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CONTENTS ISSUE 02/17

Welcome to the latest North American edition of Sustainable Business Magazine. Sustainable Business Magazine aims to spread awareness of the values of sustainability, as well as the brilliant ways in which organizations continue to meet challenges and champion corporate social responsibility. For our latest edition we spoke to Naveen Gupta, CEO of ISD Bahamas, about embracing challenges, training employees, and a focus on community projects. Courtenay Mark, Assistant General Manager for Engineering at the Trinidad and Tobago Electricity Commission (T&TEC), spoke to us about combined-cycle power, regulations for renewables, and smart tech. We once again spoke to Richard Goddard, Renewable Energy Officer at Barbados National Oil Company Limited (BNOCL), who updated us on expanding renewables, involving homeowners in solar PV, and combating climate change. Marcus Steele, Managing Director of Carreras Limited, spoke to us about the responsibility of being the only name in Jamaican tobacco. This edition marks the return of our ‘Solar Leadership’ series in partnership with the Canadian Solar Industries Association (CanSIA). The ‘Solar Leadership’ series celebrates how CanSIA members are producing and delivering clean and reliable renewable energy. Each installment is prefaced by a foreword from CanSIA President and CEO John A. Gorman, and for this installment we spoke to Andrew Moles, Manager of Renewable Energy at PCL Construction, about solar moving west, battery storage, collaboration, and the vital role of DFMA (design for manufacture and assembly). Our ‘Canadian Bioeconomy’ series in partnership with Renewable Industries Canada (RICanada), formerly the Canadian Renewable Fuels Association (CRFA), features detailed profiles of RICanada members, showcasing how their efforts are contributing to a more environmentally and economically sustainable future. Each installment is prefaced by a foreword from RICanada, and this installment features IGPC Ethanol. Jim Grey, CEO of IGPC Ethanol, spoke to us about expanding biofuel production, carbon capture, and delivering value to shareholders and society. Details of upcoming sustainability events can be found on our events calendar. For more information on Sustainable Business Magazine, or to view our previous editions, please visit www.sustainablebusinessmagazine.net

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Island Site Development Bahamas (ISD)

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Trinidad & Tobago Electricity Commission (T&TEC)

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Barbados National Oil Company Limited (BNOCL)

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Carreras Limited

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Canadian Solar Industries Association (CanSIA)

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PCL Construction

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Renewable Industries Canada (RICanada)

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IGPC Ethanol Inc

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Global Events

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We hope that you find this issue both interesting and inspiring. Thank you for reading. The Sustainable Business Magazine Team

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ISD BAHAMAS ARAWAK PORT DEVELOPMENT.

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ENGINEERING

PARADISE Sustainable Business Magazine speaks to Naveen Gupta, CEO of ISD Bahamas, about embracing challenges, training employees, and a focus on community projects.

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ISD BAHAMAS ALBANY MARINA.

ISD Bahamas is a Bahamian-owned and operated civil engineering company based in Nassau. The company was created in 2008, when Bahamas Marine Construction (BMC) became involved in site development at the Albany resort community. BMC formed a joint venture initially called BMC Underground Services to work on upland development. As the new venture took on further projects and found new investors, they formed a separate company called Island Site Development (ISD) Bahamas. ISD TRANSPORT OF PIPES.

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has since worked on the golf course, the marina, the water park, prefabricated buildings, and all the utilities at Albany, in addition to many other projects in the Bahamas. RENEWAL AND IMPROVEMENT Recently, ISD completed a major renovation project on the fifty-year-old bridge connecting Paradise Island to New Providence. “There’s a large hotel on Paradise Island, and a lot of high-end homes,” explains Naveen Gupta, CEO of ISD Bahamas. “Because of

the lifespan of the bridge, the government was considering building a whole new bridge. Upon further analysis it was decided that refurbishing the bridge using high-end, reliable products was the best route. We (ISD) knew it would be a challenging project for a Bahamian company, and most of the other bidders were foreign firms or were working in joint ventures with U.S.-based companies. However, we put together a great bid, and won the contract, and used Sika products to renovate the bridge.” LJM MARITIME ACADEMY.


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A small family business established in 1925 by founder and master craftsman, James Mosko, has grown to include multiple companies dealing in bulk materials, building supplies, general and specialized construction, marinas, rental properties, real estate, a tourist attraction, a hotel and more. In the 1940’s George Mosko took over the company and over the past 60+ years he has grown it into one of the largest construction/development groups in The Bahamas. His sons, Jim, John and Milton took over the management of the group a few years ago and are now developing it even further, having developed or been involved with the most notable projects on the country. Today this family leads some of the largest, most capable and experienced building and construction companies in The Bahamas. Having grown with The Bahamas, the group has demonstrated its capability and capacity to overcome any obstacle. Mosko Group has grown over the past 85 years into the industry leader, managing a diverse portfolio of real estate and construction-related businesses.

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ISD BAHAMAS Sika AG, based in Switzerland, produces corrosion-resistant premixed concrete, which was essential to ISD’s bridge renovation. “We used 90% Sika materials for the project,” says Mr. Gupta. “In addition to concrete, they produce a lot of additives which we also used. It was a live bridge, so we didn’t close it for a single day throughout the entire year. The project as a whole is in the running to be featured by the American Concrete Institute.” Other projects have involved utility works, and projects for the Inter-American Development Bank. “Recently, The Bahamas’ local power company’s underground 33kV line had reached the end of its service life and installation of a new line was required. We were contracted for this project and completed the works successfully,” says Mr. Gupta. “This kind of job would normally take around 120 days to finish, and typically a company from the U.S. or the U.K. would be called upon to undertake it. We took the challenge to finish it in 45 days, and we succeeded in this. We’re also able to do projects for the Inter-American Development Bank, which is unusual for a local company, as most don’t qualify.” REDEVELOPING FOR THE FUTURE One Inter-American Development Bank-funded project ISD worked on was the Big Pond Park Development. “The site has been used for years as an illegal dump,” says Mr. Gupta. “We were

contracted by the Ministry of Works and Urban Development to redevelop that site to be an environmentally-friendly park. The whole area, including a large pond, has been cleaned and revitalized. Now it’s a beautiful place for the community with walking trails, a picnic shelter, a playground, and a Community Center.” The College of the Bahamas recently became the new University of the Bahamas. “In order for them to qualify for that, they needed to do some land development and provide a formal, well defined entrance to the university,” says Mr. Gupta. “We were able to work on that as well. We’re in a position to take on more challenging pro-

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ISD BAHAMAS a good accounting system, and we have very competent people on each project. If you have a good project manager and a good superintendent on the project, your project will be efficient.”

her, trained her on the project, and now she’s running civil projects throughout the Bahamas. There’s great people here so long as you invest in them. In the same way, during the bridge renovation, we had a lot of Bahamian employees certified to be applicators for Sika products. We believe these investments in our staff give us a competitive advantage.”

