350 Cascades Employees Choose to Drive Electric
Five years ago, Cascades announced that its employees would be able to use electric vehicles through a new and unique programme. The company is giving the programme a good review because 350 employees have chosen to drive electric cars since the start of the programme. Employees and other organisations that were inspired by this programme continue to be very interested in it.
The programme consists of progressively deploying charging stations on sites and offering financial assistance of up to $2,000 when purchasing or leasing a new or used plug-in vehicle, in hopes of removing barriers to acquiring an electric vehicle.
To date, 117 Level 2 (240V) charging stations have been installed throughout sites in Quebec and Ontario. Additionally, a Level 3 (400V) fast charging station has been installed at Kingsey Falls head office for the community; the first free fast charging station installed on a private site.
"True to its values and concerned about reducing its environmental footprint, Cascades is proud to have given life to an employee's suggestion to deploy a programme helping employees go electric and thus reducing the company's indirect emissions. This initiative is in addition to the many other actions taken by the company to achieve aggressive GHG reductions aligned and approved by the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi)," said Mario Plourde, President and Chief Executive Officer of Cascades.
In a few weeks, the deployment will be finished at other Canadian sites in Manitoba and British Columbia. It will then move on to American sites, where electrification allows for a big drop in greenhouse gas emissions. In addition, Cascades continues to promote public transportation and carpooling among its employees.