Our commitments on renewable energy

Environmental Leadership

Boralex’s choice to work in the field of renewable energy underscores its commitment to sustainable development.
Development of renewable energies is an active way of participating in the ongoing energy transition and is one of the solutions to the fight against climate change.

Our approach

Boralex draws mainly on wind, hydraulic and solar resources to generate electricity.

The company generated approximately 3,415 GWh of electricity in 2018 and contributed significantly to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. Producing the same amount of electricity with fossil fuel would have resulted in the emission of 214,000 tons of CO2.

Boralex is careful to minimize the impact of our activities on the environment, taking into account biodiversity protection, habitat conservation, responsible use of resources, and materials management.

Our environmental mission clearly states that we must rigorously comply with the relevant laws and regulations at all times and implement modifications if necessary.

Throughout the development of Boralex’s projects, environmental studies are conducted by specialists to assess the project’s impact on the environment.

Depending on the specific needs of the area being studied and the project itself, we often produce inventories of birds, bats, terrestrial mammals, rare plants, invasive species, herpetofauna and fish species.

This information allows us to better understand the environment and adapt each project, as much as possible, to its surroundings.

If necessary, mitigation measures are identified to minimize the impact of the project on habitats and biodiversity.

  • Construction: Throughout the construction of each of our projects, our team conducts thorough environmental monitoring to ensure our work complies with all required mitigation measures.
  • Operational: Once up and running, we monitor the environmental impact of each project and make adjustments if necessary.

Community Outreach

A constant community presence
Establishing harmonious relations with stakeholders is an integral element of Boralex’s values and we take steps to ensure that local populations and stakeholders consider all our sites to be socially acceptable.

From the moment we begin developing a site, we consult with, and inform, the project’s neighbors and stakeholders. This robust outreach continues throughout the development process.

Our team is on site and is easy to contact so we can answer all the community’s questions and concerns.

Each of our teams is involved to ensure all aspects of a project are considered, including the concerns and suggestions expressed by stakeholders.

Our consultation process includes stakeholder surveys, public information sessions, individual interviews, special committees and the mapping of different points of view. We undertake this basic groundwork to ensure our projects are received positively by the communities involved and all stakeholders have access to the facts.

A constant community presence

Our community-focused approach aligns with our beliefs and reflects the spirit and culture of our employees.

We spend a great amount of time in the communities where we work because we are sincere in our desire to answer all questions and address all concerns.

For example:

  • We establish follow-up committees that act as links between Boralex and each community where we operate wind facilities in Quebec.
  • In Ontario, Canada, Boralex uses regional newspapers to remind the public that a representative is available to hear their comments and answer their questions.

Economic Development

Our activities generate numerous benefits in many forms
As a renewable energy producer, Boralex contributes to the economic development of the communities in which we operate.
As a renewable energy producer, Boralex contributes to the economic development of the communities in which we operate.
Our activities generate numerous benefits in many forms:

  • We hire local workers to fill the quality jobs we create. This starts during site construction and continues through a project’s operations.
  • We maximize local and regional economic benefits by sourcing from local businesses.
  • We have developed a donation and sponsorship program, as well as several community projects, sometimes with First Nations. These efforts allow local populations to invest and participate in project decisions.
  • We have a Sustainable Procurement Charter to create innovative partnerships and mutually beneficial supplier relationships while contributing to local economic development.
  • We are an active member of our host community. For example, in Ardèche, France, we joined forces with CIVAM (the Center for Promoting Agriculture and the Rural Environment), a group that fosters organic farming and a cohesive vibrant rural world. We support their “Envie Verte” (Green Envy) project promoting farm skills and local production based on the principle that organic farming encourages rural renewal and revitalization.

Donations and sponsorships

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Through donations and sponsorships, we become strong supporters of our host communities. Each year we financially support various non-profit organizations and charitable events located or organized near our sites.

Through donations and sponsorship, we become strong supporters of our host communities. Each year we financially support various nonprofit organizations and charitable events located or organized near our sites.

To align with our beliefs and business objectives, most of our commitments fall into four main categories:

  • Socio-Community
    We support social and community organizations with missions to improve quality of life in a way that makes sense locally.
  • The Environment
    Sustainable development and respect for wildlife and the environment are integral parts of our daily activities. We want to back environmental organizations that work diligently to improve the health of our planet.
  • Education
    To support the next generation of community members, we emphasize academic excellence. Our contributions in this area include scholarships in the fields of engineering and renewable energy, as well as supporting those who have distinguished themselves through their social commitment.
  • Employee Volunteering
    An engaged employee is a motivated employee. We encourage our staff to be part of the community and we support projects, events or organizations in which they are involved.


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Health and safety

Providing a safe work environment for both our employees and our partners and suppliers is another Boralex top priority

By adhering to the Equator Principles and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Boralex is committed to promoting a culture of inclusion and respect in the workplace. We comply with and abide by all applicable laws and regulations to ensure thatour people enjoy fair and equitable treatment in a work environment free of harassment, intimidation and discrimination.

In addition, we implement measures required to continue improving our safety practices. From the moment of its inception to its operation, each of our projects has a plan to ensure worker safety. As a result, our injury rate remains well below the industry average.

Hours worked680,000700,000
Lost-time accidents11
Lost-time accident rate*10.03.0

*According to the US OSHA 300 code, the lost-time injury rate is the number of absences for every 200,000 hours worked, divided by hours worked per 100 employees. A rate of 1 means that one in every 100 employees was involved in a lost-time accident during the fiscal year.

In Quebec, our six hydroelectric plants did not record any accidents with lost time for four years in a row.

Other measures implemented for the health and safety of all our stakeholders include:

  • Production of a health and safety video.
  • A code of ethics which establishes Boralex’s standards and expectations for all employees, consultants and directors.
  • A telephone line and website have been set up to receive safety-related concerns, which are forwarded to the appropriate people.