ISD has its own safety and environmental policies. “We make sure our supervisors have first aid training, and a lot of them also have CPR training, so that in the event an incident occurs, they can carry out preliminary care before an ambulance arrives. We even have OSHA certified personnel on staff.” says Mr Gupta. “In terms of efficiency, we have

COMMUNITY PILLARS ISD invests in several community development projects, particularly involving children. “We believe in the youth of this country,” says Mr. Gupta. “The Bahamas has a bit of a crime issue, and we believe the way to eliminate that is by educating young people. So we fund students going to college, and we sponsor students every year. Every summer, we have internships for school and college students. Last year we also funded two basketball courts for a community center which focuses on keeping kids safe, particularly if they have family issues.” The company’s involvement with community sports dates back to one of their first projects, the National Sports Complex Redevelopment. “It’s the Bahamas’ national stadium,” says Mr. Gupta. “We did heavy earthworks, utilities, and landscaping. It’s used for the community and for the kids, as well as international events.”

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were going to go into electrical, and then into high-end homes. Over the last two years, we’ve been developing our design-build services, and we’ve had several of those types of projects. Last year, we actually took over Bahamas Marine Construction completely. So the same company we branched out from is now fully part of ISD.” “At the moment, we’re entering into public-private partnership projects,” says Mr. Gupta. “Currently we’re working with Royal Caribbean on a design-build basis to redevelop their islands, and we’re work-

ing with another resort developer in the Exumas, where we may do a PPP project on the water plant and sewer plant. We’re also working with Cable Bahamas; they have a new company here which will be doing cellphone service all around the Bahamas, and they’re putting up new towers. We’re working on a design-build basis with them as well. In all this, we have the same targets as ever. We want to sustain the business, enter into different markets, and train local employees so we can execute projects which previously only international companies have been able to do.” c

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TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO ELECTRICITY COMMISSION

TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO ELECTRICITY COMMISSION (T&TEC) IS RESPONSIBLE FOR SUPPLYING ENERGY AT ONE OF THE LOWEST RATES IN THE WORLD.

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ENGINEERED EFFICIENCY Sustainable Business Magazine speaks to Courtenay Mark, Assistant General Manager for Engineering at the Trinidad and Tobago Electricity Commission, about combined-cycle power, regulations for renewables, and smart tech.

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T&TEC HAS ALSO BEEN DEVELOPING REGULATIONS TO ALLOW FOR RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES TO CONNECT TO THE NATIONAL GRID.

As the sole retailer of electricity for the twin-island nation of Trinidad and Tobago, the Trinidad and Tobago Electricity Commission (T&TEC) is responsible for supplying energy at one of the lowest rates in the world. 470,000 Trinidadians can purchase COURTENAY MARK, ASSISTANT GENERAL MANAGER FOR ENGINEERING AT T&TEC.

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electricity from the national grid at a cost of 6 U.S. cents per kWh, compared to 30 U.S. cents in many other Caribbean countries. The low cost of energy contributes to a business-friendly environment which has helped Trinidad and Tobago

achieve the third-highest GDP per capita in the Americas, after the United States and Canada. To supply energy at such a low rate, T&TEC has to keep its own costs low, which makes energy efficiency a necessity.


plant in the capital city,” explains Courtenay Mark, Assistant General Manager for Engineering at T&TEC. “That plant was burning gas at a thermal efficiency of about 25%. To replace that, we’ve increased the power we are taking from our most efficient power station, the combined-cycle plant run by Trinidad Generation Unlimited in La Brea. When we last spoke, we were taking 225MW from that plant; today we are using over 500MW of combined-cycle power, which is much more efficient. This plant burns gas at a thermal efficiency in excess of 45%. That increase means we use much less gas to produce the same amount of power, saving just under 20 million standard cubic feet of gas per day. As

a consequence, we’ve been able to reduce our carbon emissions in a big way.” In addition to the efficiency benefits to T&TEC, the switch to the newer com-

In 2015, when Sustainable Business Magazine last spoke to T&TEC, the company had recently invested in a large-scale project to install pole-mounted capacitors, reducing losses and optimizing the delivery of power to their customers. (See Sustainable Business Magazine issue 7/15 for the full feature.) Since then, T&TEC has gone even further in its efforts to reduce wasted energy, fully decommissioning its least efficient power plant and greatly expanding the use of a gas-fired combined-cycle plant. COMBINED-CYCLE On January 15, 2016, the Port-of-Spain power station, run by energy provider PowerGen, was decommissioned. “It was a very old SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS MAGAZINE

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TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO ELECTRICITY COMMISSION bined-cycle plant has improved reliability. “The Port-of-Spain plant was our least reliable power station,” says Mr. Mark. “As a result of this change, we have seen our number of machine trips per year have been cut by about half, which means our customers are getting a more reliable supply of electricity.” T&TEC has also significantly expanded its high transmission voltage capacity, further improving the reliability of the network. “It was eight years ago we first introduced 220kV transmission voltage,” says Mr. Mark. “At that time, it only consisted of two lines and two Power Transformers connecting the power station to the grid. But since then, we have interconnected a new 220kV substation with 2 more power transformers. That brings more bulk power to be distributed into T&TEC’s 132kV network, supporting the National Grid.” LIGHTING THE WAY To further improve efficiency, T&TEC has also tightened up its spinning reserve policy. “That’s the amount of generation that you have running to meet the demand in case you lose a machine,” says Mr. Mark.

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high-pressure sodium system, and if feedback from customers is positive we hope to scale that up.” RENEWABLE LEADER T&TEC has also been developing regulations to allow for renewable energy sources to connect to the national grid. “A national energy policy has been developed and accepted, and Trinidad has signed on to a number of internatinal conventions, including the Paris Convention,” says Mr. Mark. “The country is committed to reducing our carbon footprint. T&TEC utilizes approximately 8% of Trinidad’s natural gas usage, which includes exports in the form of LNG. As natural gas is a cleaner-burning fuel, we’ve been able to reduce the country’s carbon emissions already. We are also investing in some studies to evaluate suitable areas for renewables development.” The company recently concluded a small wind measurement study on the

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island of Tobago, for the future development of a wind farm. “We installed two sets of anemometers, and we were able to register wind speeds of five meters per second,” says Mr. Mark. “Though we were hoping to get wind speeds of seven meters per second, and though we will be investigating other locations where we may find those speeds, for the time being, we intend to request proposals where we invite proven industry experts to give us quotations to develop small wind farms. We are also speaking with the authorities to estimate whether land in and around certain free areas could be used to establish some small solar farms, representing about 5MW of power for a start.” T&TEC also contributes its expertise to social development programs. “We support national and cultural festivals, as well as a lot of community development projects,” says Mr. Mark. “We’re particularly involved in street lighting projects,

