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We first disclosed our greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions more than 20 years ago, and began working to reduce them. Today, emissions total about 193,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (tCO2eq) per year.

In 2019, we announced our commitment, as a member of Edmonton's Corporate Climate Leaders program, to reduce the company's greenhouse gas footprint inside the City of Edmonton by 70% relative to 2012 emissions. The goal would be achieved by using 100% green electricity for all of EPCOR's Edmonton-based operations.

With the publication of our ESG report, we're broadening and deepening our commitment to climate leadership. Our accelerated pathway to net zero will see:

  • A 50% reduction in net greenhouse gas emissions company-wide by 2025
  • An 85% reduction by 2035
  • Net zero emissions by 2050
​​From biogas capture to wind and solar energy, we're working to develop alternative forms of energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions company-wide 50% by 2025. EPCOR’s Craig Bonneville talks about the challenge in meeting this goal — and the opportunity.​

 

These more ambitious targets — which now encompass all EPCOR-owned Canadian and American operations and use 2020 as a baseline — reflect the urgent need for climate action, and will deliver early reductions that support the achievement of Canada's targets under the Paris Agreement.

The work to achieve the 2025 target is already well underway. We're developing an on-site solar resource to power our Edmonton water operations, and a green power initiative that is leading to the development of a new wind power resource in southern Alberta. Together, these are expected to reduce net emissions by more than 95,000 tCO​2eq per year.

Upcoming strategic initiatives will identify the​ best ways to achieve the deeper reductions needed to meet our 2035 and 2050 targets. The accelerating pace of vehicle electrification, the growing potential for renewable natural gas as a source of energy, and the greening of the electricity grid supply, are each potential enablers of emission reductions. But reaching net zero will require internal innovation, and close collaboration with regulators and policymakers.

Did you know?

Our Rossdale and E.L. Smith water treatment plants and Gold Bar wastewater treatment pl​ant are three of the five largest users of electricity connected to Edmonton's power distribution grid.  ​​​​​

Sources of emissions

More than 75% of EPCOR’s greenhouse gas footprint is Scope 2 emissions from electricity consumption. Most of this electricity is used to pump large volumes of drinking water through the treatment process, to customers, and to move and treat wastewater. We continue to invest in energy efficiency, but the primary focus for these emissions is on greening the electricity supply.

Nearly 10% of our emissions come from the biological nutrient removal process used in wastewater treatment. Nearly all remaining emissions are from the consumption of natural gas for heating, and fuel for vehicles, with minor residual emissions from releases of sulphur hexafluoride (SF​6) from electrical equipment.

 

​GHG emissions by source (tonnes CO2 eq)​