Updated COVID-19 Statement

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Updated COVID-19 Statement

Posted on: March 18th, 2020 by vigor

As the COVID-19 situation continues to develop, VCT Group realizes this may be a challenging time for you, your families, and your organizations. Like you, we are continuously adapting our strategy to manage risk and keep our staff, customers, and suppliers safe and healthy.

Effective Thursday, March 19, 2020, all VCT Group Inc. staff will be working remotely until further notice and our offices will be closed to all visitors. Staff can still be reached Monday through Friday during regular business hours via the following channels:

Please note that we continue to remain operational and provide service to our customers. 

We sincerely thank you for your continued support and we are here to support you and your business as best we can.

We are remaining positive during this challenging time and looking forward to sunny days ahead.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me.

Sincerely,

Brian Unrau

President

VCT Group Inc.

COVID-19 and VCT Group Inc

Posted on: March 16th, 2020 by vigor

VCT Group Inc. has been closely monitoring the developments pertaining to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic and are taking necessary steps to protect our customers, suppliers, and staff.

Effective immediately, VCT Group Inc. offices and workspaces are closed to the public; only staff members are permitted on our premises until further notice. Delivery personnel and courier services are exempt from this policy.

Please note that we will continue to remain operational and provide service to our customers. You can reach VCT Group Inc. staff via the following channels:

VCT Group Inc staff who remain in office are employing recommended protocols provided by public health experts, including (but not limited to):

  • Employing social distancing and self-isolation measures when necessary and with abundance of caution
  • Practicing good hygiene; hand washing for at least 20 seconds, using hand sanitizer available supplied by the workplace, and frequently using disinfectant products on phones, computers, and other surfaces
  • Elevated cleaning of high-touch spaces and items like doorknobs and table surfaces

Our staff and associates are committed to delivering the products and services you rely on to provide financial security and peace of mind.

We also encourage you, especially those in high-risk populations, to stay home if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms (mild or severe):

  • fever
  • cough
  • difficulty breathing/shortness of breath
  • have travelled to any area with an ongoing spread of COVID-19
  • live with someone who recently travelled to an area with an ongoing spread of COVID-19
  • have been in contact with someone known to have COVID-19 or experiencing symptoms similar to the Flu or COVID-19
  • concerned about potential exposure.

Additional Resources

As things continue to change, the amount of information can feel overwhelming. In an effort to help you navigate through the news that is being reported regarding COVID-19, below is a list of credible websites which continue to update information locally and nationally.

Region of Waterloo Public Health

Ontario Ministry of Health

Health Canada

World Health Organization

We will continue to monitor the situation and keep you informed. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Sincerely,

Brian Unrau

President

“Net Zero Emissions” and the Federal Election Climate Change Platforms

Posted on: October 17th, 2019 by vigor
Solar panels can help achieve net zero emissions

Discussion of “net zero” and “carbon neutral” emissions are dominating current environmental news. 

16-year-old Greta Thunberg, the new face of climate activism, has made calls for governments to achieve net zero emissions by 2030. Thunberg and 15 other young activists recently filed a lawsuit against five of the biggest carbon polluters in the world (Argentina, Brazil, France, Germany, and Turkey), on grounds that their failure to adequately reduce emissions violates the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. 

Additionally, major Canadian federal parties have pledged emission reductions in their election platforms:

  • Liberal Party: reduce Canadian emissions to net zero by 2050 with legally binding 5-year emissions targets; halve corporate taxes for zero-emission, clean technology companies; all federal buildings to be powered by clean energy by 2022; 10% rebate on zero-emission vehicles.
  • Conservative Party: require investment in private sector research and development of green technology from major emitters producing more than 40 kilotonnes of CO2e per year.
  • New Democratic Party: reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Canada to 450 megatonnes by 2030; provide low-interest loans repayable through energy savings to retrofit all housing stock in Canada; emphasis on low-carbon transit projects; 100% of new vehicles are to be electric by 2040.
  • Green Party: double Canada’s emissions reduction target to 60% by 2030; have 100% of Canadian electricity come from renewable sources by 2030; 100% of new vehicles are to be electric by 2030. 

But what, exactly, does “net zero emissions” mean? How can you set up your business to achieve it? 

Net Zero Emissions will be achieved when any human-caused greenhouse gas emissions are balanced out by removing greenhouse gases from the atmosphere. Firstly, emissions should be reduced as close to zero as possible. Remaining emissions should then be counteracted by carbon removal practices, such as reforestation. 

Reducing Emissions

The World Resources Institute outlines the following 10 items as key shifts our society needs to undertake to reduce our emissions:

  1. Phase out coal plants
  2. Invest in clean energy and efficiency
  3. Retrofit buildings
  4. Decarbonize coal, steel, and plastics
  5. Shift to electric vehicles
  6. Increase public transportation
  7. Decarbonize aviation and shipping
  8. Halt deforestation and restore degraded lands
  9. Reduce food loss and waste
  10. Eat more plants and less meat

The most important factor in achieving net zero emissions is the reduction of greenhouse gas output. To achieve this, change needs to happen in policy, technology and human behaviour. Switching the fuel sources that power our lives, our buildings, and our transportation to sustainable options is key. 

VCT Group specializes in the design, engineering, and construction of renewable energy projects. Our solar energy net metering projects produce clean power to help offset your emissions and push you closer to net zero targets. VCT Group has installed more than 40,000 solar panels across more than 200 projects. Together with CED Co-op, VCT Group owns and operates a portfolio of solar projects that can power about 1,000 homes and reduces carbon emissions by about 2,000 tonnes every year.

Join the businesses who are already examining how reducing their environmental footprint can also reduce costs. Contact us today to learn more.