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Why pipelines are integral to our energy future.

Because delivering the reliable, resilient, sustainable and affordable natural gas and oil you need should be done in the safest, most responsible way.

Low emission natural gas is shipped by pipelines

As the world addresses climate change, Canada’s natural gas transported by pipelines will be an important part of the solution. Natural gas and LNG from Canada can help lower GHG emissions when they are used to displace higher-emitting fuels for power generation. Canada’s abundant supply of natural gas (we are the fourth largest producer in the world) needs pipelines to transport it to markets here at home and around the world.

Near-zero emission hydrogen is shipped by pipelines

Hydrogen is a near-zero emission fuel source, and Canada is one of the world’s top 10 producers. Alberta already has an existing hydrogen pipeline. CEPA members are developing and investing in hydrogen strategies that will help Canada meet its own emissions targets and position the country to be a global supplier of hydrogen.

You count on natural gas and oil shipped by pipelines

Pipelines safely transport the natural gas and oil you count on for travelling, heating your home, cooking, transporting goods, growing food and so much more. About 70 per cent1 of fuel needs in Canada today are met by natural gas and oil. And 92 per cent of Canada’s oil and 100 per cent of its natural gas are shipped by pipeline. While the proportion of energy production from alternative sources like solar and wind is rising, forecasts indicate natural gas and oil could still provide over 50 per cent of the world’s energy in 2040.2

Sources:
1. Natural Resources Canada, Energy Factbook 2019-2020
2. International Energy Agency, World Energy Outlook 2020

The energy the world relies on is evolving. Canada’s energy, and the critical transmission pipelines that move it, are evolving as well, to deliver the reliable, resilient, sustainable and affordable energy the world needs.

Reliable

Delivering the energy you need when you need it.
Pandemic-proof energy supply

CEPA members are prepared to respond to emergencies, including the COVID-19 pandemic. CEPA members responded quickly and adapted to maintain continuous energy supply to feed Canadians, heat our homes, workplaces and hospitals, and power our electricity systems.

Integral to renewable energy sources

Solar panels don’t produce energy at night. Wind power is only generated when it’s windy. To ensure renewable energy can grow, natural gas is the fail-safe fuel we can always count on. CEPA member company pipelines deliver the natural gas the world needs to support renewable energy sources. In addition, natural gas and oil products are integral to manufacturing and transporting wind turbines and solar panels.

Resilient

Overcoming obstacles to deliver the energy you need, while providing materials to produce a wide range of vital products we use every day including medical supplies.
Energy in the harshest conditions

Canada has one of the most challenging environments on earth. CEPA member company pipelines deliver energy, year-round, in all conditions.

Able to provide thousands of products

Natural gas and oil are essential ingredients in thousands of products you count on every day, from your smart phone to the seats in your car to the personal protective equipment that has helped keep us safe during the pandemic. For example, the new Heartland Petrochemical Complex near Edmonton converts locally sourced, low-cost propane into polypropylene, a substance used in the manufacturing of a wide range of essential products.

Cybersecurity to protect from terrorist attacks or ransomware

CEPA members have sophisticated programs, management systems, redundancies and protocols in place to proactively guard against cyberthreats. Losing energy supply for even one day could have profound impacts on the lives of Canadians.

Sustainable

Fighting climate change by lowering greenhouse gas emissions.
Lowering emissions from oil

Significant reductions in carbon emissions from oil have been achieved through large investments in low-carbon energy and clean technology. For example, investing $1 billion per year since 2012 has made oil sands companies global leaders in research and development. Through evolving technologies, oil sands GHG intensity has been reduced by over 20 per cent over the last decade.

Low emission natural gas and LNG

Canada is the fourth largest producer and sixth largest exporter of natural gas in the world, so the potential for us to help cut global emissions is huge. By using this low emission energy source, in the form of natural gas or liquified natural gas (LNG) shipped worldwide, we can displace higher emitting fuel sources and cut global emissions significantly.

World Governance Indicator (WGI) Standings for nations with largest oil reserves
World leading safety and regulatory standards

Canada’s energy industry has some of the strictest safety and regulatory standards in the world. Provincial and federal regulatory standards across environmental, socio-economic, safety, Indigenous, cybersecurity and other important areas are world-leading – and help make the Canadian energy sector a global environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) leader.

