The environment is part of the RTL's mission and a top priority at all levels of the organization.
The organization's main contribution to the environment is at the heart of its operations, namely the modernization and electrification of its bus fleet.
Always concerned about the effects of its operations on its community, the RTL has set up an Environmental Management System (EMS).
Furthermore, the RTL paints its vehicles with a product that was specially developed for its needs (isocyanate-free "future acrylic"). since the early 90's, the RTL also purchases and uses recycled motor oil.
The RTL also prefers the use of recycled and recyclable paper for all its publications (brochures, annual reports, forms, stationery, etc.).
USUALLY, ON ITS PREMISES
- Upgrading and modernization of its oil system
- Electronic monitoring system for reservoirs, storage rooms and oil separators
- Implementation of a fluid management system to periodically monitor fluid levels
- First issue of the annual report to the Ministère du Développement durable, de l’Environnement et des Parcs du Québec on the production of hazardous wastes
- Environmental compliance audit our facilities
- Implementation of an infrastructure to periodically characterize the wastewater produced at both operating centers
- Purchase and installation of hydraulic presses to compress waste oil filters
- Purchase of a proper container to store used batteries for the Saint-Hubert Centre
- Upgrading of safety signage to current standards for hazardous materials storage rooms (used batteries, used paint and solvents)
- Periodic inspection of hazardous materials storage rooms
- Implementation of an environmental monitoring system
- Installation of bus shelter benches made with recycled materials
- Hiring of specialized contractors with the required permits and certificates to transport and eliminate waste material
- Implementation of a paper and cardboard recycling program
- Implementation of a program to recycle batteries, tires and printer cartridges
- Replacement of all underground tanks with aboveground tanks at the Longueuil centre
- All buses are painted with an isocyanate-free paint specially developed for the RTL
- Installation of new mufflers on articulated buses reducing the noise level from 75 to 69 decibels
- Installation of a spill-proof system on bus tanks and on refuelling stations
- In fact, for the same power developed, the chosen engines weigh about 365 kg less
- Being lighter, new engines consume less energy
- Use of asbestos-free brake linings
- In 1996, introduction of new low-floor buses equipped with more fuel-efficient engines
THE 3 PILLARS OF SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
Described as the financial performance and the capacity to contribute to the community’s economic development.
Protection of the environment
Described as the compatibility between a business’ social activity and the preservation of biodiversity and ecosystems.It means a complete analysis of the business’ impact on its social development and its products in terms of flow, consumptions of resources, production of wastes and pollutant emissions.
RTL’S 7 SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT PRINCIPLES
Mobilization and implication
- Steps taken to mobilize its personnel
- Steps taken to reinforce the notion of imputability
- Innovative initiatives in work relations
Steps taken must contribute to the social and economic development of the Longueuil agglomeration while respecting the environment.
- Completing projects according to the strategic plan in place
- Involved in the territory’s development, road network and road traffic
- Improvement of the quality and the comfort of public transit services
- Improvement of information tools for the customers
- Initiatives in sustainable mobility
Protection of the environment
- Programs to optimize the use of resources
- Energy saving programs
- Alternative propulsion modes
- Use of alternative and renewable sources of energy
- Recovery and recycling programs
- Training programs to update skills
- Training programs pertaining to the implementation of new technologies
- Steps to renew the workforce
Health, safety and prevention
- Programs and preventive actions in health and safety
- Corrective actions to increase safety in the operations
Equity and accessibility
- Implementation of the equal access program
Reaching financial sustainability
Steps taken must assure its financial sustainability.
- Involved in improving the Quebec policies concerning public transit
- Involved in improving public transit assistance programs
- Involved in reviewing the metropolitan financial perspectives
- Initiatives to generate savings with respect to RTL’s activities
COMMITMENT AND STEPS TAKEN
Public transit is one of the main components of sustainable development and in 2009, RTL makes this commitment its most important challenge.
These are other accomplishments :
- All Styrofoam cups are taken out of the vending machines and each employee is invited to use his/her green cup made entirely with corn
- All cleaning products are replaced with « certified » green products. Four concentrated products, 100% biodegradable in 14 days and producing no fumes could very well replace 50 products!
- The RTL gets involved in the territory’s development, road network and road traffic
- It continues to implement its services improvement plan
- It improves its energy saving program
- It analyzes the use of alternative propulsion modes
- At RTL, the implementation of the OPUS card in 2008 eliminated paper tickets. Because it is rechargeable, it is sustainable!
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