Operational Footprint

Environment and people

We consider the impact that our own operations have on the environment and have taken steps to reduce our operational footprint, which we report publicly. Data includes electricity, natural gas, paper use, water consumption, and business travel and has been converted to greenhouse gas equivalents using the Greenhouse Gas Protocol. Since we began reporting in 2008, the results indicate that our efforts to reduce, reuse and recycle have had some impact.

These efforts were spearheaded by our Green Team, a cross-corporate, volunteer employee advocacy group which provides a forum to develop new ideas. We have undertaken many environmental initiatives as a direct response.

Operational footprint data

  Unit​ 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020***
Electricity Consumption​​ kWh​​ 8,532,174 8,519,795 7,817,317 8,437,828 7,652,252
kWh​/FTE*​ 6,518 6,489 5,882 5,767 5,048
tonnes CO2​ 1,287 1,285 1,180 1,273 1,155
Natural Gas Consumption m3​ 208,324 261,965 245,702 286,302 225,006
m3/FTE​​* 159 200 185 196 148
tonnes CO2​ 159 494 465 540 424
Business Travel km (flight)​ 16,422,000​ 16,024,000 14,242,000 14,165,000 1,948,000
km (vehicle)​​ 135,000 100,000 117,000 126,000 23,000
Total km​​​ 16,557,000 16,124,000 14,359,000 14,291,000 1,971,000
tonnes CO2​ 1,890 1,838 1,640 1,662 230
Paper Consumption tonnes​​ 11 11 7 10 2
kg/FTE​​* 8 8 5 7 1
tonnes CO2​ 25 22 46 64 13
Paper Recycled tonnes​​ 35 63 58 63 20
kg/FTE​​* 27 48 44 43 44
Mixed Paper Recycled tonnes​​ 12 11 11 11 N/A
kg/FTE​​* 9 8 8 7 0
Building Water Consumption L​ 19,557,000 19,522,000 25,078,000 20,826,000 12,953,000
L/FTE​* 14,940 14,868 18,870 14,235 8,544
Waste Generated (HQ)** tonnes​​ 118​ 130 150 144 N/A
Carbon Footprint tonnes CO2 3,596 3,638 3,330 3,539 1,822
tonnes CO2/FTE​​* 2.7 2.8 2.5 2.4 1.2

* FTE is full-time equivalent (all permanent employees with a status of active, paid leave, or unpaid leave).
** This figure includes waste generated from two commercial facilities located within the EDC headquarters building.
***Due to pandemic-related restrictions and remote working from March to December 2020, EDC did not undertake waste audits, had limited travel, and restricted operations at offices.

Assumptions used for measurable footprint components:

  • Paper consumption: includes plain paper usage in the serveries andpPrintshop
  • Paper recycling: includes confidential shredding bins and bulk shredding
  • Mixed paper recycled: includes common mixed paper, cardboard recycling centres and individual mixed paper recycling bins. This calculation is based on the 2015 Waste Audit.
  • Electricity consumption, natural gas consumption, and building water consumption: pro-rated based on leased EDC office space
  • Business travel (flight and vehicle): includes air travel purchased / tracked through Ottawa travel department, and mileage associated with EDC’s car allowance program.

Carbon dioxide (CO2) conversion information

​Footprint Component Inventory (Scope 1, 2 or 3)​
CO2​ Factor Source​
Electricity Consumption​ Scope 2 All (Ontario Power grid uses coal, oil, natural gas, hydro and nuclear) World Resources Institute GHG Protocol from purchased electricity, v.4.9 (revised March 2017)​
Natural Gas Consumption​ Scope 1​ Commercial, gaseous fossil, natural gas World Resources Institute GHG Protocol from stationary combustion, v 4.1 (revised May 2015)​
Paper Consumption​ Scope 3 Cascade Rolland HiTech 
50 uncoated paper with 50% recycled content​
CO2 estimates were made using the Environmental Paper Network Paper Calculator​ v4.0 (2018)
Business Travel (flight) Scope 3 Total CO2 emissions resulting from short- and long-haul flights​ World Resources Institute (2008): GHG emissions from transport or mobile sources, GHG Emission Calculation Tool, v 2.6 (revised May 2015)
Business Travel (Vehicle)​​ Scope 3 Total CO2 emissions resulting from personal or company vehicles​ World Resources Institute (2008): GHG emissions from transport or mobile sources, GHG Emission Calculation Tool, v 2.6 (revised May 2015)


World Resources Institute: The Greenhouse Gas protocol: A Corporate Accounting and Reporting Standard (revised edition);
Scope 1 Inventory: a reporting organization's direct GHG emissions
Scope 2 Inventory: a reporting organization's emissions associated with the generation of electricity, heating/cooling or steam purchased for own consumption
Scope 3 Inventory: a reporting organization's indirect emissions other than those covered by Scope 2