Protecting what matters
Enbridge rises to No. 46 on Global 100 sustainability index
Because every drop counts.
That’s the simplest way to explain why we’ve sharpened our focus at Enbridge on water consumption and water protection.
“For many of us, water protection and water stewardship are personal issues—and there’s an ongoing shift in public attitudes over water management, and how it relates to corporate performance,” says Linda Coady, Enbridge’s Chief Sustainability Officer.
Today, during the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Enbridge was named to the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations list for the seventh straight year, and 10th time overall.
Enbridge is ranked No. 46 worldwide—up from our No. 64 overall ranking last year—and third among Canadian corporations. That improvement is due, at least in part, to the fact that we now monitor our water consumption and waste productivity for the annual Global 100 index.
This marks the second year that we’ve tracked and reported that information for the Global 100, a well-established standard for evaluating corporate performance on key social and environmental issues.
Enbridge is the only Canadian energy-sector company named to this year’s index; a total of nine Canadian companies were selected for the 2016 edition of the Global 100.
Relatively speaking, Enbridge does not use a significant amount of water for our ongoing operations. We currently track the water volumes required for hydrostatic testing of our pipelines—with all but about one percent of that water cleaned, treated, and released back into the environment.
However, we expect to broaden the scope of our water consumption data in the future. And our ongoing initiatives in the area of water protection include:
- Investing heavily in prevention techniques, inspection tools and detection systems to prevent spills along our crude oil pipeline network;
- Actively testing and validating commercially available technologies for enhanced pipeline safety in high-consequence areas, including water ecosystems; and
- Actively working with emergency responders to be prepared in the event of an incident, while maintaining detailed emergency response plans that guide our response based on specific types of watercourses and water bodies.
In the past year, Coady has also reached out to groups across the United States and Canada focused on water issues. We’ll be using their feedback to potentially further reduce water risks, and improve our approach to water stewardship.
As for waste, our natural gas utility, Enbridge Gas Distribution, has begun tracking waste generation and diversion.
The annual Global 100 list is maintained by Corporate Knights, a Toronto-based media and investment advisory company.
This year, Global 100 analysts scrutinized more than 4,600 companies worldwide using 12 sustainability indicators—examining factors such as energy, carbon, water and waste productivity; operating income and taxes; capacity for innovation; greenhouse gas emissions; workplace safety performance; and employee compensation, turnover and pension plans.