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Climate Change

Putting Energy in Action to reach global climate ambitions

Climate change is real and an urgent priority.

Which is why Canada’s natural gas and oil industry is doing everything it can to make Canadian energy the world’s most sustainable.

Canadian producers are focused on real – not aspirational – solutions that are cutting emissions today, so we can reach tomorrow’s goals. 

From more efficient projects using next-generation technology, to common-sense solutions like displacing diesel fuel, nothing is off the table as Canada’s natural gas and oil industry works to meet its climate commitments.

Waste Heat Recovery (WHR) captures wasted heat from natural gas and oil production equipment and recycles it to make energy production more energy-efficient. Not only does this keep the emissions out of the air, it also makes the end product cleaner and more sustainable. 

Since 2018, nearly every facility built by NuVista Energy has incorporated Waste Heat Recovery Units  to capture and recycle waste heat.

The technology is so successful that many other Canadian producers like Birchcliff Energy, Tourmaline Oil, and Ovintiv, are also implementing the units to reduce their emissions.

Using diesel to power their field operations was a major contributor to Tourmaline Oil’s overall emissions. In 2017, Tourmaline started shifting away from diesel to cleaner-burning natural gas. To date, they’ve successfully displaced 31 million litres of diesel fuel which is just one of the many initiatives that has helped the company reduce its emissions by over a third in five years.

METHANE EMISSIONS
Methane is among the most potent greenhouse gases. Odourless and invisible, it is released when natural gas is flared or vented or by small leaks, called fugitive emissions, from valves and other equipment used in drilling and production.

Did you know Canada is recognized globally for our efforts to reduce methane emissions, one of the most potent greenhouse gases?

We are the only top-ten natural gas and oil producer in the world with a national carbon tax and methane reduction target. 

And industry is doing its part to make Canada even better when it comes to managing methane. 

Billions have been invested to enhance leak detection and repair, replace high-emitting valves and other devices with more efficient upgrades, and to develop the next-generation innovations that have made Canada world-leader in managing the greenhouse gas. 

Canadian company Crescent Point Energy achieved their 2025 reduction targets early by ensuring no venting of methane emissions on any new wells in their core operating areas. 

Our natural gas and oil industry understands what’s at stake and is putting their energy in action to help reach our climate goals. 

OPTICAL GAS IMAGING (OGI)

Because methane is invisible, detecting leaks can be difficult. Which is why natural gas and oil companies, like Ovintiv, are turning to high tech solutions such as optical gas imaging (OGI). OGI uses high tech cameras capable of detecting methane leaks. OGI surveyors can safely scan thousands of potential leak points. In 2021, just one Canadian company, Ovintiv, conducted over 3,400 OGI surveys.

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Acting locally: thinking globally

Acting locally:
thinking globally

Canada’s natural gas and oil industry is taking action at the local level to reduce its environmental impact. But to meet our global climate ambitions we need to start thinking globally.

Canadian energy policy must shift from a singular focus on reducing domestic emissions from Canada’s natural gas and oil industry.

Because climate change matters, but so does global energy security.

Close to a billion people around the world live without access to electricity. They are using waste products as fuel to feed their families and heat their homes. These countries are looking to increase their standard of living and they need reliable, affordable energy to do so. 

Coal is making a comeback

Many of the countries with restricted access to greener fuel sources for electricity are turning to coal to meet the needs of their growing populations. But coal’s comeback isn’t just in developing countries.

Russia’s illegal, devastating and deadly war in Ukraine threatens Europe’s energy security. Most of the continent’s natural gas is imported from the authoritarian regime of Vladimir Putin. Many of these countries are also turning to coal to meet their energy needs.
In the United States, 50% of the decline since 2005 in power-related CO2 emissions came from switching from coal to natural gas.
SOURCE: JP Morgan 11th Annual Energy Paper

Canada’s natural gas is the answer​

Canada’s natural gas
is the answer​

Canadian natural gas is among the cleanest in the world. A gas-fired power plant has less than half the emissions of a similar coal-fired power plant.

Canada is a natural resource powerhouse. We also have a relatively-small population. Exporting those resources not only makes economic sense, in the case of natural gas, it can play a significant role in the global fight against climate change and help displace the natural gas funding Putin’s war. 

But Canada needs the will to build. 23 liquefied natural gas projects have been proposed to ship Canadian gas to overseas markets – 18 on Canada’s west coast and 5 on our eastern – just one is under construction.