Pillar One: Environment

Environmental sustainability

Our environmental sustainability efforts focus on:

  • Reducing emissions from our operations
  • Supporting customers in reducing end-use emissions 
  • Protecting the local environment, including plant life, wildlife, wetlands, native prairie and species at risk.

 

valley landscape

Reducing our emissions from operations by 35 per cent by 2030

SaskEnergy is committed to the responsible delivery of energy to the residents, businesses and industries of Saskatchewan. We have set a target to reduce our emissions from operations by 35 per cent, from 2019 levels, by 2030. 

This includes emissions from:

  • our natural gas system
  • heating offices and facilities
  • electricity use
  • equipment used in operations.


Improving our operational efficiency

From 2005 to 2019, we achieved a 61 per cent reduction in our emissions due to operational efficiencies and refined emissions measurements and data.

Leak detection and repair program

We enhanced our leak detection and repair program in 2019 as part of our ongoing efforts to reduce emissions. This resulted in saving approximately 6,500 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions (CO2e) in 2020. That is equivalent to taking 1,414 cars off the road.

Emissions capturing on compressors

In collaboration with industry partners, SaskEnergy installed emission-capturing devices on all new compressors. We also retrofitted existing compressors to reduce emissions from day-to-day operations.

Emissions data measurement system

In collaboration with industry partners, SaskEnergy installed emission-capturing devices on all new compressors. We also retrofitted existing compressors to reduce emissions from day-to-day operations.

 

Reducing customer emissions

Helping customers reduce their emissions and meet their environmental goals is an important part of our energy stewardship strategy. It is also an area in which immediate environmental impacts can be made. 

Average residential gas usage in Saskatchewan declined by 20 per cent over the last 20 years due to improved building design and more efficient natural gas appliances. Decreasing energy usage is the most effective way for customers to reduce their emissions. SaskEnergy’s customer programs support the installation of high-efficiency equipment to optimize natural gas use. This allows customers to reduce end-use emissions and save money.

Since 2017, our energy efficiency programs have helped customers reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 18,900 tonnes CO2e. This is equal to taking more than 4,000 cars off the road.

 
person holding cut out of green house made of grass, with real grass in the ground in background

Protecting the local environment

From project planning and design through to construction, operation and reclamation, SaskEnergy is committed to environmental stewardship. This includes plant life, wildlife, wetlands, native prairie and species at risk.