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Climate change

Our commitment

Climate change is one of the most pressing societal issues of our time and requires credible and concrete actions by everyone—corporations, governments and individuals—to see real and positive change.

Our role in the energy transition will involve diversifying our energy portfolio, investing in innovative new technologies and setting attainable sustainability and GHG emissions reduction targets and goals that progress our organization and industry towards a more sustainable future.

  • We are a signatory to the Methane Guiding Principles and strive to continually reduce methane emissions.
  • In 2021, we set GHG emissions reductions targets with two main goals:
    • Reduce the GHG emissions intensity of our operations by 30 per cent by 2030; and,
    • Position to achieve net zero emissions from our operations by 2050.
  • We invest millions of dollars each year in the advancement and research of new technologies.
  • We collaborate with industry and government partners to advance environmental stewardship across the energy industry.
  • We support environment-focused non-profit organizations through our community giving program.

We have many activities underway to reduce emissions and develop solutions for the future — for example, leak detection and repair programs, natural gas pipeline modernization and electrification programs, solar and battery storage projects, pumped hydro storage projects, transportation of renewable natural gas, and promising possibilities for developing carbon capture and storage solutions.

For more information, see our GHG Emissions Reduction Plan, Report on Reliability of Methane Emissions Disclosure and Report on Climate-related Lobbying.


Spotlight on: Methane emissions reductions

We have been a driving force in the pipeline industry on developing and implementing new practices and technologies to reduce fugitive emissions during routine operations and maintenance.

During maintenance, the use of pull-down compressors (such as the one pictured on the left) and hot tap procedures help us capture and recycle methane emissions. During operation, our Fugitive Emissions Inspection and Leak Repair Program enables us to identify leaks on pipeline and compressor station valves and other components to help reduce releases of natural gas.

We are investing in new technology in our operations to improve tracking of our natural gas pipeline fugitive emissions data at valve sites, meter stations and compressor stations. The technology will improve operations and regulatory reporting activities resulting in improved ability to plan maintenance activities.

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Investing in leading-edge technology

TC Energy is pursuing a novel, utility-scale solar-plus-storage electricity generation facility near Aldersyde, Alberta, with support from Emissions Reductions Alberta. The project will use state-of-the-art bifacial solar panels that are double-sided to take advantage of the indirect sunlight from reflective ground cover such as snow-covered surfaces found in Alberta during the winter months. Flow battery storage technology would also allow the solar energy to be stored for up to eight hours for use at times of peak electricity demand.

The innovative project will provide direct GHG benefits through the generation of emissions-free renewable power to meet the needs of 3,000 homes. The project will also help prove the technical and commercial viability of these technologies for wider scale adoption.