Just the Numbers
Just the Numbers
- Total employees: ~4,150
- Canadian employees: ~2,500
- U.S. employees: ~1,630
- Mexico employees: ~8
- Expected new hires per year: approximately 400
- Voluntary turnover: approximately 3 per cent in 2009
Total Community Investment cash donations: $7,760,170
Total In-Kind donations: $225,172
Air emissions are an ordinary by-product of TransCanada's business operations. We use turbine engines to compress gas and move it through our pipelines. Some of our facilities utilize electrical energy, while others use natural gas to fuel the turbine engines. Our simple cycle, combined cycle and co-generation power facilities also use natural gas to fuel their turbines. As a result, these facilities generate nitrous oxide emissions. Consequently, we manage air emissions by operating our facilities in a manner that meets the stringent air quality guidelines and requirements of the various jurisdictions in which we operate.
TransCanada's commitment to better air quality and the management of greenhouse gas emissions is well known. For more than a decade, we have managed energy efficiency across the entire company. These efforts have included the reduction of pipeline energy consumption through the installation of high-efficiency compressors and turbines. We've also managed methane loss from our pipeline system by adopting advanced welding techniques, industry leading fugitive emissions management, minimization of venting and blowdowns and optimization of pipeline operation and outages.
TransCanada adheres to strict government requirements to ensure water quality is not compromised. Within our energy assets, water requirements are always considered early in the design process. The use of water for cooling and for helping reduce air emissions, the interplay of technology and local requirements are among the key considerations. Our power facilities are designed to use minimal volumes of water and, whenever possible, to recycle it safely back into the environment.
Although TransCanada's facilities do not generate large quantities of waste, we have a comprehensive hazardous materials and waste management program tailored to our operations. The program prescribes the conditions for responsible management of hazardous materials and wastes throughout the full life cycle of our facilities.
TransCanada reports all company and third-party spills. We document even minor spills to identify areas where we could improve our performance. We respond to all spills to ensure proper clean-up and to minimize any potential for a negative impact to the environment.
Of the 25 reportable spills, it is important to note that nearly half were less than 10 gallons (38 litres). All spills were contained and cleaned up in accordance with regulatory requirements.
Habitat conservation across North America
TransCanada mitigates its impacts on the environment and helps to sustain natural biodiversity. We accomplish this by involving environmental specialists on every project we develop, by working closely with governmental and environmental organizations and by contributing to leading-edge scientific research and policy development. Our work routinely includes research and mitigation projects related to fisheries, birds, wildlife habitats and vegetation.
Vehicle Incident Frequency — 2.58
Vehicle Incident Frequency is the number of recordable vehicle incidents recorded for every 1,000,000 kilometres that our employees drive. A recordable vehicle incident is any incident (regardless of fault) involving a fleet or rental motor vehicle which results in an injury to any person or damage to any vehicle or property, unless the vehicle was safely and legally parked at the time of the incident. On average in 2009, TransCanada experienced one incident every 386,972 kilometres traveled. This is better than the most recent 2009 industry average for Canada of one incident for every 291,354 kilometres.
Total Recordable Case Rate — 1.04
The Total Recordable Case Rate refers to the number of recordable cases per 100 full-time employees. On average in 2009, TransCanada experienced one recordable case every 96 person-years worked, better than the most recent 2009 industry average for Canada of one recordable case every 46 person years worked. The majority of these injuries required only minor medical treatment. Minor medical treatment includes such items as the need for prescriptions, stitches or restrictions in work; and does not include an individual incurring time away from work. As well as injuries requiring only minor medical treatment, recordable cases are illnesses and work related injuries that result in loss of consciousness, restriction of work or motion, transfer to another job, loss of life or injuries that require medical treatment beyond first aid.
Away from Work Case Rate — 0.16
The Away from Work Case Rate refers to the number of away-from-work cases per 100 full-time employees where an employee would have worked but could not because of occupational injury or illness. On average, TransCanada reported 639 person-years of work for every reported case, or better than the most recent 2009 industry average for Canada of one away-from-work case every 214 person years worked.
For detailed information on TransCanada's financial performance in 2009, please refer to our Annual Report.