How Canadian companies are preventing pollution

The following fact sheet presents an analysis of pollution prevention (P2) information submitted by facilities to the National Pollutant Release Inventory (NPRI) for the 2014 reporting year.

The analysis focuses on information from facilities that reported practicing at least one of the seven common P2 techniques. P2 is about avoiding the creation of pollution and waste, rather than trying to clean it up or manage it after the fact. The federal government believes that P2 is the most effective means of protecting our environment, eliminating costly waste and promoting sustainable development.

The NPRI publishes an annual report that analyzes and summarizes each reporting cycle. The NPRI report includes P2 information not found in this Pollution Prevention in Practice series of fact sheets, such as information on P2 planning.

Which sectors reported practicing pollution prevention in 2014?

Nine hundred and fifty-three (953) facilities from 37 different sectors reported practicing at least one of the 7 common P2 techniques in 2014. The following table identifies the five sectors with the most facilities that practiced P2 techniques.

Number of Facilities Practicing P2 by Sector Footnote1
Sector Number of Facilities Practicing P2
Oil and Gas Extraction 206
Utilities 95
Chemical Manufacturing 87
Wood Product Manufacturing 80
Mining and Quarrying (except Oil and Gas) 58

Quick facts

  • Number of facilities that reported practicing at least one of the seven common P2 techniques in 2014: 953Footnote2

  • The most reported P2 technique: Good Operating Practice or Training

  • The provinces with the most facilities that reported practicing at least one of the seven common P2 techniques (with their percentage share of all facilities that reported practicing at least one of the seven common P2 techniques):
    • Ontario: 292 (25%)
    • Alberta: 279 (24%)
    • Quebec: 263 (23%)
    • British Columbia: 152 (13%)
    • Saskatchewan: 69 (6%)

What were the most practiced pollution prevention techniques in 2014?

The following graph shows the number of facilities that reported practicing each P2 technique in 2014.

Figure 1
Figure 1 - Description

This bar graph shows the number of facilities that reported practicing each P2 technique in 2014.

The breakdown is as follows:

  • Good Operating Practice or Training: 681
  • Spill and Leak Prevention: 359
  • Equipment or Process Modification: 324
  • Materials or Feedstock Substitution: 198
  • On-site Reuse, Recycling or Recovery: 190
  • Inventory Management or Purchasing Techniques: 125
  • Product Design or Reformulation: 120

Where was pollution prevention practiced in 2014?

The NPRI tracks the location of each reporting facility. The following map shows the location of facilities that reported practicing at least one of the seven common P2 techniques in 2014.

Figure 2
Figure 2 - Description

This figure is a map of Canada that shows the location of facilities that reported practicing at least one of the seven commpon P2 techniques in 2014. The map shows that the facilities are located all across Canada, with large concentrations near Vancouver and in north eastern British Columbia, in central Alberta, and along the Quebec City-Windsor Corridor.

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