STM SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT PLAN 2025: PUBLIC TRANSIT AT THE FOREFRONT OF THE FIGHT AGAINST CLIMATE CHANGE
Arising out of the company’s Organizational Strategic Plan 2025, it is based on more than 10 years of work, during which the STM has placed sustainable development at the centre of its mission and its operations.
Montréal, February 2, 2018 – The Société de transport de Montréal (STM) today unveils its Sustainable Development Plan 2025. Arising out of the company’s Organizational Strategic Plan 2025, it is based on more than 10 years of work, during which the STM has placed sustainable development at the centre of its mission and its operations. The plan also illustrates the STM’s initiatives and positive role in facing the challenges posed by climate change.
With this plan, as well as the sustained commitment of its employees and management, the STM has the means to reach even higher in contributing to a greener, more accessible and more equitable metropolis.
Reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions
For every tonne of GHGs emitted by the STM, 20 tonnes are avoided in the Greater Montréal area, thanks to its users. Moreover, the urban density of the Montréal region is three to four times greater as a result of public transit, which reduces automobile use, congestion, distances travelled and road infrastructure needs. In total, nearly 2.3 million tonnes of GHG emissions are avoided annually.
“The Sustainable Development Plan 2025 is one of the pillars of the company’s Organizational Strategic Plan 2025. The commitments made by the STM attest to its intention to improve the customer experience while remaining a leader in sustainable development. Concrete actions, such as speeding up our electrification strategy and obtaining LEED or Envision certification for our buildings and infrastructures, will enable us to achieve our goal,” says Philippe Schnobb, Chairman of the STM Board of Directors.
The company’s commitments that will improve its environmental, social and economic performance include:
- Achieve a rate of 88.6% of trips made using electricity through the addition of AZUR trains, purchase of hybrid buses and electrification projects.
- Develop and implement a climate change adaptation plan for STM buildings and infrastructures, in particular to maintain service in adverse weather.
- Increase the percentage of the value of contracts in progress that include sustainability criteria from 74% to 85%.
- Fund $1.2 billion in projects through Québec government Green Bonds.
A key player in sustainable development
The 15th-largest company in Québec, the STM is a powerful instrument of economic and social development. Its operations sustain more than 13,500 direct and indirect jobs and over 2,200 suppliers in 13 regions. In 2016, a total of $363 million in acquisitions of goods and services was injected into the economy. The STM enables hundreds of thousands of people to travel sustainably and efficiently to their places or work or study every day. During morning rush hour, 66% of people heading downtown choose to go by bus, train or metro.