Responsible Energy Development
At TransCanada, environmental responsibility is about pursuing best environmental practices to reduce land disturbance, carbon intensity, energy consumption and water use. TransCanada has invested more than $5 billion building the newest, safest and most efficient assets to meet the growing demand for energy in the coming decades and support a less carbon-intense energy system in North America. That includes the development of the largest wind farms in Canada and Maine, solar generation in Ontario and several historic and certified low-impact hydro facilities along the Connecticut River in the U.S. northeast.
Today, approximately 65 per cent of our power generation comes from low and non-emitting sources including natural gas, nuclear, hydro, wind and solar.
Climate Change Strategy
TransCanada is committed to developing innovative and economically effective solutions to manage climate change and air quality issues. Our strategy includes:
- Conserving energy through improvements to overall facility efficiency.
- Conducting research and development work designed to reduce GHG and air emissions.
- We engage with policymakers, participate in industry association working groups and fund research organizations tht disemmiate public work on climate change.
- Gaining experience with flexible market mechanisms and their role in achieving cost-effective and verifiable GHG reductions.
TransCanada believes in environmental innovation, and continues to invest in research and development to encourage environmentally beneficial technologies and techniques.
Considering the potential impacts construction will have and developing solutions to minimize those impacts is a team effort. Some examples of the work we do during construction with landowners include:
TransCanada is working with Rolls-Royce in the development of high-efficiency turbines to significantly reduce fuel consumption and greenhouse-gas emissions while operating reliably.
We are collaborating with environmental groups and post-secondary institutions across North America to study the effects of pipeline rights-of-way on wildlife, determine more efficient welding techniques and effectively clean-up PCBs from soil.
TransCanada is a key partner in Bruce Power, Canada’s first private nuclear generator that currently provides more than one-quarter of Ontario’s electricity and has played an integral role in keeping Ontario’s air clean and supporting their move away from coal. We are also partial owners of the Cartier Wind Energy project, a wind farm that provides enough energy to meet the electricity needs of about 150,000 households in Quebec.
The pipelines, gas storage facilities and power plants owned and operated by TransCanada are considered to be some of the most technologically advanced in the industry. We have been recognized internationally for our achievements in R&D and our investments in building the newest, safest and most efficient assets to meet North America’s growing demand for energy.
Our efforts in managing our operations’ impacts as they relate to climate change have been, and continue to be, recognized internationally. In 2014, TransCanada was recognized with an industry-leading score on the CDP’s Climate Disclosure Leadership Index. As well, for the 13th year in a row, TransCanada was named to the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index and was also listed on the Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index.
TransCanada continuously invests in research and development to encourage environmentally beneficial technologies and techniques. The pipelines, gas storage facilities and power plants we own and operate are considered to be among the most technologically advanced in the industry.