GNL Québec is determined to make the Énergie Saguenay project a new standard within its industry and to innovate, in collaboration with the community. Aware that our activities are likely to involve a risk for the Saguenay and St. Lawrence beluga population as well as for the other marine mammals found there, we are concerned to take all viable measures to minimize this risk or even to transform it into a research and development opportunity.
The Charter is supported by an envelope of $ 5 million over 5 years intended to support the implementation of concrete measures and actions to reduce the underwater noise footprint of users of the Saguenay. Its content complements the mitigation measures and commitments already made by the company in terms of navigation and aimed at supporting research.
ADVANCEMENT OF SCIENTIFIC KNOWLEDGE AND TECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATIONS
• Backed by an envelope of $ 5M over 5 years;
• Aims to support and facilitate access to the most recent innovations and technologies for users of the Saguenay Fjord in order to help reduce underwater noise;
• Transparent management by an independent GNL Quebec player concerned with determining the most effective measures;
• For example, the PGS could be used to pay for the purchase of quieter and greener engines, or to support the installation of underwater noise bubble wall systems.
ADOPTION OF BEST PRACTICES
Best Available Techniques (BAT) for the design of tankers to minimize their noise contribution.
Continuous improvement by following the evolution of scientific knowledge and collaborating in the implementation of recommendations from research programs.
Possibility of funding initiatives or measures from the community.
CONSULTATION WITH ACTORS IN THE ENVIRONMENT
• Technopole maritime du Québec (TMQ) and the MeRLIN network, one of whose working groups is examining the noise impact of maritime transport;
• The Ministry of Forests, Wildlife and Parks (MFFP) as part of its research project with the University of Quebec in Outaouais;
• Transport Canada as part of their research on reducing ship noise;
• An open innovation program allowing the sharing of intellectual properties resulting from our investments aimed at reducing or compensating for its underwater noise impacts;
• GNL Québec undertakes, if invited, to participate in any concerted initiatives on issues related to the development of industrial activities near the Saguenay Fjord or on all other subjects related thereto, and to get actively involved.