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2020 Report on Sustainability

Message from Russ and Siim

This year marks one of the most unprecedented global challenges in recent history. The COVID-19 pandemic affected individuals, communities and businesses across all geographies in many distinct and different ways. At TC Energy, it reinforced the critical role we play in society, from delivering the energy we all depend on every day to contributing to the health and prosperity of the communities in which we work and live. 

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Q&A with our Chief Sustainability Officer

Patrick Keys is the Executive Vice President, Stakeholder Relations and General Counsel and is TC Energy’s Chief Sustainability Officer. With a fresh perspective on sustainability at TC Energy, Patrick discusses the challenges and opportunities we face in advancing our sustainability direction, and what the future holds for the organization.

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 If anything, the first half of 2020 highlighted the importance and true meaning of sustainability. We continued to supply the trusted, reliable and affordable energy heating and cooling our homes; lighting hospitals, restaurants and local businesses; transporting supplies and goods across Canada, the U.S. and Mexico; and powering other health and educational services that we all rely on. I am grateful to our teams, who continued to provide an essential service safely through this unparalleled time while also moving our sustainability mandate forward.

Not for a moment. I’ve been with this organization for more than 20 years, and I continue to be impressed with our ability to adapt and innovate  in ways that position us for success. Climate change is a serious issue, and we have an important role to play in managing GHG emissions while balancing the need for safe, reliable and economic energy. That’s why we’re developing our net zero roadmap, so we can demonstrate that we can achieve this outcome in a pragmatic and credible way.

In the meantime, as the world strives to meet the Paris Agreement targets, we safely transport and store more than 25 per cent of the clean-burning natural gas consumed daily on the continent. Outside North America, bringing affordable and reliable natural gas to global partners increases the world’s access to cleaner energy and builds a bridge to renewable energy sources while reducing global GHG emissions and enhancing energy security and economic stability. However, we know that sustainability is about more than climate change. We are a company that believes in doing the right thing, in the right way, the first time around. It’s the cornerstone in how we live our values and our “zero is real” safety culture. We have other sustainability-related targets outlined in this report and will develop and share additional targets based on our commitments in the coming months and into 2021.

Our Commitments

image086vi.pngTo further integrate sustainability into our strategy, management decision-making and performance tracking and assessment


image2t1w4.pngTo strengthen local community, Indigenous group and employee resilience, including in recovery and moving forward from COVID-19

To maintain mutually beneficial partnerships with our landowners

imagehqil.pngTo contribute to global efforts to reduce climate change, including setting GHG emission reduction targets


imageas82.pngTo embed a culture of inclusion across our organization and ensure the diversity of employees reflects the communities in which we live and work

To enhance energy sector sustainability through research and development (R&D) and innovation investments

To leave the environment where we work in a condition equal to, or better than, we found it; including biodiversity and land capability

To become a partner of choice for Indigenous groups

To achieve our zero is real safety commitment

image1szad.pngTo demonstrate in words and actions the dual importance of physical and psychological safety



2020 Performance Highlights

Promoting Prosperity


$3.0 billion of infrastructure placed into service during the first half of 2020


$28.3 million donated to more than 1,000 communities in North America in 2019, plus $2.57 million contributed by our workforce


$3.69+ million donated to COVID-19 relief and recovery

Associated targets:


Strategically invest to maintain our community giving at 0.5 per cent to 1 per cent of pre-tax profits

image086vi.pngIncrease annual participation in our workforce giving program to 50 per cent at headquarter office locations and 35 per cent among our regional/field workforce


Protecting our Planet


35%–55% GHG reduction
Use of liquefied natural gas exported to China through our LNG Canada / Coastal GasLink partnership will emit between 35% and 55% fewer GHG emissions than the country's prevailing energy source, domestic coal


9,000 people have greater access to drinking water through our rainwater harvesting program in Mexico


$2.9+ million donated to environmental organizations across North America


We are working internally to understand what our path to net zero could look like.

Empowering People


Almost 30% of our workforce is women


$380+ million spent with Indigenous business in 2019


1+ million hours of employment by Indigenous peoples in 2019

$9+ million spent with U.S. minority-owned businesses in 2019

Associated targets:


Women to hold 40 per cent of all corporate leadership positions by 2025


Members of visible minorities to hold 17 per cent of all corporate leadership positions by 2025



100 per cent of our leaders and employees to be trained on how to recognize and mitigate unconscious bias and how to create and sustain an inclusive workplace by 2022