Commitment Charter

FROM THE PRECAUTIONARY PRINCIPLE TO ADAPTIVE MANAGEMENT

HIGHLIGHTS

Vision and context

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.

A quantified and concrete commitment

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.

 

A 4 PILLARS APPROACH


THE CHARTER IS BASED ON 4 PILLARS INSPIRED BY THE 4 STRATEGIC AXES CONTAINED IN THE PROPOSED 2019 ACTION PLAN OF THE GOVERNMENT OF CANADA TO REDUCE NOISE AROUND BELUGA.

1  Advancement of scientific knowledge and technological innovations
2  Adoption best practices
3  Awareness
4  Consultation with community players

 

1  ADVANCEMENT OF SCIENTIFIC KNOWLEDGE AND TECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATIONS

Objectives: Support scientific research and the development of innovations aiming at the advancement of knowledge and the identification of solutions allowing to reconcile the development of navigation in the Saguenay fjord, as well as their use by the users of the seaway in order to reduce underwater noise in the Saguenay and the St. Lawrence.

Sound gain program (PGS)

• 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.

 

2  ADOPTION OF BEST PRACTICES

Research and development and innovation in order to validate the latest accessible technologies to reduce underwater noise from navigation required by our activities.

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.

 

3  AWARENESS-RAISING

Continuous awareness of our employees, suppliers and business partners on the importance of promoting and adopting best practices with regard to navigation on the Saguenay.

Possibility of funding initiatives or measures from the community.

 

4  CONSULTATION WITH ACTORS IN THE ENVIRONMENT

Objectives: Develop and support a collaborative approach with the various actors and stakeholders in order to improve scientific knowledge concerning the recovery and protection of marine mammals, in particular with partners such as:

• 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.