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Sustainability

Committed to sustainability

We might take it for granted, but reliable and affordable energy is essential to daily life. When we drive our kids to school, flick on the office lights or cook a meal for our families, we depend on natural gas, electricity and oil to go about our daily routines with the products and services that are central to our modern society.

Our purpose is to deliver the energy people need, every day. Safely. Responsibly. Collaboratively. With integrity.

We’re proud of the role we’ve played in empowering businesses and families for more than 65 years and we know that the world’s appetite for safe, reliable and affordable energy continues to grow. The crux of our challenge in a changing energy landscape is to safely deliver the energy the world needs in an economically, environmentally and socially responsible manner. We are well positioned to deliver on that challenge by investing in a balanced and sustainable energy future.


We believe that North America should be the world’s energy supplier of choice, as we are leaders when it comes to stringent regulatory standards, deep respect for environmental stewardship, human rights and responsible development.”

Russ Girling
President and Chief Executive Officer


Safety

$1+ billion invested annually to improve safety and efficiency of our operations

Environment

47% power generated from emission-less sources

Community

Maintaining principled approach to positive long-term relationships with 100,000+ landowners

Economic

$500+ million in property taxes, generated $150+ million in work for Indigenous businesses and invested $20+ million in 1,500+ non-profits in 2018

Our commitment

Even though the energy landscape is changing, our facilities are in place for generations and we are unwavering in our commitment to sustainability. This includes commitments to:

We operate in one of the world’s most transparent and robust regulatory environments that provides stringent regulations for the entire life cycle of an energy infrastructure asset. Pipelines are subject to strict regulations by multiple regulatory agencies. We comply with all federal, provincial and state laws and regulations governing the management of health and safety, environment, land use and other material areas of our business.

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Managing climate change risks and opportunities

As a leader within the energy infrastructure sector, we recognize our responsibility in supporting innovative and global solutions towards clean, reliable and affordable energy. In our inaugural Report on Sustainability and Climate Change, we describe our approach to long-term sustainability and the work we are doing to ensure the resilience of our business during the transition towards a lower carbon-emissions economy. In consideration of the recommendations from the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD), we assess climate-related risks and opportunities, as well as discuss our actions to reduce our GHG emissions in a cost-effective manner.

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Sustainability across the company

TC Energy recently made important improvements to further embed sustainability into the governance, risk management and day-to-day operations of our organization.

  • We added “Sustainability” to the mandate of the Health, Safety and Environment Committee of the Board (now the Health, Safety, Sustainability and Environment Committee) to recognize the growing intersection of governance, risk, environmental and social issues.

  • We created a new Chief Sustainability Officer role to provide strategic vision and leadership of sustainability-related issues, including climate change, environmental stewardship, stakeholder engagement and Indigenous relations.

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We are committed to providing focused, transparent, and meaningful disclosure on our journey towards a balanced and sustainable energy future.

We have:

  • Reported GHG emissions in public forums since 1995
  • Reported under the Canadian federal government’s mandatory reporting system since 2004
  • Currently report our facility GHG emissions annually to more than half a dozen regulatory systems in Canada, the U.S. and Mexico
  • Been recognized by respected third-party agencies for our achievements in delivering energy responsibly
    • Named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index North America Index for the sixth year in a row
    • Recognized by CDP for our actions to disclose carbon emissions and mitigate the business risks of climate change

Our Corporate Responsibility (CR) reports demonstrate our ongoing commitment to providing comprehensive information on our economic, social and environmental performance consistent with recognized global standards. We continue to explore how TC Energy may share this information in a variety of formats (e.g., regular web content, reports, etc.) that is tailored to the needs of different stakeholder groups.

FAQs - Environment, Sustainability and Governance

Like the rest of our liquids portfolio, Keystone XL will have negligible scope 1 GHG emissions. Related to its scope 2 emissions – or the emissions generated from the power sources that drive the pump stations and move the oil – we have a strategy to consider ESG in the planning for Keystone XL’s operations, including ways to minimize our GHG footprint.

Potential tactics include minimizing our emissions by developing renewable power sources, paying for certified green credits from the utilities that Keystone XL accesses along the route, or considering offsets. This feasibility work continues, we have some time, but the analysis and conversations are beginning now.

As it relates to Keystone XL, the Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (FSEIS), issued by the previous U.S. administration, indicated scenarios without Keystone XL would result in increased emissions of between 28 and 42 per cent.

The 2019 FSEIS under the Trump administration concluded this analysis remains valid. From a GHG-emissions perspective Keystone XL is preferable to alternative modes of transportation for crude oil required to meet societal demand.

As a company, we understand societal concerns about climate change. We are committed to carefully managing our own emissions intensity and support national and industry commitments leading to global emissions reduction in line with the objective set out by the Paris Agreement.

We design our river and stream crossings based on the waterbody being crossed. Crossing methods involve either drilling or boring beneath the waterbody or trenching across it. Drilling and boring do not disturb the streambed or banks. Trenching across waterbodies is typically a 24- to 48-hour disturbance and reclamation is implemented after construction is complete. When we trench, we maintain adequate streamflow to protect aquatic life and prevent the interruption of downstream uses.

Once the pipeline is installed and reclamation is complete, there are no impacts to the streams and rivers and they are safe to both wildlife and public use.

  • Horizontal directional drills and horizontal bores ensure rivers and streams are not impacted by construction
  • Dry crossing techniques isolate water flow from construction activities to protect sensitive resources found in streams
  • Completing construction in small streams in 24 to 48 hours minimizes the construction time in the water body
  • We will return the construction right-of-way to pre-construction contours
  • We consider restoration complete when the surface condition and vegetation is similar to adjacent undisturbed lands
  • We monitor the condition of our right-of-way the entire operational life of our pipeline and correct reclamation issues that may arise

In pipeline construction, reclamation is the process of restoring an area, as closely as possible, to its former condition.

The land will be returned as close as practicable to pre-construction conditions; including vegetation, such as grasses and shrubs. Forested land accounts for about one percent of the total project area, with most trees occurring next to rivers and as part of shelterbelts or windbreaks. Trees will be replanted next to some rivers. Shelterbelts and windbreaks are replanted where required by our landowner agreements. Tree planting will not occur within the permanent right-of-way.