Environmental Benefits In addition to cost savings, some of the Crown collaboration initiatives result in environmental benefits such as greenhouse gas (GHG) savings. The 2021-2022 fiscal year saw an overall reduction of 3,533 tonnes of CO2e. This was an improvement from the previous year’s reduction of 3,520 tonnes of CO2e. VEGETATION MANAGEMENT SaskTel and SaskEnergy use a common contractor for vegetation management. SaskTel facilities are spread out across the southern half of the province in rural areas providing coverage for SaskTel networks. In the past, SaskTel vegetation management crews travelled significant distances from site to site. With a single contractor completing vegetation management on both SaskTel and SaskEnergy sites and right of ways, they are able to treat SaskTel facilities while in the area completing work on SaskEnergy right of ways, which reduces travel. GHG Emission Reduction 23 tonnes of CO2e Based on estimated reduced driving to treat facilities and converted to GHG emissions with an emission factor. FIBRE SHARING SaskPower and SaskTel partner for installation of fibre. GHG Emission Reduction 201 tonnes of CO2e Based on avoiding a second installation team to install a new line along the same route. Estimate is based on average fuel usage converted to GHG with an emission factor. PROPERTY MANAGEMENT COLLABORATION SaskPower and SaskTel staff share the SaskTel building on Sandra Schmirler Way in Regina, resulting in efficiency in power and gas consumption compared to having two separate buildings for staff. GHG Emission Reduction 656 tonnes of CO2e Based on actual facility natural gas and power usage and converted to GHG emissions with emissions factors. This assumes SaskPower would have an equal size building if this facility was not shared.
JOINT INFRASTRUCTURE INSTALLATION
SaskTel and SaskPower partner on joint infrastructure installation, therefore not requiring a second team to construct infrastructure. GHG Emission Reduction 1,045 tonnes of CO2e Based on avoiding a second installation team to construct similar conduits. Estimate is based on average fuel usage converted to GHG with an emission factor.
SaskEnergy, SaskPower, and SaskTel partner on line locating, therefore avoiding multiple teams performing locates at the same site. GHG Emission Reduction 1,785 tonnes of CO2e Based on not requiring a second team to locate the facility. Estimate is based on average fuel usage converted to GHG with an emission factor. GRAND TOTAL 3,533 tonnes of CO2e
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