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lighting parks, playgrounds, and other public spaces.” SMARTER, STRONGER T&TEC’s planned next step is to deepen the use of information and communication technology in its service delivery. “We’ve invested a lot of time researching smart grid applications,” says Mr. Mark. “This is the use of intelligent electronic devices to respond to changing needs on the system in an efficient and smart way, so the least amount of energy will be consumed. It includes things like demand response applications. If the system was to be short

of generation, rather than load shedding large sections of the grid, we could focus on things like water heaters, air conditioning systems, and processes or activities which have a certain amount of thermal latency. This would allow us to avoid affecting critical processes. We’re also looking at developing our customer service, our outage management, and our call center dispatch capabilities. We’re now starting a pilot project to use a certain amount of automation to respond to customer calls regarding outages.” Regardless of these investments in automation, T&TEC’s greatest pride

remains its employees. “One of our biggest achievements is that our employees display a very high degree of pride in the organization,” says Mr. Mark. “They’re all knowledgeable, and they’re able to inform and help many people find out about us and about their electricity in general. Our employees act as ambassadors of a kind for the company, and there is no shortage of people wanting to join us. We’re very proud of not just contributing to national development but also building a company which can attract these quality people, and earn their pride.” c SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS MAGAZINE

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Barbados National Oil Company Limited (BNOCL) is a Barbadian energy company. Though historically BNOCL operated in the oil and gas sector, over the past decade they have turned increasingly towards renewable energy. Three-quarters owned by the Barbados Government and one-quarter owned by the National Petroleum Corporation of Barbados (NPC), BNOCL was founded in 1983 and began its path towards renewables following the global financial crisis when the

Renewable Energy Department was created in 2010. At present, the company produces approximately 1000 barrels of crude oil per day and operates a 150-kilowatt solar photovoltaic (PV) array. Since the last time Sustainable Business Magazine spoke with BNOCL in 2016 (see issue 02/16 for the full feature), a number of important changes have occurred within the company. “As a group of companies, we also have a sister company that comes

under BNOCL called Barbados National Terminal Ltd.,” explains Richard Goddard, Renewable Energy Officer at BNOCL. “This company is actually in the process of being sold. That was on track last year but now it’s getting closer to the sale being completed. The other thing that has happened is we have been given a mandate to merge BNOCL with the NPC. They are the body in charge of the distribution of natural gas throughout the island. That is also on track

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to be completed sometime in 2017. We expect that merger to bring about numerous synergies.” IN-HOUSE CAPACITY These two major changes reflect progression in BNOCL’s ongoing push to build in-house capacity for renewables. A longstanding objective of the Renewable Energy Department is for it to grow sufficiently that

it will eventually stand equal to BNOCL’s oil and gas operations. “It’s about remodeling ourselves as an energy company rather than an oil and gas company,” says Mr. Goddard. “BNOCL has experienced a steady decline in oil production for many years which continued throughout 2016 and the beginning of 2017. As a result, the strength of solar, and to a lesser extent wind, is gathering. We are now energy providers, solution

providers, for our clients. The new entity is expected to have a much larger role for renewable energy.” BNOCL are currently expanding their existing PV array from 150kw up to 275kw. “This project began at the end of 2016 and is currently underway,” says Mr. Goddard. “The 125kw expansion will lay the groundwork for future growth made possible by recent changes in national legislation, which

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BARBADOS NATIONAL OIL COMPANY will increase the value of their homes going forward, is something they are interested in and we think we might be in a position to facilitate. We’re still working out full deals of the product, but we believe the market is there.” Biogas is another area BNOCL is now beginning to look at. “We’re particularly looking at working with local cane and animal farmers to convert the waste products from their agriculture into biogas, which could be consumed privately or publicly,” says Mr. Goddard. “This means they could be aided in converting it themselves for use on their farms, or else we could redirect the biogas into our own natural gas infrastructure for use by our domestic and industrial customers across the country. We’re currently setting up a pilot project.”

lifted a 150kw cap on solar generation to 500kw. The entirety of our current capacity is installed on the roof of our main facility in Woodbourne.” The company is also looking at opportunities to grow their community solar, installed on the rooftops of schools and industrial estates, with between two and five megawatts planned over the course of 2017.

CONSUMER BENEFITS BNOCL is also looking at micro-scale solar arrays for individual homeowners. “We believe this will become increasingly important over the coming years as the price of oil continues to increase,” says Mr. Goddard. “Having a renewable energy solution to help buffer against this, which people will own and which

WIND POWER Two important projects for the Renewable Energy Department are the conversion of old BNOCL pumping stations into wind turbines, and working with the community of Oistins to provide solar power. “We still provide the Oistins community with maintenance and other services for their solar power,” says Mr. Goddard. “Conversion

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of old pumping stations into wind turbines has been slow going, but we’ve applied for land use permission from the Town & Country Planning Department, and we recently put up an anemometer to gather data. The application for wind requires that we have data for a year to go along with the submission for wind turbines. We haven’t decided yet exactly what scale we are going to use for the wind turbines. Whereas in the past we were looking at maybe 850kw for a wind turbine, we may be able to go higher given the changes in technology, different methods of transporting the components,

and new forms of installation. Hopefully by the close of this year we will at least have had the tenders out and have responses so installation may occur in 2018.” MITIGATE AND MANAGE Over the coming five years, BNOCL will continue shoring up their renewable energy commitments while casting a wide net to pick up on other possible alternatives for diversification. “As a low-lying island country, Barbadians are aware that we will suffer the effects of climate change before and more harshly than many other nations,” says Mr.

Goddard. “We believe BNOCL can play an important part in building a brighter, more positive future for all citizens.” “The renewable industry in Barbados is growing and we are happy about that,” says Mr. Goddard. “Small island economies will be affected more than many others so it is incumbent on us to be thoughtful and do the things we can do. At the very least it will be an example to industrialized nations on the effects of polluting industrialization. That recognition should continue to play a part in helping us mitigate and manage the effects of climate change.” c

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AS THE INDUSTRY LEADER IN JAMAICA, THERE IS A LOT OF PRESSURE ON CARRERAS TO LEAD THE WAY WITH A RESPONSIBLE AND SOCIALLY CONSCIOUSNESS APPROACH.

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THE NATION Sustainable Business Magazine speaks to Marcus Steele, Managing Director of Carreras Limited, about the responsibility of being the only name in Jamaican tobacco.

