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The environment is part of the RTL's mission and a top priority at all levels of the organization.
 
The organization's main contribution to the environment is at the heart of its operations, namely the modernization and electrification of its bus fleet.
 
Always concerned about the effects of its operations on its community, the RTL has set up an Environmental Management System (EMS).
 
Furthermore, the RTL paints its vehicles with a product that was specially developed for its needs (isocyanate-free "future acrylic"). since the early 90's, the RTL also purchases and uses recycled motor oil.  
 
The RTL also prefers the use of recycled and recyclable paper for all its publications (brochures, annual reports, forms, stationery, etc.).
 
 
 

 

OUR REALIZATIONS

 

The RTL did not wait for sustainable development to be “in”. Its list of concrete realizations is impressive and certain exist for several years! 
 
In addition, since 2014, hybrid bus technology has been at the centre of the bus fleet renewal. The hybrid propulsion system regenerates the braking energy, which provides, under the same driving conditions, a substantial fuel economy of about 20% compared to a conventional propulsion bus.

 

 

USUALLY, ON ITS PREMISES

  • Upgrading and modernization of its oil system
  • Electronic monitoring system for reservoirs, storage rooms and oil separators
  • Implementation of a fluid management system to periodically monitor fluid levels
  • First issue of the annual report to the Ministère du Développement durable, de l’Environnement et des Parcs du Québec on the production of hazardous wastes
  • Environmental compliance audit our facilities
  • Implementation of an infrastructure to periodically characterize the wastewater produced at both operating centers
  • Purchase and installation of hydraulic presses to compress waste oil filters
  • Purchase of a proper container to store used batteries for the Saint-Hubert Centre
  • Upgrading of safety signage to current standards for hazardous materials storage rooms (used batteries, used paint and solvents)
  • Periodic inspection of hazardous materials storage rooms
  • Implementation of an environmental monitoring system
  • Installation of bus shelter benches made with recycled materials
  • Hiring of specialized contractors with the required permits and certificates to transport and eliminate waste material
  • Implementation of a paper and cardboard recycling program
  • Implementation of a program to recycle batteries, tires and printer cartridges
  • Replacement of all underground tanks with aboveground tanks at the Longueuil centre
 
 
 

 

VEHICLE MAINTENANCE

 
 
 

 

THE 3 PILLARS OF SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

 
Economic progress

Described as the financial performance and the capacity to contribute to the community’s economic development.
Social justice
 
Taking into account the social consequences of the business’ activities with respect to its employees, its suppliers, its clients, its local communities and society in general.
Protection of the environment

Described as the compatibility between a business’ social activity and the preservation of biodiversity and ecosystems.It means a complete analysis of the business’ impact on its social development and its products in terms of flow, consumptions of resources, production of wastes and pollutant emissions.
 
 
 
 

 

RTL’S 7 SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT PRINCIPLES

 
Mobilization and implication
 
The mobilization and the implication of its personnel and its representatives are essential to implement sustainable development.
 
Some examples:
  • Steps taken to mobilize its personnel
  • Steps taken to reinforce the notion of imputability
  • Innovative initiatives in work relations
Development

Steps taken must contribute to the social and economic development of the Longueuil agglomeration while respecting the environment.

Some examples :
  • Completing projects according to the strategic plan in place
  • Involved in the territory’s development, road network and road traffic
  • Improvement of the quality and the comfort of public transit services
  • Improvement of information tools for the customers
  • Initiatives in sustainable mobility
Protection of the environment
 
To achieve sustainable development, protection of the environment must be an integral part of the activities.
 
Some examples:
  • Programs to optimize the use of resources
  • Energy saving programs
  • Alternative propulsion modes
  • Use of alternative and renewable sources of energy
  • Recovery and recycling programs
Training
 
Measures to encourage training, updating skills as well as developing human resources must be a priority in order to stimulate creativity and assure effectiveness and efficiency in the operations in order to achieve sustainable development.
 
Some examples:
  • Training programs to update skills
  • Training programs pertaining to the implementation of new technologies
  • Steps to renew the workforce
Health, safety and prevention
 
Protecting the health and safety of people are the main preoccupation with respect to sustainable development. When a risk is known, the necessary steps must be taken to prevent, to reduce and to correct the situation.
 
Some examples:
  • Programs and preventive actions in health and safety
  • Corrective actions to increase safety in the operations
Equity and accessibility
 
Sustainable development actions must be taken keeping in mind equity while assuring accessibility and equality in employment opportunities.
 
One example:
  • Implementation of the equal access program
Reaching financial sustainability

Steps taken must assure its financial sustainability.

Some examples:
  • Involved in improving the Quebec policies concerning public transit
  • Involved in improving public transit assistance programs
  • Involved in reviewing the metropolitan financial perspectives
  • Initiatives to generate savings with respect to RTL’s activities

 

 
 

 

COMMITMENT AND STEPS TAKEN

Public transit is one of the main components of sustainable development and in 2009, RTL makes this commitment its most important challenge.

These are other accomplishments :

  • All Styrofoam cups are taken out of the vending machines and each employee is invited to use his/her green cup made entirely with corn
  • All cleaning products are replaced with « certified » green products. Four concentrated products, 100% biodegradable in 14 days and producing no fumes could very well replace 50 products!
  • The RTL gets involved in the territory’s development, road network and road traffic
  • It continues to implement its services improvement plan
  • It improves its energy saving program
  • It analyzes the use of alternative propulsion modes
  • At RTL, the implementation of the OPUS card in 2008 eliminated paper tickets. Because it is rechargeable, it is sustainable!

 

 DID YOU KNOW ?

  • From 1978 to 2015 the number of cars more than doubled?
  • In Canada, 26% of the greenhouse gas emissions (GGE) come from the transportation sector
  • In urban zones, personal vehicles produce 70% of greenhouse gas emissions
However…
  • A fully loaded bus is 3 to 5 times less energy-guzzling than a car
  • RTL services save more than 77,000 metric tons of GGE on its territory
  • A public transit user generates 65% less GGE than a car driver for the same trip
  • Public transit is 2.4 times less expensive than using a car (purchase, permit, license, gas, maintenance, parking, fines, etc.)
  • On one trip, a public transit user is 12 times less likely to be in an accident than a car driver and 20 times less likely to be in a fatal accident
  • Without public transit services, there would be approximately 150 more fatal accidents in Canada and 11,000 more crashes with injuries at a cost of more than $1 billion dollars