Climate change is an important global issue requiring action across industries and around the globe. Trans Mountain is committed to working with government and stakeholders to advance strategies that will reduce emissions and minimize our environmental footprint.

Pipelines are part of the overall supply chain and while they account for about one per cent of Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs), we recognize our place and our role in the industry to minimize impacts where we can.

The Trans Mountain Pipeline will be the first pipeline in Canada required by the NEB to offset all direct GHG emissions generated from Project construction. Our carbon offsets will produce real, measurable reductions in emissions to be verified by independent third parties. As a result, our expansion will produce a legacy of carbon reduction projects, including clean technology solutions.

We know that building a new pipeline will generate emissions. While our objective is to minimize our carbon footprint by reducing emissions at the source as much as possible by using energy efficient technology and design, as well as low-carbon energy sources, there will be emissions we can’t mitigate.  More than 90 per cent of these emissions are expected to come from land clearing activities.  We’ll take responsibility for these emissions by developing a Carbon Management Plan for Project construction that will incorporate a variety of initiatives.

Some initiatives during construction include creating worker camps and local accommodation strategies to minimize transportation to and from work sites, implementing no idling policies and other contractor initiatives.

We have also proposed the installation of a new vapour recovery system at Westridge Marine Terminal to control emissions and odours during ship loading that will have benefits well beyond the construction period. Today, hydrocarbon vapours generated by loading oil into a tanker are collected, blended with propane and incinerated to reduce the potential for odours. If the Project is approved, we’ll spend more than $20 million on a new vapour recovery system that would capture more than 99 per cent of the hydrocarbon vapours that are generated during loading operations, re-liquefy them and direct them back into the loading tankers.

It’s also important to note that we currently monitor air emissions from our operations.  Trans Mountain operates multiple air quality stations at our urban facilities to assist in emissions management as a best practice.  The data is very valuable for assessing the environmental performance of our operations over the long term, and maintaining a historical record of emissions and emission levels to support continuous improvement.

In addition to the measures already underway and committed to if the Expansion is approved, the federal government and several provincial governments, including BC and Alberta, have developed comprehensive climate change strategies designed to reduce emissions and lower the carbon footprint of Canada’s energy industry.