Carreras Limited is a high profile and well-respected name in Jamaica, having held the position of best performing company on the country’s stock exchange for the past seven years in a row. Since its establishment in 1963, as one of the first manufacturing companies in the newly independent Jamaica, it has been producing and selling cigarettes and other tobacco products across the country. Its success meant that by 1974 Carreras had decided to expand its portfolio into a range of other businesses including tobacco farming, biscuits, graphic arts, and even the San Souci Hotel. Twenty years later, however, it decided to shift focus back onto Carreras’ core product – tobacco. Beginning in 1994 it started divesting all non-tobacco business, a process that was completed in 2005 with the sale of the San Souci Hotel. During this time British American Tobacco (BAT), who bought out former Carreras owners Rothmans International in 1999, acquired a 50.4% stake in Carreras and remain the majority stakeholder. Part of BAT’s streamlining strategy for the Caribbean included rolling back manufacturing to just one factory. The plant in Trinidad, being the most advanced in the region, took on sole responsibility for manufacturing. Today, Carreras – like other tobacco companies across the Caribbean – import all of its tobacco products from Trinidad. This means its activity is focused solely on the sale, distribution, and marketing of cigarettes within Jamaica, a wise move

judging by its consistently high performance on the Jamaican Stock Exchange. The Carreras identity has strong resonance throughout Jamaica and its brands comprise 99% of the local market, hugely overshadowing even the strongest rivals. It also plays a major part in the national economy, with taxes levied on its products bringing in 2.1% of the Jamaican government’s total revenue. Its most famous brands are Craven A and Matterhorn. CONTROVERSY AND RESPONSIBILITY Carreras is aware that its product is a controversial one but is open about it and undertake actions to manage its role within society. A big part of this is ensuring its campaigns comply not just with legal standards, but voluntary regulations as well. Marcus Steele, Managing Director of Carreras, talks about this in greater depth: “Our promotions, for example, comply to a database of collected information that validate people’s age. Customers have to provide ID and have to be an adult to enter our zones. Plus, when we are sending out our communications, we also have a database against which we validate so that we know who we are talking to.” “Long before implementation of local tobacco control regulations, which were passed in 2013, Carreras had already voluntarily decided to do a few things. We no longer do ‘above the line’, not because it is law but because we had chosen not to SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS MAGAZINE

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do it. We’re talking about TV and radio advertising. This is because it was very hard to control the time when young people would be listening or watching; we may have used time slots such as 9pm, but at that time you could still have young people listening or watching. Our marketing principles meant we did not take the risk.” Carreras have four marketing principles that all of its public activities have to meet before they can be approved in-house. These are: One, that marketing will not mislead about the risk of smoking; two, to only market to pre-existing adult smokers; three, it will not attempt to influence the consumer’s decisions about whether to smoke or

how much to smoke; and four, to always be clear that Carreras advertising originates from a tobacco company. These are drawn from BAT’s voluntarily adopted International Marketing Principles and adherence to them has meant Carreras withdrawing from social investments it had previously undertaken including sporting events and primary and secondary school projects. It also develops this passive approach with an active youth smoking prevention program that uses many of the same techniques mentioned by Mr. Steele to work with retailers in identifying and preventing sale of cigarettes to underage youths.

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As the industry leader in Jamaica, there is a lot of pressure on Carreras to lead the way with a responsible and socially consciousness approach to an often controversial product but the company believes it is doing an excellent job. It also takes pride in their huge contribution to the nation-building of Jamaica. HELPING HANDS Despite not being able to connect with certain sectors, Carreras remain keen to provide not only economic stimulus to Jamaica but to work with other socially positive initiatives as well. The company works with the relevant authorities in the fight against illicit trade.


Because these products are often a source of income for organized crime, fighting it plays an important role in the safety of Jamaica. In the past, Carreras has worked with Food for the Poor to provide housing to people in Jamaica that cannot afford to buy a home. “The great thing about this is that members of Carreras’ staff participated in building the homes,” says Mr. Steele. “We had a team of our staff members going out to the two locations in Jamaica and helping to build the houses, then handing the keys over to the new residents. We got some very good media coverage on it because it was such a kind and noble gesture and it was great to see people who otherwise could not have owned a home, could not have lived anywhere, able now to do so with help from our company.” One important recent change to Carreras’ business strategy which has had a huge positive social impact relates to the route its products take to market. Following consultations with communities where its products are sold, the company decided to take up a bike delivery initiative in 2016. Previously its products had been delivered to retailers exclusively using vans. “We have decided to deliver those cigarettes using bikes in the communities,” states Mr. Steele. “We started to hire people from these communities, people who otherwise would have been unemployed. Carreras hired them, taught them how to ride a bike, and then trained them to be sales people. You can imagine the chaos when we started because it is the first time these men and women have worked in a corporate structure. But you know what? It was very inspirational and aspirational for them because they are now employed and working, able to make an honest living and take care of their families and kids. We did this across Jamaica and are seeing the ben-

efits. The passion and drive coming through from these people, it’s fantastic.” INNOVATIONS IN EXPERIENCE “Right now we have what we call Craven A Special in the market,” says Mr. Steele when talking about where the company is right now and where they may move towards in the future. “Craven A Special is a variation of the core brand that has reconstituted tobacco for its wraps. It is not tobacco paper. We are always trying to give a different smoking experience to our consumers. There was also a recent innovation in our Matterhorn brand where we brought the innovation of additional menthol. It has a capsule that you can press for more menthol if you need it.” “For the future within BAT we have access to a wide variety of innovations. This year for example we are going to come out with another innovation in Matterhorn and another one in Craven A, again to continue to give our consumers the innovations available to get a new experience. On the brand

side as well we are going to look at ‘roll your own’ to be able to compete in the low price sector. When we came out of tobacco locally, the local tobacco farmers didn’t stop growing tobacco: They continued and developed their own ‘roll your own’ market that we don’t have a presence in. However that is coming in stream this year as well.” To support these marketing innovations Carreras will continue to invest in its employees, providing international opportunities for them to gain new knowledge and fostering the family environment that already exists within the company. It is also endeavoring to continue its reign at the top of the Jamaican Stock Exchange, where it has gained a reputation as the King of Dividends. “It is very high pressure to maintain number one but we will continue to do that,” Mr. Steele concludes. “That’s what we are known for. The passion, the drive, the attitude of the people here is our best asset and we want to continue building it. That is our plan for the future.” c

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CANADIAN SOLAR INDUSTRIES ASSOCIATION SOLAR PARK OWNED BY CAPSTONE INFRASTRUCTURE CORPORATION AND DESIGNED, BUILT AND OPERATED BY SUNPOWER, BOTH CANSIA MEMBERS.

CANSIA PROUDLY REPRESENTS MANUFACTURERS, INSTALLERS, PROJECT DEVELOPERS, BUILDERS, ARCHITECTS, ENGINEERS, CONSULTANTS, AND A VARIETY OF OTHER COMPANIES AND STAKEHOLDERS WHO WANT TO SEE SOLAR ENERGY GROW IN CANADA.

