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Replacement of Disposable Shop Towels by Reusable Shop Towels in a Manufacturing Facility

EEM coordinated a pilot project in an aircraft engine manufacturing facility to replace disposable shop towels by reusable shop towels. The project was aligned with the company’s goal of eliminating all waste by 2028. Following the success of the pilot project, it was implemented to the remaining sectors of the facility. Read the case study.

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Job opportunity – Consultant in social impact assessment

Company description

EEM is a sustainable management consultancy that provides expertise to public, private and nonprofit sector organizations in the following service areas: Environment, Health and Safety, Impact Assessment, Communities, and CSR Strategy. For over twenty years, EEM has helped customers incorporate sustainable development principles into their business by bridging the gap between strategic planning and implementation of operational solutions.

EEM currently has a vacancy for a consultant in social impact assessment.

Job responsibilities:

Provide consulting services in social impact assessment (SIA) and manage the SIA process including:

– Manage third party contractors who will perform relevant studies and investigations for the SIA process.

– Ensure compliance of studies and management plans with local and international standards, including Canadian Federal and Provincial regulations and International Finance Corporation’s (IFC) Performance Standards for international SIA’s.

– Research of existing databases and data collection for specific projects.

– Conduct community consultations as part of the SIA process.

– Oversee preparation of the impact assessment report and participate by drafting technical reports, analyzing project direct, indirect and cumulative impacts and drafting social management plans.

– Assist in client contact and communications pertaining to specific projects.

Job requirements:

Essential: Bilingual – French and English (spoken and written) – The candidate should be fluent in both languages.

Essential: Minimum 5 years’ experience in social impact assessment and in delivering SIA mandates compliant to IFC Standards.

Important: Ability to deal directly with clients, team members and regulatory agencies.

Important: Project management competencies (cost management, time management, client management, etc.).

Important: Ability to work both in a team and independently, with minimal supervision.

Asset: Experience on social impact assessment of projects in West Africa and abroad.

Mobility: International travel (maximum 3 weeks at a time), according to customer needs.

Additional information: EEM offers a competitive compensation package and a flexible work environment where accomplishments and contributions to the firm’s objectives are rewarded.

Start date: August 2016.

To apply: Send your resume by email to Véronique Tousignant ().

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EEM NEWSLETTER – JUNE 2016

A New Energy Policy for Quebec

environ_ghgIn April, the Quebec government released its Energy Policy 2030.  The headlines are encouraging and may significantly influence the way we live
and work. Read our short summary.

 

EEM Conducts First RSMS Audit

The reccommunity_socialassesmentent Railway Safety Management System (RSMS) Regulations

establish the minimum requirements that railway companies must adopt to help achieve the highest level of safety in their operations. With the management system in place, companies must then conduct audits of its RSMS every three years. Based on its long history of auditing and management system implementation in diverse operations, EEM was selected to conduct nation-wide audits for a major public railway company.

 

Webinar Series on Sustainability with EcoCanada

In our latest webinar with EcoCanada, EEM’s Stephanie Hamilton was joined by special guest, Milla Craig, to talk to environmental professionals about the current shift towards responsible investing and present examples of how companies are adjusting both their corporate social responsibility (CSR) strategies and their reporting.  Earlier in the year, Robert Cole, Director of Communities at EEM, gave a webinar on Social Licence to Operate – how developers can effectively engage host communities around their projects.
Follow this link to the recordings.

 

New Case Study: Due Diligence of Social Risks for a Mining Project

environ_regulatoryAn international development financing organisation hired EEM to perform a due diligence assessment of the social risks and related management approach for a greenfield mining project in West Africa in which it was contemplating a multi-million dollar investment. Read the case study.

 

New Case Study: Resettlement Policy Framework 

EEM developed a Resettlement Policy Framework for a mining project in West Africa laying out an IFC-compliant approach to managinstrategy_communicationsg physical
and economic displacement in order to safeguard affected communities and their livelihoods. Read the case study.

 

In other EEM news…

community– Paul Maclean’s comprehensive guide to auditing, first published in 2001, has been updated and re-released in softcover. The Second Edition of “Health, Safety and Environmental Management Systems Auditing”, co-written with Gene Marie Shematek and Peter Lineen can be bought here.

– Stephanie Hamilton and Mélanie Rousseau hosted a workshop at the Les Affaires Corporate Social Responsibility conference on assessing the performance of a company’s CSR strategy, while Stephanie was joined by a fellow sustainability expert, Jim Banks, at the Business Beyond Tomorrow conference for the business student bodies of McGill and Concordia Universities, to discuss how are companies taking on their corporate social responsibility.

 

Green Marine Verification Services

GM_verifier_ENGEEM is now accredited to provide verification services for the Green Marine environmental certification program. Green Marine allows maritime companies to establish and reduce their environmental
footprint.

