In conjunction with the United Nations conference on climate change (COP21) in Paris, Hatch issued a statement outlining the company’s position on climate change. Hatch will participate in discussions on climate change at COP21 from December 6–9, 2015.
In the statement, Hatch reaffirms that climate change is a reality that affects every community and organization globally. As a global engineering and consultancy firm, Hatch aims to make a positive, sustainable difference in reducing the effects of climate change by building smarter solutions to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, resilient infrastructure, and creating meaningful partnerships.
In its statement, Hatch says it supports climate change initiatives which:
- Foster the development of innovative technologies that support cleaner energy production, improve energy efficiency, and utilize renewable energy resources;
- Support the movement towards sustainable cities through transit infrastructure, improved building efficiency, and urban planning and design strategies, including increased utilization of green or natural infrastructure;
- Enhance climate resiliency in the areas and communities most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change;
- Provide clear, consistent, and sustained policy signals to allow businesses to develop stable and long-term emission reduction programs;
- Create a level playing field enabling businesses to competitively develop the most cost-effective carbon reduction solutions;
- Implement carbon pricing mechanisms such as a carbon tax, or cap and trade systems, that are fair and equitable for all participants;
- Ensure the preservation of natural habitats, biodiversity, and the ecological systems most exposed to changing climates.
The statement details actionable items including:
- developing innovative technologies to support cleaner energy production;
- supporting sustainable cities;
- implementing carbon pricing and measurement tools; and
- providing safe and resilient engineering design to clients.
Corinne Boone, Hatch's Managing Director of Environment, is attending COP21 as part of the International Chamber of Commerce official delegation and representing Hatch and the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. “Hatch has always strived to be an industry leader for sustainable practices in the areas we operate,” says Boone. “We are proud of our role in developing transformative carbon reduction technologies in energy production, delivery and storage, and in transportation infrastructure and resource extraction. Hatch understands the global importance of climate change and is committed to developing solutions which support GHG emissions reductions and help increase society’s resilience to our changing climate.”
John Pearson, Hatch’s Global Energy Director adds, “We want to do our part to reduce the effects of climate change and drive a low carbon future in the energy sector. We are focusing our expertise on harnessing power sources and emerging technologies to meet the energy needs of the future in a smarter and more sustainable way.”
View Hatch’s Climate Change Statement at https://www.hatch.ca/Environmental_Services_Group/Climate_Change/Hatchs-Statement-on-Climate-Change.htm.