Our Emissions Management team's loss is everyone’s gain

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As SaskEnergy works toward the goal of reducing emissions by 35 per cent by 2030, our Emissions Management team is leading the charge. 

A small but mighty team of four employees, all of their work hinges on SaskEnergy’s environmental regulatory compliance requirements and voluntary commitments related to emissions reduction. 

This team is also responsible for capital projects connected to SaskEnergy’s Roadmap to 35 per cent by 2030, and provides project support for emissions requirements at new or upgraded facilities. In this capacity, they work with teams across the company — from engineers to the finance department, and everyone in between. 

“I can also honestly say that SaskEnergy has the most collaborative and positive culture of any place I’ve worked,” says Lori Parks, Manager of Emissions Management.

“It has been fulfilling to see the results of our emissions projects and have the opportunity to work with many different groups to achieve these results,” adds Senior Emissions Advisor Jordan Leugner.

The Emissions Management team calculates SaskEnergy’s air contaminant and greenhouse gas emissions. They then report this data to relevant regulatory bodies — primarily Environment & Climate Change Canada and the Ministry of Energy and Resources.

“The ever-changing regulations keep us on our toes,” says Lori. “We know that future regulations are coming that will require some changes to our plans to ensure we are compliant.”

The team’s work also involves educating SaskEnergy staff about climate policy and compliance, connecting with regulators, and researching new technologies to mitigate emissions and improve data quality.

Since SaskEnergy’s Roadmap was created in 2021-22, there is now more than two years’ worth of data to inform the team’s decisions and help them adjust to changes as required.

With university degrees in environmental systems engineering, industrial systems engineering, biology, geology and geography, each of the team members share SaskEnergy’s value of stewardship.  

“I believe that the oil and gas industry can and needs to exist in some capacity for reliable energy, while also carrying out business in a responsible and sustainable manner,” says Trevor Ficor, Emissions Engineer (Engineer-in-Training).

“Overall, I think that my job as an emissions engineer contributes to a cleaner future, which is why I care about the work I do,” says Jayson Domingo, Emissions Engineer (Engineer-in-Training).