Canada’s Pembina Pipeline targets reduced emissions intensity
Canada’s Pembina Pipeline said October 20 it would commit to reducing its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions intensity by 30% by 2030, relative to a 2019 baseline, by focussing on operational opportunities and greater use of renewable and lower-emission energy sources.
“Pembina has never been one to shy away from a challenge,” Pembina CEO Mick Dilger said. “As the world around us continues to evolve, Pembina is embracing the opportunity to adapt, respond and contribute to a more sustainable future.”
Operational opportunities, Dilger said, include optimising pipeline capacity and operations, incorporating cogeneration facilities at certain facilities, modernising and optimising existing compression facilities, enhancing leak detection and repair programs and reducing flaring and venting.
The company has also introduced a fugitive methane leak detection and repair (LDAR) program at all its natural gas processing, pipeline transportation and handling operations. Its goal is to reduce methane emissions by at least 40% by 2025, from a 2012 baseline.
Other initiatives to reduce GHG emissions include the use of renewable energy, including a recent power purchase agreement (PPA) with TransAlta for output from the 130-MW Garden Plain wind power project in Alberta and the potential for other renewable PPAs across its business lines.
It is also partnering with TC Energy to develop the Alberta Carbon Grid, which at full build-out will be capable of transporting, for sequestration, as much as 20mn mt/yr of CO2.