The weighted ranking of ESG standards for nations with the largest oil reserves where relevant ESG measurements are available. Includes Worldwide Governance Indicators 2018, Social Progress Index 2019 and Yale Environmental Performance Index 2020.

ESG standings for nations with largest oil reserves
Canada leads the world in Environment, Social and Governance Standards (ESG)

As a leader in all environmental, social and governance categories or “ESG”, Canada is setting a high standard that all Canadians can be proud of. CEPA’s focus on continuously improving safety and environmental standards and our members’ socio-economic contributions ensure the transportation of Canadian natural gas and oil is among the most responsible in the world.

The weighted ranking of ESG standards for nations with the largest oil reserves where relevant ESG measurements are available. Includes Worldwide Governance Indicators 2018, Social Progress Index 2019 and Yale Environmental Performance Index 2020.

Carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS)

Canadian carbon capture, utilization and storage technology reduces emissions by capturing carbon before it enters the atmosphere. For example, the Alberta Carbon Trunk Line is the world’s newest integrated, large-scale CCUS system. It captures and transports CO2 for enhanced oil recovery, and then stores it safely beneath the ground in depleted oil reservoirs.

Pipelines needed to ship near-zero emission hydrogen

Hydrogen is a near-zero emission fuel source, and Canada is one of the world’s top 10 producers. Hydrogen is a real opportunity to cut global emissions dramatically, and it needs pipelines. Alberta already has an existing hydrogen pipeline, and CEPA members are developing and investing in hydrogen strategies that will help Canada meet its own emissions targets and position Canada to be a global supplier of hydrogen.

Affordable

Ensuring a supply of affordable energy for all nations to grow and prosper.
Keeping the price you pay for energy low

Energy plays a big role in your life, including electricity generation, fuel for transportation and natural gas for heating and cooking. Recent figures show energy accounted for almost seven per cent* of Canadian household consumption, so keeping the costs of that energy low is important.

*https://www.nrcan.gc.ca/sites/www.nrcan.gc.ca/files/energy/pdf/energy-factbook-oct2-2018%20(1).pdf

Global natural gas demand forecasts, 2018-2025
Global crude oil demand forecasts, 2018-2025
Meeting global energy demand

Energy demand is growing. Why? First, world population is growing. It is forecast to reach almost 10 billion by 2050. Second, developing nations are increasing energy consumption to improve the lives of their people and drive their economies, and these countries need affordable energy. Meeting this demand means counting on all sources in the energy mix.

Source: IEA World Energy Outlook, Oil demand forecast 2010-2026 and Gas demand forecast 2019-2025

Evolving for tomorrow

The world needs reliable, resilient, sustainable and affordable energy. Canada’s critical transmission pipelines will continue to safely and responsibly deliver this energy, meeting the needs of Canadians and the world.

About this
report

Canadians want honest, transparent reporting about the safety, environmental protection and socio-economic contributions of the transmission pipeline industry, as well as our ongoing efforts to evolve for tomorrow.

The 2021 Transmission Pipeline Industry Performance Report captures CEPA member performance in 2020. This voluntary report produced by CEPA (our seventh annual) is part of our industry’s commitment to transparency and accountability as CEPA members work together to share best practices, learn from one another and collectively improve the entire industry to serve Canada and the world.

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About CEPA

Find out more about the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association (CEPA). CEPA represents the country’s transmission pipeline companies that are working together to safely and responsibly transport the natural gas and oil, and increasingly hydrogen, renewable natural gas and biofuels, that Canada and the world need.

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Benefits and Performance

Discover how CEPA members overcame the challenges of the pandemic in 2020 to safely deliver Canada’s natural gas and oil across Canada and for export to nations throughout the world.

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Evolving for Tomorrow

The energy mix the world relies on is evolving. Explore the many ways CEPA member pipelines are evolving as well to deliver the reliable, resilient, sustainable and affordable energy you need.

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Continuous Improvement

The strength of CEPA is through collaboration – members do not compete on safety. Discover how CEPA members work together to continuously improve the safe and reliable delivery of the energy you need.

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Message from the President & CEO and Board Chair

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