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EPCOR's Environment and Climate Change Strategy​

Our environment and climate change strategy, adopted in 2019, has three objectives.

​Each objective is supported by ongoing initiatives and projects, embedded in our long-term plan and annual operating plans, reported annually to executive leadership and the board, and summarized in our 2020 ESG report and our Annual Information Form.

Reduce our enviro​nmental footprint

Improve the resilience of utility infrastructure

Help communities and customers reduce their own environmental footprint and increase their resilience

​​Environmental performance is at the heart of our operations 

Our Senior Vice President, Corporate Services, John Elford shares why our people are excited to help solve challenges to reduce our environmental footprint and protect against the impacts of climate change – while still keeping essential services running. ​

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 Reduce EPCOR's environmental footprint

  • Reduce net greenhouse gas emissions 50% by 2025 through green power
  • Eliminate PCBs above 50 parts per million from electricity infrastructure by 2023
  • Reduce emissions and energy use from fleet vehicles through tracking and driver feedback
  • Reduce energy consumption through investments in HVAC, lighting and heat recovery systems
  • Prevent increases in total loadings of suspended solids to the North Saskatchewan River
  • Maintain effluent reuse in Arizona and New Mexico to reduce pressure on source water supplies

​​​ Utility infrastructure resilience

  • Implement a multi-year capital program to protect Edmonton's two water treatment plants and electrical substations from the impacts of a 1:200-year river flood
  • Complete studies and capital program development to protect Edmonton's wastewater treatment plant from a 1:500-year flood
  • Conduct reviews and updates to electrical infrastructure specifications for climate-driven risks such as extreme heat, storm events and high wind events
  • Make risk-based investments in utility infrastructure renewal, targeting assets based on risk and impact of failure, and implement drainage system investments to protect the sewer system from corrosion​

 Community resilience and environmental footprint

  • Implement our Edmonton flood mitigation program— a  20-year, $1.6 billion system-wide plan to protect homes, businesses and essential services by mitigating flood risk
  • Grow our​ capacity to recharge Arizona aquifers to 8 million gallons per day (MGD) of treated effluent through expansion of the Luke 303 Regional Water Reclamation facility
  • Prepare Edmonton's electricity grid to support customer choice as households adopt electric vehicles and self-generation of electricity
  • Enable the adoption of electric vehicles through the development of community charging stations
  • Offer customers convenient options to green their power supply
  • Enable the greening of the community's natural gas supply by converting biogas from wastewater treatment into renewable natural gas and delivering it for community use
  • Provide educational tools and resources to help customers achieve energy and water efficiency, resource conservation and home flood proofing

Luke 303 Water Reclamation Facility​

The Luke 303 Water Reclamation Facility has a strong sustainability component. Once the expansion is complete, the facility will recharge up to 8 million gallons of treated effluent into the ground every day.

Learn how the Luke 303 Regional Water Reclamation Facility – in one of the fastest-growing areas of Greater Phoenix – is ensuring long-term water system reliability and fueling the economy.