Clé Verte®

About us

Clé Verte® is a voluntary environmental certification program that offers automobiles service shops (cars and light- or heavy-duty trucks) recognition of and appreciation for the environmental measures they have implemented.

The Clé Verte® program was created in close collaboration with partners from Table de concertation sur l’environnement et les véhicules routiers du Québec at the request of the automotive industry.

Nature-Action Québec, a non-profit organization known for its quality environmental services, developed the program and has been managing it since the very beginning.

Join the 800 automotive service shops that have been certified to date!

The program requirements (regulatory obligations and good environmental practices) are grouped based on six key criteria:

RESIDUAL MATERIALS
1. Residual hazardous materials management
2. Residual non-hazardous materials management
3. Post-consumer waste management

INDOOR ENVIRONMENT
4. Facility and procedure management

OUTDOOR ENVIRONMENT
5. Service area and parking space maintenance

EMPLOYEE AWARENESS
6. Communications program

Benefits of the CLÉ VERTE certification

  1. Environmental prevention
    • Gives the owner peace of mind that the hazardous materials used in their shop are managed and stored properly and the likelihood of an incident is therefore reduced
    • Provides access to more competitive insurance premiums
    • Ensures the shop is better equipped in the event of an inspection or incident
  2.  Recruitment
    • Mobilizes personnel with a constructive project
    • Attracts recently graduated technicians who are seeking their first job and learned about environmental issues during their studies
  3. Business development
    • Provides access to a variety of communication tools (posters, brochures, stickers, videos, logos, etc.) to publicize your CLÉ VERTE certification and therefore foster customer loyalty while at the same time attracting new environmentally conscious customers
    • Improves the image of your company’s brand within the industry and among the public
    • Lists your shop on our website
  4. Access to public contracts and networks
    • Since all shops in the CAA-Quebec Approved Auto Repair Services network and Intact Insurance’s Rely Network® (for repair shops) are required to have CLÉ VERTE certification
    • Since several governmental and paragovernmental agencies, in addition to businesses, award points for environmental and sustainable development initiatives in their tendering processes

And shop owners say it again and again: CLÉ VERTE certification profitable!

Registration fees

Registration fees of $700 are payable when you apply, and cover the entire process:

  • Training workshop and accompanying Certification Guide
  • Access to tools to spread the word about your compliant practices
  • Compliance audit of the shop by a CLÉ VERTE auditor

Length of certification and registration process

  • The initial certification is valid for a two-year period. Subsequent certifications are valid for three years.
  • To register, you must send in a copy of the registration form along with your payment. Upon receipt of your documents, a visit will be schedule to train the program manager(s) at your shop. From then on, you will have a maximum of 18 months to implement the various measures proposed and comply with the requirements of the CLÉ VERTE standard.

Get certified now (registration form)!

Contact us!
450-536-0422, ext. 300
info@cleverte.org
120 Ledoux Street
Beloeil, QC
J3G 0A4