 

Other New Case Studies

– Legal Requirements Register and Legal Tracking for a Pharmaceutical
Company (Read)

environ_regulatory– Gap Analysis of the Environmental Management System of a Diamond Exploratio
n Company to the New ISO 14001: 2015 (Read)

– Replacement of Disposable Shop Towels by Reusable Shop Towels in a Manufacturing Facility (Read)

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A New Energy Policy for Quebec

On April 7th, the Quebec government released its Energy Policy 2030. The headlines are encouraging:

– Elimination of the use of thermal coal and the reduction of petroleum product use by 40%;

– A 15% increase in the energy efficiency of the economy, noting that in 2030, Quebec is expected to use the same total amount of energy as 2015, but be more productive; and

– Availability of 25% more renewable energy, including doubling the use of biomass as a source of energy.

Note : the targets use 2013 as the baseline year

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With the subsequent announcement of a light rail transport system for greater Montreal by the Caisse de dépots, and encouraging federal action on green infrastructure funding, the transition to the low-carbon economy appears to be well and truly underway. EEM looks forward to seeing the first of the three 5‑year action plans due to be tabled before the summer and changes to regulation that the policy will likely induce. According to the policy document:

“Energy efficiency, energy substitution and behavioural change are the three linchpins of a successful energy transition. The linchpins are present, for example, when a public transit company decides simultaneously to enhance its services to reach a new clientele, replace its diesel vehicles with electric buses and support the continuous improvement of the energy performance of its new vehicles in order to consume less electricity.”

The Energy Policy 2030 claims to be able to achieve a greenhouse gas reduction for Québec of 18% relative to 1990. With 8.5% already in hand, that gives a 26.5% reduction. In order to achieve Quebec’s overall objective of a 37.5% reduction by 2030, a challenging further 10% will have to come from non-energy greenhouse gas reductions. Then there’s the further challenge of its long-term target consistent with IPCC recommendations at COP21: 80% to 95% by 2050. For some more background, clients are invited to read EEM’s issue brief on the Transition to the Low-Carbon Economy  published last January and to contact us to discuss how corporate social responsibility action could help companies operate under this new reality.

Interesting for business, the policy announces a one-stop government shop for managing the transition to the low-carbon economy (Transition énergétique Québec), including the allocation of the funds collected from Quebec’s carbon trading program (les Fonds verts) that went into effect at the start of 2015. We can expect to see more opportunities for business to apply for financial assistance for both greenhouse gas reduction and energy efficiency innovations for those stretch projects.

 

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Due Diligence of Social Risks for a Mining Project

FullSizeRenderAn international development financing organisation hired EEM to perform a due diligence assessment of the social risks and related management approach for a greenfield mining project in West Africa in which it was contemplating a multi-million dollar investment. EEM’s report identified performance gaps that could present material risks to the investment and recommended measures to address the key social risks. Read the case study.

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Resettlement Policy Framework for a Mining Project in West Africa

Consultation 1EEM developed a Resettlement Policy Framework for a mining project in West Africa laying out an IFC-compliant approach to managing physical and economic displacement in order to safeguard affected communities and their livelihoods.  The resulting Framework was approved by the international lending organizations that are financing the project. Read the case study.

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Workshop on Assessing the Performance of your CSR Strategy

EEM deScreen Shot 2016-01-25 at 10.03.25 AMlivered a half-day workshop hosted by Événements Les Affaires at their Corporate Social Responsibility conference in February 2016. The 3-hour workshop focused on assessing the performance of a company’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) strategy. Attendees were from across Quebec’s business community and included private enterprise, non-profits and even government representatives charged with accelerating the adoption of sustainable development practices by business. From the feedback received, the combination of exercises and presentations was considered successful in meeting the teaching objectives of the workshop and elicited useful contributions from the different participants. Read the case study.

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EEM Begins Auditing Railway Safety Management Systems

EEM has been retained to conduct nation-wide audits for a major railway company. The audit program is designed to fulfill the requirements of the recently adopted Railway Safety Management System Regulations, 2015 (SOR/2015-26).  

The new Regulations establish the minimum requirements for the Safety Management System that a railway company must develop and implement in order to achieve the highest level of safety in its  operations. The Regulations also require a Safety Management System audit by a third party every three years.

To complete the work, EEM refined a gap analysis methodology and developed audit checklists based on the regulatory requirements.  

For more information please contact Guillaume Carle ().

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ISO 14001:2015 Gap Analysis at a Diamond Exploration Company

The release of the new international standard ISO 14001: 2015 for environmental management systems led a diamond exploration company to hire EEM to conduct a gap analysis of their environmental management system to the new standard. Read the case study.

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Legal Tracking for a Pharmaceutical Company

PharmaceuticalsA pharmaceutical products manufacturer recently mandated EEM to create a register of legal requirements with respect to the environment and workplace health and safety.  The register is kept up to date through quarterly tracking of legislative changes. The register was designed so that it could also be used as a compliance audit checklist tailored to the client’s operations. Read the case study.

 

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