low 0.03% in 2016, as a result of efficient inventory management initiatives and thus fewer expired products.
Quadra’s recycling practices have been maintained at the same high level, with some recyclable materials being reused (such as stretch wrap, wood pallets, office paper, and electronics).
Quadra also continues to maintain a drum and tote reconditioning program.
GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS
The reduction of corporate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions is one of Quadra’s top priorities. Total direct and indirect carbon emissions from operations decreased by 3% this year despite another long and cold winter for all Canada in 2016.
The only source of direct energy at Quadra is natural gas used to heat the facilities; electricity is the only source of indirect energy consumption. The following sites, owned and operated by Quadra, are included in the table below:
- Vaudreuil-Dorion, Quebec
- Burlington, Ontario
- Delta, British Columbia
- Clairmont, Alberta
- Edmonton, Alberta (2 locations)
In 2016, Quadra’s emission reduction efforts continued and focused on the largest facilities. The Burlington facility sought new ways to reduce its electricity consumption by migrating to lower consumption lighting options, and in Vaudreuil, a complete refitting of the HVAC system was carried out to improve its efficiency. Both initiatives resulted in net energy reduction consumption vs last year of 13,3% for Burlington and 9,95% for Vaudreuil.
Employee vehicle travel emissions increased 1.8% and air travel emissions increased by 2.6%, both numbers contingent on Quadra’s distribution business growth. Quadra continues to reduce per vehicle emissions by adding more efficient vehicles to its fleet. Most of the available choices within the fleet are equipped with four cylinder engines rather than six, in order to optimize fuel efficiency, as the Quadra commercial team relies heavily on their vehicles.
Quadra also promotes the use of alternate modes of transportation, and gives out “Green Commuter” awards to employees who use a hybrid vehicle, public transportation, carpool or walk or cycle to work. In 2016, the total number of days when employees used a “green” commute increased to 1,340 from 1,190 in 2014.