LEADERSHIP A foreword by John A. Gorman, President and CEO of the Canadian Solar Industries Association (CanSIA).

On behalf of the members of the Canadian Solar Industries Association (CanSIA), I am pleased to offer this foreword to the “Solar Leadership” series in Sustainable Business Magazine. The sun provides an inexhaustible supply of clean fuel to power our homes and our economy. Solar energy is positioned to play a key role in our transition to carbon-free lives and a carbon-free economy.

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The goal of our Association is to build a Canadian solar energy industry which is strong, efficient, ethical, and professional, with capacity to provide innovative solar energy solutions and to play a major role in the global transition to a sustainable, clean-energy future. CanSIA proudly represents manufacturers, installers, project developers, builders, architects, engineers, consultants, and a variety of other companies and stakeholders who want to see solar energy grow in Canada. Canada has become one of the leading markets for solar PV globally and represented one of the top 10 countries in 2014 and 2015, with an average of 675 MW installed in those years. Our national cumulative installed capacity will soon surpass 3 GW. More than ever before, CanSIA’s members are poised to solidify solar electricity as a mainstream energy source and secure solar as an integral part of Canada’s diversified electricity mix. Ontario has been the leading solar market in Canada for many years. More than

99% of the country’s almost 3 GW of solar is located in the province due to the Green Energy and Economy Act (GEEA), which sought to counter the potentially devastating implications of the global financial crisis of 2008. The GEEA gave rise to the province’s feed-in tariff programs, which for a number of years made the province one of the hottest solar markets in the world. The Canadian solar market is entering a new phase as Ontario considers whether to increase, maintain, or decrease the scale and pace of solar deployment in the coming years, however CanSIA believes that updated net metering regulations and new climate change incentives will ensure that Ontario has a viable, sustainable, and growing solar market. Furthermore, new policies and programs at the federal level and in Western Canada are expected to create new opportunities and turn the solar market into a truly national market. Solar uptake has doubled in Alberta since 2015, bolstered by initiatives like the


Alberta Municipal Solar Program and the On-Farm Solar PV Program. Over the next five years, the Residential and Commercial Solar Program will build on these existing programs. Homeowners, businesses and non-profit organizations will receive rebates for rooftop solar panels as early as this summer under the Alberta government’s $36-million rebate program for solar installation on residential and commercial buildings. Although Canada’s federal government has largely been absent on climate change and renewable energy for the past decade, our current Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, has garnered global attention for his progressive social and environmental views and his popularity among young people. His government has committed to 90% non-emitting electricity sector by 2030, to powering federal government operations and buildings with 100% renewable electricity by 2025, and has announced billions of dollars in funding programs to make the electricity supply cleaner and smarter. Capital costs for solar have declined by 65% over the last 6 years, to where solar + storage technology is getting cheaper than anyone ever imagined. The value of solar + storage is exactly what electricity systems of the future need (i.e. empowered consumers and a clean, cost effective solution that enhances the predictability, reliability, flexibili-

ty, and resilience of the electricity grid) with none of the unwelcome and costly social, health, and environmental externalities. Combined innovations in solar applications like Tesla’s Solar Roof and in storage, like Elon Musk’s Powerwall energy storage system designed to connect to a home solar installation, will revolutionize our energy system and make every home energy independent. The solar world has been anticipating this day, and is abuzz with the possibilities. Solar + storage is the key to making solar dispatchable as it circumvents the energy source’s main difficulty, that the energy it generates is only available when the sun is shining. As we learn to adapt to a carbon-constrained future, growing load on the

electricity system with plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs), a new model of energy consumption is emerging. Getting that energy from renewable sources like solar is a primary objective. Solar’s unique nature as a distributed source of energy means that it can empower Canadians to reduce their carbon footprints not only with respect to their electricity use, but also by enabling carbon reductions in buildings, industry, and transportation. As we hope to demonstrate in this series, the solar industries sector recognizes the importance of clean fuels to Canadians. We encourage you to read more about CanSIA and the work of the solar industry at www.cansia.ca, or contact me with your questions or comments at jgorman@cansia.ca. c INVERTER ASSEMBLY LINE OF CANSIA MEMBER, FRONIUS.

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PCL EXPANDS SOLAR OFFERINGS ACROSS THE ENTIRE COMPANY, RANGING FROM CANADA TO THE UNITED STATES TO THE CARIBBEAN.

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COAST TO COAST Sustainable Business Magazine speaks to Andrew Moles, Manager of Renewable Energy at PCL Construction, about solar moving west, battery storage, collaboration, and the vital role of DFMA (design for manufacture and assembly). “We’ve built two 50 megawatt AC projects in the last year,” says Andrew Moles, Manager of Renewable Energy at PCL Construction. “The solar knowledge and expertise we gained in Ontario is being transferred to expand our market reach throughout Canada, the United States, and the Caribbean. We’re using our Agile man36 | SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS MAGAZINE

ufacturing facilities to manufacture components for projects offsite. And we’ve fully automated our quality control process.” It has been a busy couple of years for the Renewable Energy Division at PCL Construction. In 2015, the last time Sustainable Business Magazine spoke to the team, Ontario’s Feed-In-Tariff (FIT)

program was just winding down, and PCL were beginning to look for opportunities in renewables further afield. Today, those seeds have borne fruit. PCL, Canada’s largest construction contractor, is now focused on international portfolios of renewable projects, extending beyond solar into battery storage and wind.


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In fact, PCL’s expertise in building for a low-carbon economy was recently applauded by the Canadian Construction Association who presented the company with their 2016 Environmental Achievement Award in recognition of building the Jim Pattison Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Technologies and Renewable Energy. Built for Okanagan College as a tool to educate the construction professionals of tomorrow on how to deliver next

generation net zero energy buildings; the LEED® Platinum facility was designed to Living Building Challenge standards, and is currently being evaluated under the world’s most rigorous, proven performance standard for buildings, including net zero energy and water consumption. BATTERY POWERED One of PCL’s current Ontario projects consists of two battery energy storage buildings constructed for Deltro Group. “The buildings have a current capacity of 6.9 MWh each, with a planned capacity of 9.2 MWh each,” says Mr. Moles. “They were built as modules in our PCL Agile manufacturing facility. The project was the largest modular BASIN 1& 2.

