SAINT JOHN, New Brunswick (June 12, 2018) – The Canadian Electricity Association (CEA) announced today that Saint John Energy has achieved the Sustainable Electricity Company™ designation for its commitment to sustainable business practices. Saint John Energy is the first company to earn this designation in eastern Canada.
“This designation sends a clear, visible message that Saint John Energy is part of the clean energy solution as demonstrated by its commitment to responsible environmental, social and economic practices, and to the principles of sustainable development.,” said the Honourable Sergio Marchi, President and CEO of CEA. “This commitment will ensure lasting benefits for the company and to the communities that it serves. On behalf of everyone at CEA, congratulations to the Saint John Energy management team and staff on this outstanding achievement.”
The Sustainable Electricity Company™ designation was established by CEA for Canadian utilities from coast-to-coast-to-coast to further advance the integration of sustainability considerations in company decision-making processes. The designation requires utilities to conform to the internationally-recognized ISO 14001 standard on Environmental Management Systems and ISO 26000 Guidance on Social Responsibility. Together, they provide a platform for identifying and addressing key strategic sustainability risks and opportunities related to environmental, social and economic issues. In addition, companies must pass an independent external verification.
“We are both honoured and proud to receive this important designation from the Canadian Electricity Association,” said Ray Robinson, President and CEO of Saint John Energy. “I am accepting this on behalf of our dedicated employees who have worked diligently to meet the designations’ sustainability requirements, and who continue to deliver electricity in a sustainable and socially responsible manner.”
Distinct from the Sustainable Electricity Company™ designation, CEA and its Corporate Utility Members also demonstrate their commitment to sustainability through mandatory participation in CEA’s Sustainable Electricity program. The program takes a holistic approach to addressing sustainability issues, including environmental, societal, and economic challenges and opportunities. In addition to achieving the prestigious Sustainable Electricity Company™ designation, Saint John Energy continues to meet CEA’s Sustainable Electricity program requirements.