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A little taste of our food and beverage incentive programs

Fresh apples being cleaned and sorted for distribution
BC Hydro helps food and beverage customers with range of programs and incentives for areas including lighting, compressed air, refrigeration and HVAC.

Breakfast with BC Food & Beverage

We recently hosted a breakfast event for BC Food & Beverage (BCFB) and their associates and members for the first time since the pandemic. It was a great opportunity to connect with them again face to face.

Along with catching up in person, everyone was keen to see our industrial marketing team's overview of the current programs we offer for conservation and energy management. As James Donaldson, CEO of BCFB told us back in 2021: "When partners such as BC Hydro are helping members to save money, it really helps, especially for small businesses. BC Hydro has been great at helping the food industry as a whole to be more efficient."

Environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG)

The main focus of the event was ESG – which stands for environmental, social and corporate governance. It's a concept that has grown hugely in popularity over the last few years. Here's how the Business Development Bank of Canada defines ESG: "The environmental criterion looks at whether a company pollutes or implements sustainable practices. The social criterion considers how the company works with and impacts its employees, customers, suppliers and the community as a whole. Finally, the governance criterion looks at the company's leadership, its internal controls and audits, board governance oversight and executive pay."

ESG is something many of our industrial customers are asking us about, particularly in relation to clean energy and low-carbon electricity, which has also become a hot topic recently. As many customers – especially in the food and beverage industry – move to grow and expand their business, they want to know how their electricity is produced and how to manage their usage efficiently.

Hungry for more?

We help many food and beverage customers with energy efficiency incentive programs for areas including lighting, compressed air, refrigeration, HVAC and variable frequency drives. We can also help with studies, audits and strategic energy management, along with advice on expanding or planning new facilities.

To find out more about how we could help you make energy efficiency part of your ESG plan, contact your Key Account Manager or Regional Energy Manager, or call 604 522 4713 in the Lower Mainland or 1 866 522 4713 elsewhere in B.C.