Environmental responsibility

Managing our environmental footprint is the right thing to do for the well-being of our stakeholders, communities and long-term viability as a business.


Great-West Lifeco, our parent company, was once again recognized in 2017 as a leader in carbon management, receiving an A- ranking from the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP).

We were the highest ranked Canadian insurance company on the CDP’s annual list and among the top ten companies across Canada. This achievement reflects our commitment to reporting high quality emissions data and reducing carbon emissions across our operations.

In 2017, we strengthened this commitment by establishing long-term greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction targets for our Canadian properties. Throughout the year, our property and asset management teams worked collaboratively toward these goals, implementing realistic and economically feasible projects to reduce our carbon footprint, such as building equipment retrofits, data centre optimizations and operational enhancements.

For more, see our 2018 Public Accountability StatementOpens in a new window.

Infographic 1 shows GHG energy intensity declining from 5 in 2013 to 4.1 in 2016; Infographic 2 shows energy intensity declining from 36 in 2013 to 32 in 2016; infographic 3 shows water consumption decline from 159 in 2013 to 142 in 2016; infographic 4 shows landfill waste declining from 811 in 2013 to 482 in 2016.

Infographic 1 shows overall portfolio reduction of 13.6%; infographic 2 shows office portfolio reduction of 15.5%; infographic 3 shows multi-residential portfolio reduction of 8.8%.


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