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Sustainability


Aecon is proud of the critical role we play while embracing our responsibility in building a sustainable future. Our commitment to sustainability goes beyond the safe and sustainable infrastructure projects that we construct, and includes our people, our environment, our communities and our governance.


2019 Sustainability Report Highlights 

Harnessing Climate-
Change Opportunities

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Assessing Scope 1, 2 and 3 GHG
emissions
and climate-related
risks and opportunities

Commitment to
Renewable Energy

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318,000 kW hours of solar
energy produced, eliminating
34.1 metric tonnes of CO2

Supporting our
Communities

Supporting Communities

Over $1.1 million donated
to charities and non-profit
organizations in 2019

Award-Winning
Safety Record

Safety First

Consistently recognized with
leading industry safety awards

COVID-19
Pandemic Resilience

Together we are stronger

Rigorous health and safety
assurance process
that meets
or exceeds relevant guidance

Diversity & Inclusion
in Action

Diversity and Inclusion

Innovative programs that
champion our efforts to build
diverse & inclusive workplaces

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Sustainability is about more than what we build it’s about how we build it. We’re proud to deliver our projects with an unwavering commitment to safety, human rights, diversity and inclusion, social responsibility, environmental stewardship and strong corporate governance to ensure that we operate ethically and transparently.
Jean-Louis Servranckx, President & CEO
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At the heart of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – a global, urgent call to action. SDGs provide a framework for measuring environmental, social and governance impacts. Aecon has elected to focus on five SDGs that most closely align to our business and where we can make an impact.

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Gender Equality

Aecon has committed to continuously invest in the development of women in our workforce and in outreach programs aimed at proactively advancing the participation of girls and young women in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) careers and educational settings.
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Affordable and Clean Energy

Aecon plays an important role in accelerating the transition to sustainable energy systems by participating in the construction of renewable and zero ∕ low emissions energy projects.
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Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

One of Aecon’s key portfolio offerings is building airport, bridge and maritime infrastructure in areas where the demand for local, regional or international transportation services has exceeded the capacity or expansion capability necessary to accommodate current traffic.
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Sustainable Cities and Communities

Aecon aspires to help make cities inclusive, safe and resilient by building sustainable transit systems that contribute to regenerating and modernizing the areas they serve.
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Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

As Aecon’s international project portfolio grows, we vigilantly uphold our Code of Ethics and Business Conduct and our Supplier Code of Conduct and support our commitment to the highest ethical and business standards in our industry.

Our Projects

We are building light rail transit systems that take cars off roads, geothermal and district energy systems that reduce the burden on legacy power systems, zero-emissions power plants that produce reliable energy and many more projects to facilitate a connected and sustainable future. 

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L.F. Wade International Airport Redevelopment

St.George's, Bermuda

Aecon is working with the Canadian Commercial Corporation and the government and people of Bermuda to develop, finance, operate and maintain Bermuda’s new world-class International Airport.

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Enwave District Energy Project

Toronto, Ontario

Aecon has over 20 years of experience building district energy, geoexchange and solar projects across Canada and has developed strong alliance partnerships with renewable energy utility providers.

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Geoexchange

Toronto, Ontario

Aecon Utilities has recently moved into the commercial geoexchange industry – an energy efficient and environmentally friendly alternative to traditional oil-gas or coal-fired heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system based on basic heat transfer principles.

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Waste and Circular Economy Innovation

Calgary, Alberta

In 2019, Aecon established a permanent asphalt plant near Calgary, Alberta at a site that is within an industrial park that includes an innovative storm water management system.

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Safety at
Aecon

 

Safety First is an important part of our day-to-day business and our #1 core value. From the CEO to each front-line employee, the responsibility for ensuring that every Aecon worker gets home safely to his or her family every day is a responsibility equally shared among all our employees.

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Bridge - Rick Radell

Our Environment

 

Climate change is one of the great challenges of our generation. Aecon has a role to play in the transition to a lower-carbon economy, and we’ve begun the process of assessing our GHG emissions and our climate related risks and opportunities. 

The strategic objectives of Aecon’s ESG framework include Pollution Prevention, Disclosure and Climate Change Adaptation. Aecon is committed to tracking environmental incident data and analyzing it to identify areas of improvement. We are also focused on monitoring a broader inventory of our GHG emissions for future reporting and analyzing the climate change related risks to establish a baseline and set future targets.

Our Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions in 2019

Climate change is one of the great challenges of our generation. As a responsible company, we have a role to play in the transition to a lower-carbon economy. In 2019, we began the process of assessing our Scope 1, 2 and 3 GHG emissions and our climate-related risks and opportunities.

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The Canadian Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act sets a 50,000 tCO2e as the threshold at which a facility is required to comply with the Output-Based Pricing System Regulations. In 2019, Aecon assessed Scope 1, 2, and 3 well below the threshold.

Our Communities

 

We have long prioritized our communities by encouraging engagement, contributing to ongoing economic development and promoting community safety. Together, with members of our communities, we are working to create positive change.

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Jean-Louis Servranckx wearing personal protective equipment

Aecon is proud to support our communities throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. We are focused on supporting charities in three key areas – Youth, Food Security and Community Outreach.

Our Community Partners

 


For sponsorship inquiries, please contact
corpaffairs@aecon.com

Advancing Human Rights

We believe that strong sustainability performance is intrinsically linked with respect for human rights. We acknowledge, respect and, through our Human Rights Policy, commit to conduct our business in a manner that respects the rights and dignity of all people.

Our strategies and operations are aligned with our commitment to the following three pillars:

The duty to protect
human rights

 

The corporate responsibility to respect human rights

 

Access to remedy for victims of business-related abuses

Forming Relationships with Indigenous Communities

Across Canada, Aecon has established strong relationships with many Indigenous communities. Coast-to-coast, our project teams are proud to integrate Indigenous workers and create meaningful relationships with communities local to our projects. Aecon is proud to be a part of several thriving Indigenous joint ventures across Canada, built on a foundation of trust, respect and understanding.

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Peace River Bridge

Our Governance & Ethics

 

We are committed to maintaining high standards of governance that contribute to economic growth and development.

The following charts set out the Board and Senior Management members who are directly responsible for Aecon’s decision making and performance related to climate change and sustainability (our Sustainability Team).

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Corporate Stability Management

Risk Committee

The Risk Committee of the Board oversees Aecon’s enterprise risk management process, which includes climate change related risks and opportunities. All members of the Risk Committee have significant sustainability experience.

Reporting Standards and Guidance

Aecon generally supports and aligns with the principles and recommendations of the Financial Stability Board’s Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosure (TCFD), the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB), Canada’s Expert Panel on Sustainable Finance (Expert Panel) and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Feedback

Aecon welcomes all feedback and innovative ideas on our sustainability initiatives and progress. Send us a message at sustainability@aecon.com.

Contact our Sustainability Team

Yonni Fushman

Yonni Fushman 
EVP, Chief Legal Officer & Chief Sustainability Officer
(416) 297-2617
sustainability@aecon.com

Prabh Banga

Prabh Banga 
Director, Sustainability
(416) 639-7402
sustainability@aecon.com