Laval, Quebec — July 20, 2017 — Carrossier ProColor Sainte-Julienne has proven itself an environmental leader. The facility has taken significant steps to reduce its environmental impact and this dedication has now been recognized with Clé Verte Platinum certification. The Carrossier Procolor network is a member of CSN Collision Centres.
Developed and managed by Nature-Action Québec, with the participation of the Table de concertation sur l’environnement et les véhicules routiers, and the Government of Quebec, Clé Verte is a voluntary environmental certification program providing automotive service centres with the opportunity to obtain recognition for the environmental methods they employ. The Clé Verte certification is an opportunity for collision centres to demonstrate their commitment toward the environment while improving environmental management, and ensuring uniformity and consistency.
Carrossier ProColor Sainte-Julienne joined the Clé Verte program in 2009 and is now one of the few Quebec-wide collision repair centres to be awarded the Clé Verte Platinum certification. Platinum is a new certification given to workshops that have achieved the Gold level on two consecutive occasions in the past.
“We were motivated by the desire to make an environmental difference in our region and to be responsible for the management of our waste and paint residues,” said Gilbert Beaulieu, Carrossier ProColor Sainte-Julienne’s Body Shop Manager.
According to Carrossier ProColor, getting Clé Verte Certified offers a number of benefits, including employee engagement, health and safety prevention and a positive image of the bodyshop in its municipality and neighbourhood.
“The Clé Verte certification is an advantage for participating collision centres where the perception of customers is concerned. It is not extremely complicated; it’s mostly changing the habits long rooted in our daily life,” said Gilbert Beaulieu.
To attain Platinum level, Beaulieu and his team acquired a shed where toxic waste such as paint residue, paint cans, oily residues and interior bins for recycling and normal waste are stored. Other investments have been made such as energy-efficient lighting, recyclable office paper and paperless customer records. Their employees were involved in the accreditation process from the very beginning to achieve a level of excellence in environmental management.
“They have been made aware of the importance of recycling and have been actively involved in changing work habits, such as separating recyclable from hazardous materials,” said Beaulieu.