2011 Environmental Performance Overview
We’re fully committed to conducting our business in an environmentally sustainable way.
Enbridge operates the largest and most complex liquids pipeline system in the world. We recognize that this comes with great responsibilities, and we make the safety and integrity of our pipeline system our highest priority.
Over the past 10 years, Enbridge has delivered almost 12 billion barrels of crude oil, and more than 99.999 per cent of that product safely arrived at its destination. Safety has always been at the heart of our operations, which is why the recent spill incidents we’ve experienced have only served to heighten our resolve to prevent all spills. In 2011 alone, we invested approximately $400 million in a wide range of pipeline and facility integrity programs and initiatives to ensure continued improvement. That investment will increase to $800 million in 2012. Our objective is to be the industry leader in the protection of our workers, the public and the environment.
Enbridge is also resolved to lead the way in developing renewable and alternative energy technologies that have less impact on the environment. Enbridge is involved in eight wind power projects, four solar farms, four waste heat recovery facilities, one geothermal facility and an integrated fuel cell. Enbridge's share in, these assets equals capacity of close to 1,000 megawatts, or enough electricity to supply the equivalent of almost 300,000 homes. Enbridge’s renewable and alternative energy investments also result in the avoidance of over 1.4 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions each year.
For its part, Enbridge Gas Distribution is working with customers through its demand-side management (DSM) programs to increase the efficient use of valuable energy resources, thereby lowering each household’s energy costs, while at the same time reducing environmental impact. Since 1995, EGD has helped customers reduce their natural gas cumulative consumption by about 7.0 billion cubic metres through participation in its DSM programs (the equivalent of enough gas to supply approximately 2.3 million homes for one year) and net energy savings to customers of approximately $2.1 billion. Through these DSM activities, EGD has helped its customers avoid over 13.3 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions.
Enbridge has also formally committed to stabilizing its own environmental footprint through our Neutral Footprint initiative. As of 2009, we’re counteracting our environmental impacts within five years of their occurrence—planting a tree for every tree we remove; conserving an acre of natural habitat for every acre we permanently impact; and generating a kilowatt of renewable energy for every kilowatt of power our operations consume. This strategic approach to CSR benefits all of Enbridge’s stakeholders and society at large.
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