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deployment of its kind in Southern Ontario, and it’s also one of the largest energy storage systems. There’s no specific code requirement in place in Ontario for battery energy storage projects, so we were one of the first to complete this kind of project in the province, and specifically the GTA. We worked closely with Toronto Hydro and the Electrical Safety Authority to get them comfortable with what we were doing and to help them develop what the requirements

will be for this type of project moving forward.” Once this project is completed, PCL is scheduled to work on four further battery storage projects with Toronto Hydro and Deltro Group, totaling about three times the size of the current buildings’ capacity. Many of the components for this project were manufactured at Agile, PCL’s offsite manufacturing facility. PCL is one of the very few solar design-builders to possess DFMA (design for manufacture and assembly)

capabilities, which has substantial efficiency benefits for the company and its clients. “Terry Olynyk and I were both involved in the start-up of our Renewable Energy Division years ago,” says Mr. Moles. “Today, Terry is leading PCL Agile, which offers DFMA solutions for all of our projects. The solutions that PCL Agile brings to the table are remarkable, and the possibilities for our clients are endless. We collaborate to manufacture components like pre-wired combiner WINDSOR.

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PCL IS A GROUP OF INDEPENDENT CONSTRUCTION COMPANIES THAT CARRIES OUT WORK ACROSS CANADA, THE UNITED STATES, THE CARIBBEAN, AND IN AUSTRALIA, SUPPORTED BY A STRATEGIC PRESENCE IN 31 MAJOR CENTRES.

boxes, MV stations, E-houses, battery storage buildings, racking foundation piles, O&M buildings, and much more.” EACH ONE TEACH ONE After their success in the solar industry in Ontario, PCL are expanding solar offerings across the entire company, ranging from Canada, to the United States, to the Caribbean. “To be successful in this, we have to ensure the solar experience we’ve gained here is transferring to the other districts,” explains Mr. Moles. “To do that, we have what we call the ‘each one teach one’ philosophy, where we run all of the engineering through our centre of excellence, but when it comes to

project estimating and execution, we share experienced staff with the other regions to allow for flawless knowledge-transfer. This approach leads to a seamless transition of work in different geographical regions.” In March, PCL was awarded their first combined solar and battery storage solution project in the City of Summerside, Prince Edward Island for Samsung Renewable Energy. “Our local partners and their local experience have helped us understand the different landscapes,” says Mr. Moles. “As a result, to date the challenges of dealing with the different regulatory authorities have been minimal. We do however adapt the way we work to suit the different environ-

ments. Before we start estimating a project, we build up a detailed work plan, which changes as geotechnical conditions and geographical locations change. When we’re looking at jobs in Florida, for example, you have a very high water table and no frost. As a result, your approach to site work, trenching and piling is completely different than when you’re working in Ontario or Alberta or Saskatchewan. Also, scheduling the right time of year to work and the right time of day to work changes as well. In some of the warmer climates, you have to schedule your work to start at 5 in the morning and end at 1 or 2 p.m., because it just gets too hot to work later in the day.” In colder SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS MAGAZINE

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climates, avoiding certain activities in the winter can result in significant cost savings. LOCAL APPROACH PCL has a history of working closely with local communities to complete their projects. “An example of our typical approach is the Windsor Solar Project, which we completed last year,” says Mr. Moles. “This was 50 MW of AC on land owned by the Windsor Airport. All of our rentals, aggregate, concrete

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supply, and regular supplies came from local companies. Then the labor we used on the site was predominantly local workers, supplemented by people with solar experience. We held an open house at the beginning of the job with representatives of the subcontractors and the unions present, where people were able to come in and learn what job opportunities were available on the project, to hand in their resumes, and have interviews on the spot. We ended up with about 140

workers from Windsor, not counting the outskirts of Windsor and the nearby towns. That’s generally our approach to working in any location. We want to make sure that the money that’s being spent in the community to build the projects actually ends up in the hands of the local businesses and the local people.” The company always ensures they solicit feedback from the communities where projects are being established. “We make sure


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have become our trademark. Our supervisors never stop improving: continually challenging the routines to come up with more effective and efficient means of work. Our main asset is our people. People at Eldest are client serviceoriented, with an outward vision directed at meeting all client needs and exceeding expectations. We believe in maximizing productivity and practice prudent administration. The spirit of cooperation our staff engenders, as well as their managerial and technical expertise, their estimation skills and project management capabilities, ensure the best possible final product for the customers.

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the neighbors around the project all know our superintendent by name and our superintendent knows them all by name,” says Mr. Moles. “If they have any concerns, we make sure we have that relationship where they can pick up the phone, call us, talk about it, and if there’s anything major going on we can give them a heads up so they understand what’s happening. We want to be good citizens in the community, and we

want to leave them thinking: ‘Wow, they were very professional, and they really cared about making sure we were comfortable through the entire construction process.’” VALUED RELATIONSHIPS “We’ve built over 470MW of solar,” says Mr. Moles. “A lot of that work has been repeat business from clients. We’re very proud of our ability to complete challenging projects

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while maintaining collaborative relationships with our clients, consultants, and subcontractors based on honesty and integrity. It’s very important to us that at the end of every job our partners, subcontractors, consultants, and clients are walking away saying: ‘That was a good job’, or if it’s a challenging job, we’re all walking away saying: ‘You know what? We were all treated fairly.’ We’re also very proud of our success overcoming

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ILLUMINATION.

winter challenges for construction. A lot of our competitors don’t understand the challenges we have in the winter when you work north of the border. There have been a lot of issues in the industry with frost heave, and a lot of those are based on the design or the install quality. That’s something we’ve managed to overcome in all our projects.”

“Our big plans right now are expanding our solar capacity across Canada, the US, and the Caribbean,” says Mr. Moles. “We have a special focus on Western Canada, where we’re expanding in the wind market, as well as solar and energy storage. And we continue to utilize the capabilities of our manufacturing facilities to increase offsite WINDSOR.

manufacturing. The benefit of clients and consultants adopting this agile mindset is integral to the growth of the industry.” c For more information please contact Mr Andrew Moles, Manager of Renewable Energy at PCL: P. 780-733-5000 M: 416.275.5557 • E: amoles@pcl.com BEAMLIGHT.

BROCKVILLE.

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RENEWABLE INDUSTRIES CANADA GREENFIELD GLOBAL.

CANADA’S PATH FORWARD

TO CLEAN GROWTH IN THE TRANSPORTATION SECTOR A foreword to the ‘Canadian Bioeconomy’ series from Renewable Industries Canada.

Renewable Industries Canada (RICanada), founded in 1984 as the Canadian Renewable Fuels Association, is the foremost stakeholder representing Canada’s biofuels industry. Its members are bioeconomy leaders, producing low-carbon fuels and embracing cutting-edge technologies to improve

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production, reduce their carbon footprint, and create new high-value by-products. Clean-burning biofuels such as ethanol and biodiesel are proven to deliver a range of health, environmental, and economic benefits. They reduce pollution and smog and have helped turn the

corner in the fight against climate change by significantly reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the transportation sector – in some cases by as much as 99% compared to traditional fossil fuels. They have also generated billions of dollars in economic benefits and thousands of jobs in local communities. Today, renewable fuels are an established and integral part of Canada’s energy market. But with government’s growing interest and need for low-carbon fuels and products, this is just the beginning of what a resource and talent rich country such as Canada is capable of.


