• Hydro's Transmission and Rural Operations Division met all the requirements for ISO 14001 certification in 2003. All Hydro's Environmental Management Systems (EMS) are now registered. This is a significant accomplishment for all employees and reflects our commitment to responsible environmental management.
  • As part of its continuing commitment to the environment, and in support of our EMS, the development at Granite Canal included the construction of a 45,000 m2 - Fish Habitat Compensation Facility. This facility provides spawning and rearing habitat for landlocked salmon and brook trout, and includes a number of innovative features in its construction and design.
  • Hydro invested over $1.5 million at its Holyrood Thermal Generating Station in Continuous Emissions Monitoring equipment and upgraded Ambient Air Monitoring Systems. These investments will allow the plant to address environmental and efficiency concerns in a more effective and timely manner.
  • Hydro completed 13 Phase I Environmental Site Assessments (ESA) on properties we own and operate as part of a long term plan ESA Program.
  • Combined increases in hydraulic generation and energy purchases, offset by some modest increase in Island system sales, resulted in an 18 per cent reduction in production from Holyrood to 2,061 GWh. This resulted in a reduction of No. 6 fuel oil consumption to 3,074,000 barrels. The total emission of carbon dioxide (CO2), sulphur dioxide (SO2), and nitrogen oxide (NOX) therefore decreased in 2003.
  • The rate of particulate emissions at high load has improved dramatically over the past 10 years from 62.5 to 14.6 grams per second. A decrease was also evident in 2003. Hydro has achieved these improvements as a result of technological improvements in fuel burners, increasing operating efficiencies, and optimizing the use of the plant for the electrical needs on the Island Interconnected System.
  • Hydro partnered with several organizations last year including Conservation Corp of Newfoundland and Labrador, Newfoundland and Labrador Construction Safety Association (NLCSA), Climate Change Education Centre (CCEC), Hydro-Quebec, and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans to pursue environmental programs.

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