As part of Trans Mountain’s commitment to environmental protection, we work in collaboration with Green Marine, a voluntary environmental performance program for the North American marine industry.

Since 2013, Trans Mountain has participated in the Green Marine program, committing to benchmark and continuously improve environmental performance at our Westridge Marine Terminal. 

Green Marine participants must benchmark their environmental performance using the program’s exhaustive self-evaluation guides, have the results verified by an accredited external verifier and agree to publication of their individual results. The progress that participants make in this respect is evaluated on a scale of  1 to 5, where Level 1 represents the monitoring of regulations, and 5 reflects leadership and excellence. Green Marine publishes the results of this assessment on an annual basis, and recently released the results for 2018 here.

We spoke with our Environmental team to learn a little more about Trans Mountain’s participation in the Green Marine program.

How is Trans Mountain doing against Green Marine’s performance indicators?

In 2018, Trans Mountain achieved a Level 3, putting us in the top 18.8 per cent of program participants for the year.

In addition to being a participant, how is Trans Mountain involved with further enhancing the Green Marine program?

Throughout our certification history we have participated in different work groups and committees to further enhance the Green Marine program. As part of the work groups, Trans Mountain assists in the development of new performance indicators as well as the review and revision of existing Green Marine Performance Indicators. Green Marine Performance Indicators are measurable ways for marine companies to establish and reduce their environmental footprint. Indicators are revised annually through the collaboration of work groups and committees to promote continuous improvement of this premier environmental certification program.

What Green Marine committees does Trans Mountain participate in?

We participate in four different committees:

  • West Coast Advisory Committee
  • Community Relations work group
  • GHG and Air Pollutants work group
  • Landslide Technical Committee

What work is being done with Green Marine to address and enhance relations with the surrounding communities? 

The community relations work group was established in 2017 to develop the new Community Relations performance indicator. Currently there is a Community Impacts performance indicator but it was felt that in order to better engage with participating local communities, clearer tools to do so needed to be established. The work group is tasked to re-work the existing Community Impacts performance indictors into one that focuses exclusively on the impacts of activities on communities while developing the new community relations indicator to focus on how to communicate and interact with local communities.

Some of the proposed criteria such as tracking inquires and complaints from the public, implementing internal procedures for management of inquiries and proactive communications around major projects, Trans Mountain already has in place at our Westridge Marine Terminal.

How does Trans Mountain help evaluate the Green Marine Performance Indicators?

Trans Mountain currently sits on the Green Marine’s West Coast Advisory Committee. One of the roles of the committee is to develop and maintain the Green Marine three year action plan by directing program revisions and developing priorities. This ensures the appropriate performance indicators are developed and added into the program. Through this process, feedback is provided to the work group on draft performance indicators prior to final board of directors’ approval to officially adopt them into the program.

What other organizations sit on these committees?

Green Marine has different types of membership and this varied membership is represented through the committees and work groups. Green Marine membership includes participants (ship owners, ports and seaway, terminals and shipyards), partners, supporters and association members. The technical committees are only open to participants in the program, however work groups and Advisory Committees are open to all member types.

To learn more about who makes up Green Marine participants, partners, supporters and association members, click here