GREENFIELD GLOBAL.

GREENFIELD GLOBAL.

ONCE IMPLEMENTED IN 2010, CANADA’S FEDERAL ETHANOL MANDATE HAD AN IMMEDIATE EFFECT, REDUCING TRANSPORTATION SECTOR GHG EMISSIONS.

ECONOMIC IMPACT, AND GROWTH Canada’s renewable fuels sector generates $3.5 billion worth of annual economic activity, and has created over 14,000 jobs since 2007 – and there is more investment on the way thanks to RICanada members: • IGPC Ethanol Inc. is embarking on an ambitious expansion project, doubling capacity, which will make its ethanol plant one of the largest in Canada. It is the first ethanol plant in the world to implement Fiber Separation Technology that increases ethanol yield from corn and creates two new distillers grain products. • BIOX Corp. recently purchased, and is now upgrading, a shuttered biodiesel facility in Sombra, Ontario. • GreenField Global, Canada’s largest ethanol producer, is supplying excess biogenic

CO2, and in the near future will be supplying waste heat generated from its Chatham facility to Truly Green Farms, a low-carbon greenhouse operation located adjacent to the ethanol plant, and is also working on a process to upgrade distillers’ corn oil (a co-product of ethanol production) into biodiesel and/or industrial lubricants. Canada’s domestic biofuels industry will continue to undergo substantial growth moving forward as additional government policies, designed to secure further GHG emission reductions, come into place at the provincial and federal levels. VOLUMETRIC REQUIREMENTS AND COMPLEMENTARY POLICIES Biofuels have been proven to be the most effective mechanism to reduce transportation

sector GHG emissions. Current volumetric requirements for 5% ethanol in gasoline and 2% biodiesel in diesel fuel deliver reductions of 4.2 megatons in GHG emissions every year. This is the environmental GHG equivalent to removing one million vehicles from Canada’s roads. In fact, it was only following the introduction of volumetric requirements that we witnessed a ‘bending of the curve’ as GHG emissions began to grow at a slower rate than gasoline sales. All levels of government in Canada are contemplating how to achieve new GHG reductions as part of the fight against climate change. It is critical that new policy measures, like carbon pricing and clean fuel standards, are complemented by known and reliable GHG reductions policies. For the transportation section, that includes expanding national volumetric requirements to 10% ethanol and 5% biodiesel, an action which would present an immediate opportunity to reduce GHG emissions by an additional 4.5 megatons per year. Available here and now, the use of biofuels requires no new expenditures by consumers, nor any modifications in consumer behaviour. The success of volumetric requirements is unequivocal. For this reason, new policies such as the Clean Fuel Standard under development by the Government of Canada should be implemented in concert with expanded volumetric requirements. We hope you enjoy reading the ‘Canadian Bioeconomy’ series in Sustainable Business Magazine. The series features detailed profiles of RICanada members and showcases how their efforts are contributing to a more environmentally and economically sustainable future. c SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS MAGAZINE

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IGPC ETHANOL INC

“WE CONTINUALLY WORK WITH SUPPLIERS TO TRIAL NEW PRODUCTS, MAKING SURE WE ARE NOT BEING LEFT BEHIND ON THE INNOVATION CURVE.”

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CORN

POWER Sustainable Business Magazine speaks to Jim Grey, CEO of IGPC Ethanol Inc., about expanding biofuel production, carbon capture, and delivering value to shareholders and society. IGPC Ethanol Inc. is an Ontario-based producer of fuel-grade ethanol and distillers’ grains. The company was founded in 2007 by Integrated Grain Processors Co-operative Inc., one of Ontario’s largest agribusiness co-operatives, who sought to take advantage of newly-emerging government programs to stimulate the rural economy while offering value to Ontario’s agricultural pro-

duction. Over a five-year period prior to the opening of the IGPC Ethanol Inc. facility, the co-operative was able to gather investment from more than 900 local farmers and access over $14 million in government funding, raising a total of $58 million in equity to construct a processing facility in the southwest Ontario town of Aylmer. The 40-million-gallon plant began ethanol production in the

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IGPC ETHANOL INC

fall of 2008, just as the ethanol fuel industry was taking off in Canada. Sustainable Business Magazine last spoke with IGPC Ethanol Inc. in 2015, shortly after the installation of ICM Technology’s Fiber Separation TechnologyTM and other technological advances which helped increase their ethanol production by 10%. (See Sustainable Business Magazine issue 5/15 for the full feature.) Since then, the plant’s capacity has been dramatically expanded, increasing their annual processing

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capacity to 50 million gallons. IGPC Ethanol Inc. have also installed a 3.3MW steam turbine and an internal combustion engine resulting in the majority of the facility’s electricity needs being met onsite - resulting in less dependency on the grid and lower energy costs. TIME FOR GROWTH Today, IGPC Ethanol Inc. is concentrating on two major new developments to the facility: An expansion that will double annual pro-

duction capacity to 100 million gallons and 340,000 metric tonnes of distillers’ grains, and a carbon dioxide capture facility being developed in partnership with Air Liquide. “If we just look generally at the market today in Canada, and at Ontario specifically, we are still a net importer of ethanol from the USA,” says Jim Grey, CEO of IGPC Ethanol Inc. “The market demands in the province mean there is certainly an opportunity for us to displace American products coming into Ontario. Beyond that, I am also Chair of the


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IGPC ETHANOL INC

“IGPC ETHANOL INC. IS DEDICATED TO MAKING SURE THAT WE CONTINUE TO INVEST AND GROW AND DIVERSIFY THE BUSINESS.”

Board of Directors for Renewable Industries Canada, which is the association that advocates on behalf of renewable fuel in the country. I am very deeply involved both here in the province but also with the federal government in Ottawa.” “The two have launched parallel consultations with industry to create a low carbon fuel standard, otherwise known as the Clean Fuel Standard,” explains Mr. Grey. “Of course, ethanol will be an important part

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of that movement to reach climate change targets. Nationally, Canada has targeted a 30-megaton reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector in order to meet their obligations under the Paris Accord. Ethanol can and will play a big role in helping Canada beat those targets, and our two new developments will be an important part of helping us help the country. It will be very busy for us over the next 18 to 24 months.”

