Greenhouse Gas Emissions
We recognize that climate change is a critical global issue and believe that meaningful greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions require governments to collaborate with industry and consumers to establish clear, realistic GHG emissions objectives, public policies and effective regulations.
We also recognize that climate change is a critical issue for us, given that our business is focused on transporting fossil fuels.
While we don’t produce the fossil-fuel-based products we ship, we understand that some stakeholders oppose our pipeline projects due to their connection to climate change. We address this issue by working with all of our stakeholders and all levels of government to ensure that our industry is a proactive participant in the development and implementation of climate change solutions. We track and publicly report on our own GHG emissions and continue to take steps to lower them.
In 2005, we achieved our initial corporate target to reduce our Canadian direct GHG emissions by 15 per cent below 1990 levels and, in fact, achieved an 18 per cent reduction. We subsequently set a new Canadian operations reduction target for the 2010 inventory year of a 20 per cent reduction in direct GHG emissions below 1990 levels and, in 2011, we determined that we had achieved a 21 per cent reduction below 1990 levels, primarily through upgrading facilities and equipment. We are currently in the process of developing more accurate inventory data to help us establish a more robust baseline for new targets.
For our Enbridge Gas Distribution (EGD) business unit in Canada (but excluding EGD’s storage operations), we have set a direct emissions intensity target of five per cent reduction based on 2011 emissions and number of customers (i.e. the metric is tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent per number of customers) to be achieved by 2015.
Our Gas Transportation (GT) business unit in the U.S. has set a target of creating a comprehensive GHG emissions estimation methodology across all of its facilities for the 2015 calendar year using Enbridge’s newly created Emissions Data Management System (EDMS). Using a 2015 baseline, GT will determine whether methane emissions reductions are achievable and, if so, will set reduction targets.
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