MONTREAL — Quebec’s engineers society has issued a white paper outlining its commitments to sustainability. The paper, titled Achieving Sustainable Development and Meeting the Climate Challenge: the Asset of Quebec Engineering, was unveiled by Ordre des ingenieurs du Quebec (OIQ) president Kathy Baig at a virtual event attended by 350 guests from the Quebec business community.
The policy paper commits the OIQ to speak out and take actions in favour of reducing the organization’s environmental footprint, stated an Oct. 26 release.
It “intends to use its voice to promote best practices and offer more relevant tools to support engineers in their practice,” the release stated.
As well, the OIQ will develop an action plan with measurable indicators, such as for procurement and waste reduction.
The commitments are based on three guiding principles: strive to continuously improve products and processes; promote collaboration between all actors; and support innovation and scientific rigour.
“Developing our collective prosperity while reducing our environmental footprint is one of the main challenges of our time. Engineering has always served the common good, which is why I am proud that the OIQ and the profession have firmly committed to promoting sustainable development, a first in our 100 years of history,” stated Baig.
Representatives from Pomerleau and Ecotuned Automobile spoke at the event, as well as Senator Rosa Galvez, a professor at Universite Laval’s Faculty of Engineering and Science, who published a report last year on sustainability and climate change issues in relation to the National Building Code of Canada.