Position ourselves as a clean energy leader by developing and operating a renewable energy portfolio that offers innovative energy solutions and contributes to Canada’s clean energy transition.
- Climate Change Vulnerability & Resiliency
- GHG Emissions
Addressing the Importance of Climate Change
Recognizing the importance of climate change, Evolugen has conducted greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions inventories annually since 2017, expanding the scope of the emissions considered and improving processes year over year. In 2022, we expanded our Scope 3 emissions data collection beyond air travel, to include Category 15 for investment emissions and Category 1, 2 and 3 for construction emissions. Once again, our emissions have confirmed that Evolugen is amongst the lowest GHG emitters in the Canadian energy industry. Additionally, we are proud to offer innovative renewable energy solutions that empower partner companies to effectively curtail their own GHG emissions. In line with our vision, we are excited to announce our commitment to achieving carbon neutrality in relation to our Scope 1 and 2 emissions, encompassing our existing 2020 baseline asset portfolio. This commitment underscores our dedication to environmental sustainability and positions us at the forefront of the Canadian effort to combat climate change.
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Homes powered annuallyWe calculated the average annual electricity use per household in Canada using the National Energy Use Data base, and then divide our 2022 total generation by the average electricity use per household, to estimate the number of homes powered.
tCO2e/GWh location-based emissions intensityThe average emissions intensity reported by members from Electricity Canada is 106.0639 tCO2e/GWh Source: 2019 & 2020 Sustainable Electricity Annual Report
tCO2e/GWh market-based emissions intensityThe average emissions intensity reported by members from Electricity Canada is 106.0639 tCO2e/GWh Source: 2019 & 2020 Sustainable Electricity Annual Report
To attain carbon neutrality, Evolugen used a science-based approach to calculate our GHG emissions, consistent with the GHG Protocol, and retired Renewable Energy Certificates to neutralize our emissions from our Scope 2, grid electricity consumption. Evolugen purchased voluntary, forestry and land use verified carbon offsets that sequestered the remaining Scope 1 carbon that we produced. Familiar with where our offsets come from, we have confirmed the offsets we purchased provide additionality.
Manage water to maximize its positive impacts while limiting any negative impact on communities and the environment.
- Water Levels & Flows
Valuing Water Resources
Water is an essential resource that sustains all life on Earth by transporting nutrients vital for vegetation growth and the production of oxygen. Healthy rivers and oceans carry water to people, support healthy ecosystems and provide a myriad of leisure activities we all enjoy. In addition, water sources absorb and transfer heat and sequester carbon which regulate global temperatures, making them critical assets in mitigating climate change. To further combat the effects of climate change, Evolugen has harnessed this resource to generate renewable energy at our hydropower facilities.
In the past few years, we have seen both flood and drought conditions impact our operations and the communities in which we operate. These events have highlighted the proficiency with which we have been able to manage our assets and communicate effectively with government regulators, stakeholders and Indigenous communities to ensure public safety and minimize property damage. These events have also reinforced the benefits of continued improvement including analysis to better predict the impacts of changes in weather and climate. Such monitoring, analysis and continued improvements allow us to make informed management decisions in the short, medium and long terms.
Water management plans33 hydropower facilities operate in accordance with water management plans, permits, licenses and/or authorizations (referred to as water management plans) that regulate our actions on the rivers and tributaries in proximity to our assets.
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Incident of non-compliance associated with water quantity and/or quality permits, standards, and regulationsEvolugen aims to ensure that we operate with strict compliance with our water management plans. A planning oversight at our Valerie Falls facility resulted in a failure to sustain or increase outflows in April. There were no impacts as a result of the incident; however, we immediately implemented additional tools and procedures aimed at ensuring compliance with water resource and regulatory requirements.
Festival of Lights
Western Quebec’s Chutes Coulonge Park is a popular outdoor destination on the Coulonge River, since the inauguration of the park, it is with pleasure that Evolugen, in partnership with the Municipality, has been managing the flow of water that passes over the dam to provide the Park’s summer visitors with a breathtaking view. When the Park wanted to organize a festive winter event, Evolugen willingly joined the project to create an enchanting Festival of Lights, colourfully illuminating the waterfall at nightfall for all to enjoy.
Protecting Fish Habitat
The Lower Michipicoten River experienced reduced water flows that resulted in a side channel of the river becoming isolated from the main channel and consequently, altered fish habitat in the region. Action was promptly taken by the Operations team to temporarily increase the flow rate allowing the side channel to reconnect with the main river. As a result, the stored water in the head ponds was depleted allowing the fish rescue to occur, lessening the impact of the extreme drought conditions on the ecosystem.
Ecosystems & Biodiversity
Strive to be a leader in the protection and enhancement of natural ecosystems and biodiversity.
- Aquatic Ecosystems
- Terrestrial Ecosystems
- Invasive Species
Protecting our Natural Environment and its Habitats
We are committed to being good stewards of the environment, investing in and enhancing biodiversity through ecosystem understanding and the implementation of best management practices. In advance of project development, we assess the environment to plan for long term goals that will support sustainable use of ecosystems. We conduct fish and wildlife studies to understand baseline information to ensure we can mitigate potential impacts. During the operating phase of our projects, we undertake a variety of actions to avoid, where possible, and otherwise mitigate the impact of our facilities on ecosystems, including conducting wildlife studies and making operational adjustments during species migration or other key life stages. Our partnerships with communities, Indigenous Peoples, local agencies and environmental non-governmental organizations enhance our understanding of species and the ecosystems around our facilities.
Evolugen strives to continuously learn about our operations interaction with the environment and take every opportunity to improve our practices to benefit the environment. As well, we take pride in prioritizing health, safety and the environment above all else.
In 2022, to codify our commitment, Evolugen developed our Biodiversity Principles.Biodiversity Principles
Operational sites owned, leased, managed in, or adjacent to protected areas and areas of high biodiversityEvolugen has 21 operations sites that are either on or adjacent to protected areas such as provincial parks, conservation reserves managed by non-profit organizations, enhanced management areas and other areas of high biodiversity value, including First Nations reserves and traditional territories.
Fines and sanctions for non-compliance with environmental laws and regulationsThis year our business received no fines for non-compliance with environmental laws and regulations.
IUCN Red List and National Conservation List species with habitats in areas potentially affected by operationsWe identified a total of 25 species at risk, with different conservation statuses at the international or national level, with habitat in areas that might be affected by Evolugen’s operations. The identified species are fauna and flora species and include mammals, birds, reptiles, fish, mollusks and plants.
Working Together to Safeguard the Environment
Evolugen joined forces with The Comité du bassin versant de la rivière du Lièvre (COBALI), the Municipality of Bowman, Papineau Regional Municipality (MRC Papineau), as well as botanical experts in a multi-year project to preserve biodiversity in the area of our High Falls Dam in Quebec. Financed in part by Evolugen, the project has two main focuses, encompassing both aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems in Rouge Lake and Creek, on land impounded in 1929.
Studying our Impact: Partnering in Wildlife Research
We partnered with the Algoma Highlands Conservancy (AHC) in their study exploring how human activities and landscape disturbances, including our own operations, impact wildlife, focusing on wolves. We have committed funding from 2021 to 2023 for this research initiative in addition to in-kind volunteer hours and access to our Prince Wind Farm in Ontario to conduct non-invasive wildlife monitoring for this study. We have provided additional funds to purchase trail cameras to support the Kensington Conservancy and the Garden River First Nation to participate in citizen science monitoring of the wolves.