Environmental stewardship

Preserve the land, atmosphere and wildlife through sustainable environmental approaches.

How CEPA members continuously improve performance

CEPA Integrity First® is a prime example of how Canada leads the world when it comes to environmental, social and governance (ESG) practices.

Canadians can be proud that the transmission pipelines they count on follow the highest ESG practices thanks to programs like CEPA Integrity First. It was created by CEPA members with the purpose of continuously improving the performance of Canada’s energy pipeline industry to protect the environment and ensure the safety of those who live and work around pipelines.

Through Integrity First, CEPA members work collaboratively to share their knowledge and innovations to drive industry-wide performance improvements in pipeline safety and environmental protection. Integrity First enables pipeline companies to work together to make our industry better – focusing on safety, transparency and responsible operations – striving toward our goal of zero incidents.

7 key priorities:

Integrity First cycle
Integrity First ensures that each priority is put through a six-stage process that is built on a solid foundation of strategic communications and change management to drive continuous improvement.

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The planning, construction and operation of pipelines involve hundreds (if not thousands) of engineers and environmental specialists, including biologists, agrologists, hydrologists and wildlife experts. They work together to protect all aspects of the environment at every stage in the pipeline life cycle, minimizing the impact on the water, wildlife, land and climate.

Priority commitments

As part of CEPA Integrity First, CEPA members adhere to the following commitments for environmental stewardship:

  • Build an environmental protection culture in the context of environmental stewardship by maturing management programs related to soil and vegetation, terrestrial wildlife and wildlife habitat as well as air emissions.
  • Increasingly influence decision making across the asset life cycle by providing consideration for potential environmental impacts.
  • Increasing the sophistication of environmental management programs.
Priority stage

Integrity First ensures that each priority is put through a six-stage cycle that is supported by CEPA and built on a solid foundation of strategic communications and change management.

Find out more about the cycle and each stage.

Safety is our top priority

Pipelines are the safest way to transport the energy Canada and the world need. In fact, Canadian transmission pipelines are among the safest in the world.

In 2019, Canada’s 118,500-kilometre network of transmission pipelines moved 100 per cent of Canada’s natural gas and 92 per cent of Canada’s onshore crude oil production to the people who need it.

Out of 1.7 billion barrels of oil transported by CEPA members, a total of 9.4 barrels were spilled and all were recovered. While this is only a tiny percentage of oil transported, no amount spilled is acceptable to CEPA members, who work toward a common goal of zero incidents.

CEPA members work together to continuously improve what are already among the highest safety standards, and best safety records, in the world. Over 38,000 kilometres of transmission pipelines were inspected from the inside in 2019, and over 2,000 integrity digs were performed to check any anomalies identified. Hundreds of exercises were performed to ensure CEPA member companies’ emergency response teams are prepared. Over $1.5 billion was spent on monitoring to ensure that your energy was delivered safely.

Canada and the world will need natural gas and oil long into the future, and CEPA members transport these resources in the safest, most responsible way.

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