July 29, 2010

Westport's Sustainability Report Available Online

by Karen Hamberg

Every business intersects with complex global problems and urgent sustainability challenges such as climate change, energy security, the availability of clean water, the loss of biodiversity, poverty, social justice and environmental health. It would be easy to be overwhelmed by the scale of these issues and wonder what, if anything, a small company on the west coast of Canada can do to mobilize and drive global change.

We believe that business success is no longer solely measured “company to customer” but via its relationships with a range of stakeholders. As a clean technology leader, we recognize the responsibility we have to our employees, customers, partners, shareholders, suppliers, governments, the natural environment, academic institutions, non-government organizations (NGOs) and the neighbourhoods in which we live and work.

The decarbonisation of the transport sector requires vision, leadership and boldness. Our employees are the best source of ideas for minimizing the environmental impact of our operations and developing more innovative ways of working together. Our customers have shown environmental leadership by purchasing natural gas vehicles and are now able to earn emission credits via the Westport Carbon Project. Governments around the world are recognizing the economic, energy security, environmental and job creation benefits of natural gas vehicles. Environmental NGOs want to learn more about how reducing the carbon intensity of fuels has the potential to meaningfully reduce emissions from heavy-duty vehicles. Our partners see a tremendous opportunity to revolutionize how we move freight and people.

But of course, our role in the above-mentioned efforts is meaningless if our own house is not in order. To that end, we are pleased to share our progress in our third sustainability report providing information on our social and environmental impacts. Data from four fiscal years have been included to reflect trends, achievements and challenges. Our approach to sustainability has been driven by data and quantifiable measures but the story behind the numbers is even more compelling. More comprehensive discussion will occur on our website, http://www.westport.com/ and in future annual reports.

View the Westport Innovations Inc. 2010 Sustainability Report.

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