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TC Energy showcases ESG initiatives

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On 14 June, TC Energy Corp. (TC Energy) showcased the company’s progress on environmental, social and governance (ESG) matters at its inaugural ESG Forum.

The company continues to take deliberate and defined action to achieve its sustainability goals, including its climate-related goals to reduce emissions intensity from operations 30% by 2030, and to position to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050. Some of the company’s latest ESG highlights include:

  • Joining the UN Global Compact – the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative that is aligning companies’ actions with universal principles on human rights, labour, the environment and anti-corruption.
  • Appointing Cheryl Campbell as a new independent Director to the Board on 7 June 2022 – Cheryl brings extensive experience in the midstream energy sector and is the company’s fifth female Board member. This brings TC Energy’s female Board representation to 38%, exceeding its 30% target.
  • And, this week, the company will begin off-taking renewable power under a new power purchase agreement (PPA) with Elemental Energy, whose new 20 MW solar power generation facility in Strathmore, Alberta, starts operations on 15 June. Their 15-year PPA further enhances TC Energy’s suite of low-carbon product offerings to our customer base in Alberta.

The event included presentations from François Poirier, President & CEO, other members of the executive leadership team, and leaders at the forefront of the company’s energy transition strategy.

Comments from François Poirier, President and CEO:

“The challenge we face globally is to achieve a transition to cleaner energy while meeting the world’s ongoing demand and prioritising a strong commitment to all ESG pillars. Because of our dominant incumbent position, energy transition is a significant catalyst for our next wave of growth. We have an immense opportunity to leverage our competitive strengths and be a leader in finding solutions.

“We are also further embedding ESG into our strategy and decision making. We are finding meaningful ways to work with stakeholders and communities, attract top talent and empower our people – all while continuing to deliver sustainable shareholder returns and long-term value.”

Significant advancements across the ESG spectrum

In the first half of 2022, TC Energy made additional advancements towards ESG and energy transition goals including:

Environmental

  • Began evaluating a plan for a hydrogen production hub in Crossfield, Alberta, together with partner Nikola Corp. The company highlighted its plan during the first-ever Canadian Hydrogen Convention in Edmonton, Alberta, in April.
  • Initiated a collaboration with GreenGasUSA to explore development of transportation hubs for renewable natural gas (RNG) from sources including farms, wastewater treatment facilities and landfills.
  • Advanced the proposed Alberta Carbon Grid (ACG) project, a collaboration with Pembina Pipeline Corp. In March, the Government of Alberta confirmed that the ACG project will move forward into the next stages of the province’s carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS) process.
  • Continued investing in emerging technologies such as Carbon Clean’s innovative carbon capture technology for heavy industry. The company views the Carbon Clean technology as highly promising to reduce GHG emissions on many of its current assets.
  • Continued to progress a US$25 billion secured capital programme, which includes projects to modernise and electrify current systems, displace higher emissions fuel sources with cleaner-burning natural gas, and provide enhanced access to overseas LNG markets.

Social

  • Announced signing of option agreements to sell a 10% equity interest in the Coastal GasLink Pipeline Ltd Partnership to Indigenous communities across the project corridor. The equity option recognises the important relationship that TC Energy and Coastal GasLink have with the Indigenous groups along the approved pipeline route and the desire to be true partners.

Governance

  • Further connected ESG and energy transition to the company’s business strategy through its corporate scorecard. For 2022, scorecard weightings, which have a direct impact on executive and all employees’ compensation, are: 25% for progressing ESG priorities, including safety; 50% for delivering financial results; and 25% for advancing other key strategic priorities, including growth and energy transition.

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