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The green trend: TC Energy pledges to be carbon-free by 205011/01/2021
To achieve carbon neutrality from operations, TC Energy Corporation announced its environmental, social, and governance (ESG) goals, as well as emission reduction strategies.
Currently, this Calgary-based Canadian company is a leading midstream energy services provider among those focused on natural gas. Yet, aside from pipeline maintenance and power generation, the company also distributes and stores natural gas.
Over the past six months, TC Energy's stock has outperformed the industry average with almost a 3 point lead: gaining 11.3% versus 8.6%.
Due to the global industry moving towards green energy, an increasing number of investors and environmental groups are pushing the company to become 100% emission-free by 2050. In addition, these pressures align with the plans of Canada's prime minister, Justin Trudeau, which envisions a relatively quick transition for the country from carbon to renewable energy sources.
Thus, it came as no surprise when TC Energy announced that it would target this goal alongside them, as well as hope to cut greenhouse-gas emissions intensity from its operations by 30% by 2030.
Five major areas will be targeted by the company to reduce the intensity of its emissions. By acquiring low-carbon energy sources and investing in low-carbon energy, TC Energy will reduce its carbon emissions. It also plans to use carbon credits and offsets. Aside from this, the company also plans to improve efficiencies in its operations with some additional automation of the linear processes. It will help manage emissions, reduce methane leaks and flaring from normal operations.
The carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrogen oxide emissions that TC Energy targets pertain to Scope 1 and 2. The company's natural gas pipeline assets generate these emissions primarily from fuel combustion. It is commendable, that as an interim measure to reach net-zero emissions, TC Energy also commits to reducing Scope 3 emissions.
Additionally, a partnership between TC Energy and Nikola Corporation NKLA was announced in early October in order to build hydrogen production facilities in the U.S. and Canada, as part of each company's sustainability initiatives. Hydrogen is particularly important when it comes to carbon neutrality.
But TC Energy is not alone in this process. Investors' demands to reduce emissions have pushed a lot of industry's top players to set targets to increase renewable capacity and improve efficiency. And in order to clean up the environment, energy companies invested billions of dollars in renewable energy.
Pipeline operator Enbridge Inc. is a prime example of such a trend. Last year the company set emissions reduction targets, hoping to be a net-zero emitter of greenhouse gases by 2050 as well. In the future, we anticipate that there will be a significant increase in pledges like this one. But whether or not they will be fruitful still remains to be seen.
If you are interested in learning more about the industry's journey to sustainability, as well as how it may impact your local businesses, please, connect with our Houston sales office to see our intelligence for yourself.
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