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Canadian Pacific has begun installation of a solar energy farm at its corporate headquarters in Calgary, Alberta.
The farm is expected to generate more power than consumed annually at CP's main headquarters building by early 2021, CP officials announced this week in a press release.
The solar operation will be built on 12.4 acres and include the covering of 500 parking stalls and the creation of a solar garden. When completed, the farm will generate up to five megawatts of electricity, while avoiding an estimated 2,600 tons of carbon emissions a year. That's the equal to taking 570 cars off the road, CP officials said.
In addition, the project will assist CP in reducing its Scope 2 emissions, a category specific to indirect emissions related to electricity usage.
"This innovative project will see us run our headquarters building on 100 percent locally produced renewable electricity, something not many companies can say," said CP President and Chief Executive Officer Keith Creel.
CP moved its headquarters and operations center from leased downtown Calgary office space to the company's 250-acre campus in Ogden, just outside Calgary's downtown core, in 2013.
Meanwhile, CP yesterday released its 2019 corporate sustainability data supplement to the company's 2018 sustainability report, Sustainably Driven. Information in the report was prepared in accordance with the Global Reporting Initiative Standards and aligns with the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board for Rail Transportation framework.
On July 30, the Class I released its first public statement on climate change.