Friday, May 29th, 2009
Scott Gordon, Vancouver Brewery Energy Team Leader; Rene Holt, Vancouver Brewery Manager; Kal Sahota, BC Hydro Key Account Manager and Daniel Pelland, Molson Chief Brewing Officer
Great news for us from Vancouver this week. Yes indeed a few days ago (May 26) I had the opportunity to attend an awards dinner in Vancouver, where BC Hydro gave Molson their top award in the Power Smart program — the Power Smart Leader designation for 2009.
I felt very proud that our company was honoured with this huge award which speaks directly of Vancouver brewery achievements in saving energy, and driving environmental sustainability. It’s great to see this recognition being given to a lot of dedicated people who were diligently striving to make improvements over a number of years.
BC Hydro created the Power Smart program to provide programs and incentives to encourage customers to use less power, and Molson first got on board with the program in 2000. Starting with fairly low ratings, every year our team at the Vancouver brewery worked very hard to achieve significantly greater and greater energy savings. We continued to improve our Power Smart rating until in 2009 we won the Power Smart Leader award, as mentioned. It goes to show what persistence and commitment can do.
During the past 11 years since BC Hydro began Power Smart program, I think it’s interesting that so far only two public companies have received the Power Smart Leader award: Toyota and now Molson. By winning this award, Molson stands out as a company that cares, and shows others how it can be done–changing our thinking, operations and equipment in order to conserve energy. Not only is it good for the planet, it’s good for our business.
All the individual efforts of the employees in Vancouver are a big reason for this amazing success. Congratulations on making a difference!
Thursday, April 16th, 2009
Molson has reached its objective of encouraging at least 250 of its Montreal employees to register in Défi Climat (with one week left to go the campaign).
Défi Climat (literally The Climate Challenge) is a Montreal awareness campaign for climate change, running from March 20 to April 24, 2009. Almost 300 participating local companies and institutions are targeting their employees/students (for a total of more than 40,000 individuals) to invite them to register and commit to making practical lifestyle changes, among a list of recommended actions.
To promote the visibility of this campaign, we held a successful launch event featuring a keynote presentation by Emmanuelle Géhin, head of OZONE and one of 250 Canadians trained by former U.S. Vice-President Al Gore on climate change issues.
Watch the video to see highlights of the launch
Daniel Pelland our Chief Brewing Officer at Molson (it’s a cool title isn’t?) was also recently featured in French-language business weekly Les Affaires on the strength of the results of our Energy Conservation Program.
At Molson we are bolstering our commitment to sustainable development by focusing on increased employee awareness throughout our Brewery Energy Conservation Campaign - The Power to Make a Difference. Also, we support this commitment by readily participating in environmental initiatives such as: Défi Climat, Earth Hour (for the second year) or by organizing activities in our offices such as our second annual Energy Efficiency Week which will be held next week – from April 20 to 25, in all our breweries here in Canada and in fact for the first time this year our colleagues at Molson Coors Breweries in the United Kingdom will be organizing their own brewery energy week also next week.
We will keep you posted on those and also on our final pledge results for Défi- climat. In fact I’d like to see Defi Climat become a nationwide initiative next year, don’t you agree?