Jan 16, 2019
At TransCanada, we’re committed to protecting the environment. Not just because we have to, but because we want to. We respect the diversity of the landscapes where we operate and work to minimize our environmental footprint while meeting the world’s growing demand for safe and reliable energy.
Kristine Delkus — Executive Vice-President, Stakeholder Relations and Technical Services & General Counsel
Gold Class distinction for our performance in RobecoSAM's 2017 Sustainability Yearbook
Have partnered with the Nature Conservancy of Canada for over twenty years
2018 Environmental Excellence in Partnership winner from Southern Gas Association
We recognize that how we interact with the environment is of vital importance to you. It is to us, too.
That's why our Environment Principles of stewardship, protection and performance reflect our culture and guide our decisions every day when building and operating energy infrastructure.
We're committed to protecting the environment throughout the complete life cycle of our assets, from business development to project planning and design, through construction and operations to remediation and final decommissioning.
We know that water is a fundamental component of the ecosystems where we operate. The protection of water resources is of the utmost importance to both the environment and our business. Water is responsibly managed throughout the life cycle of our assets through our comprehensive Environment Program.
As an energy infrastructure company, we recognize our role in the larger energy system, including our own emission of greenhouse gases. We are leaders in the development of a balanced and sustainable energy future and we’re doing our part to manage our GHG emissions through the programs and initiatives that meet, and often exceed, regulatory requirements.
We believe that when we build an asset, we temporarily borrow the land. Over the course of our more than 65-year history, we have successfully reclaimed hundreds of thousands of acres of land in many different ecological regions throughout North America. We undertake field studies and consult with stakeholders and Indigenous groups to develop specific environmental protection plans on all our projects in order to conserve and protect natural resources throughout construction and operation of our facilities.
Collaboration and relationship building are at the heart of our Environment Principles. We develop partnerships with employees, industry partners, Indigenous groups and regulatory agencies and work together to help find solutions to important environmental issues.
Our employees are dedicated stewards of the environment. TransCanada's environmental governance process applies to all employees and is integrated throughout all lines of business in all jurisdictions.
We recognize there is strength in numbers and different ways of tackling a problem. We actively seek outside perspectives and participate in a number of industry and multi-stakeholder initiatives to help resolve environmental challenges and advance best practices for our industry.
We work closely with the communities where we live and work to ensure the environmental initiatives we're supporting – whether financially or through volunteer efforts – are the ones that matter the most to them. This means working with national and local organizations to conserve important habitat, protect at-risk species and promote environmental education.
We recognize and respect the rights of Indigenous peoples and their distinct relationship with the land. We believe it is important to integrate traditional knowledge into our environmental planning, and work with Indigenous groups to understand how our activities may affect them and find mutually beneficial solutions.
We understand the vital need to conserve, protect and restore habitat for wild animals and plants – both in the water and on land. From rivers to ranchlands and salmon to caribou, we are actively partnering with organizations to conserve important habitat across the continent.
In 2016, TransCanada donated $120,000 to help the Nature Conservancy of Canada protect more than 2,100 acres (850 hectares) of ecologically significant habitat along the Southwest Miramichi River of New Brunswick. This important watershed is world-renowned as the site of North America’s largest run of Atlantic salmon and is home to fish nurseries.
Last summer, TransCanada devised a plan to improve the threatened Westslope Cutthroat Trout population in Allison Creek in the Crowsnest Pass area of southern Alberta. In addition to removing an old, forgotten and collapsed bridge that was acting as a barrier to spawning areas in the creek, we also restored the channel and banks using various techniques to enhance fish habitat.
Every year, we spend time and energy on public disclosure to trusted third-party organizations. A third party validation process is very important to building trust with our stakeholders and demonstrating transparency.
Here are some of the ways we were recently recognized by third-party rating agencies:
We recognize that how we interact with the environment is of vital importance to you. It is to us, too. We believe that excellence in environmental practices is vital to the well-being of people everywhere and is essential to all aspects of our business.
Want to learn more about TransCanada and the environment? Visit our latest Corporate Responsibility report here.