DOMESTIC PROVIDER IGPC’s partnership with Air Liquide also comes out of federal attempts to combat greenhouse gas emissions. The CO2 which will be captured by the new facility is CO2 emitted during the fermentation process crucial to producing ethanol; this is the same gas sequestered by the corn plant during its lifetime. This effectively negates the bulk of the plant’s CO2 emissions, and also turns them into a revenue stream through resale


to other industries such as carbonated soft drinks or food processing. This new source of income will continue to support IGPC Ethanol Inc’s. commitment to provide excellent returns to their shareholders. This figure during the past few years has been an average 10% yield for IGPC Ethanol Inc. 750 shareholders. Many of these shareholders are local farmers or are affiliated with the farming sector of Ontario. Combine this with the value-added service that IGPC Ethanol Inc. already provides – all corn used at the plant is sourced exclusively from farms in Ontario – and the group can proudly boast that their work has played an important part in strengthening the local community. Ontario has seen a poor corn crop this year which in past years would have meant potentially disastrous results for local growers. Canadian requirements on distillers’ grains quality meant much of the final product wasn’t in a position to be sold domestically. However, IGPC Ethanol’s global reach has meant that, for the first time, they have had the opportunity to sell internationally, to countries such as Vietnam where standards are different. Discussions have even begun with possible partners in China. This, too, shows the benefits reaped by local member and shareholders. AHEAD OF THE CURVE Partnership with Air Liquide highlights one of the key factors in IGPC Ethanol’s success. “We have a team of engineers and chemists who monitor the plant and monitor advancements in technology as well,” says Mr. Grey. “This was how we came to use the Fiber Separation TechnologyTM,

for example, which has not only increased capacity and allowed us to diversify our co-product streams, but has also reduced the aggregate per gallon of corn required to produce ethanol. We continually work with suppliers to trial new products, making sure we are not being left behind on the innovation curve. IGPC Ethanol Inc. is involved with a number of associations dedicated to monitoring technologies that are being created, whether it be in universities we’ve partnered with or by entrepreneurs that are developing new technologies.” “The ethanol industry as a whole in this country will benefit from new carbon fuel standards because our ethanol tends to have

a lower carbon intensity number than ethanol coming up from the USA,” says Mr. Grey. “All of these issues are converging to make the market look very attractive for the ethanol industry, meaning ethanol is going to play a vital role in the country’s efforts to meet our climate change targets. Meanwhile, we are fairly focused on executing our project here successfully but we also can’t let our eye off the ball with respect to other changes that are happening around us, whether they be from a policy and legislative perspective or whether they be from advancements in technology. IGPC Ethanol Inc. is dedicated to making sure that we continue to invest and grow and diversify the business.” c

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GLOBAL EVENTS

JULY

2017 1st - 2nd

3rd - 5th

11th - 13th

2017 Corporate Sustainability Management Conference Chicago, IL, USA

The International Conference on Sustainable Development 2017 Canada Ontario, Canada www.ontariointernational.org/icsdconference

20th - 24th

This conference will offer insights that will help you improve your company’s performance internally as well as having better control of your sustainability data at both ends of the supply chain. The International Conference on Sustainable Development 2017 Canada consists of the following themes: Development, Economics, Environment and Natural Resources, Food and Agriculture, Governance, Health, Information and communication, Science and technology, Social policy, and Gender equality. Attracting thousands of chemical professionals, the meeting provides excellent opportunities for sharing your passion for chemistry, connecting with the world’s largest scientific society, and advancing your career in this ever-changing global economy.

ICCE2017: 6th International Conference & Exhibition on Clean Energy Toronto, ON, Canada

Providing a platform for researchers and scientists to share their research work while the participants from industry can promote their products. An opportunity for universities and institutes to interact with their colleagues.

www.icce2017.iaemm.com

SEPT

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Intersolar North America San Francisco, CA, USA www.intersolar.us

254th American Chemical Society National Meeting and Expo Washington, DC, USA www.acs.org

21st - 23rd

International Conference on Water, Informatics, Sustainability, & Environment. iWISE2017 will integrate research, technology, and expertise in fields of water, informatics, sustainability, and the environment.

www.sciencetarget.com/iwise2017

www.corporatesustainabilitymanagement.naem.org

9th - 10th

iWISE2017 Ottawa, ON, Canada

Intersolar North America is North America’s most attended solar event and premier networking platform. The event’s exhibition and conference both focus on the areas of photovoltaics, PV production technologies, smart renewable energy, and solar thermal technologies.

AUG

2017

12th - 13th

Oil Sands Trade Show & Conference Fort McMurray, AB, Canada

Oil Sands Trade Show & Conference has been the business gateway to the oil sands community. The topics for 2017 are: Greater resilience and operating efficiencies, energy efficiency, new maintenance regimes, tracking, and efficiency analysis.

18th - 21st

VERGE 2017 Conference Santa Clara, CA, USA

VERGE is a global event series that focuses on the technologies and systems that accelerate sustainability solutions across sectors in a climate-constrained world. Focusing transformative but practical, scalable, solutions-oriented exchanges through seven program tracks: Grid 2.0, Next-Gen Buildings, Smart Cities, Food & Ag Tech, Sustainable Water Systems, Connected Transportation, and Intelligent Supply Chains. Participants come from a broad range of sectors and job functions, including buildings, energy, and sustainability.

www.greenbiz.com/events


ADVERTISERS INDEX A Anixter Inc. Armitage Techonolgy Group Inc. AVEM Water Ltd. B Black Ink Marketing & Event Solutions Ltd. Bram’s Contracting Ltd.

P09 P51 P12

Inside Front P20

C C.O. Williams Construction Ltd. P25 CIPG P52 D D. Hill Shipping Services Ltd. Davis Fuels Dean’s Shipping Co. Ltd. Deltro Group Ltd. Desjardins Landscaping Inc. E Eldest International Ltd. Engineering and Technical Services Enman Group F Flochem Ltd.

P25 P51 P13 P38 P43

P43 P10 P19

P51

G Guardsman Group Ltd.

P32

H Hydraulic Components Ltd.

P19

I Insurance Management Bahamas Ltd. P10 J J.S. Steel & Supply Wholesale Steel Distribution

P05

K KA Factor Group

P43

L Lock Safe and Vault Ltd.

P32

M Magna International Massy Trading Mosko Group Ltd.

P44 P25 P07

N Nextran Corporation New Fortress Energy North America Construction Ltd.

P28 P25 P51

Q Quality Star Auto Service Ltd.

P06

R Ragbir & Deonarine Construction Co. Ltd.

P18

S Saybolt Trinidad & Tobago Ltd. Skyhigh Canada Inc. Sol Petroleum Babados Ltd. Sol Petroleum Bahamas Ltd. SDV Energy and Infrastructure, S.L.

P25 P44 P26 P06 P18

T The Bahamas Telecommunications Company Ltd. Tradewind Tankers Trinidad Contractors Ltd. Tycoon Management Ltd.

P11 P24 P19 P10

W William Johnson Construction Ltd. World Electric Supply

P43 P06

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