Sustainability

At TC Energy, delivering world-class energy infrastructure that benefits Indigenous and local communities and Canadians has been a priority since day one.

Our purpose is to deliver the energy people need, every day. We have a direct and important role to play in delivering a shared future that is more equitable, just and ultimately sustainable.

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Environment

Our safety performance and reliability impacts your trust in us. We're committed to keeping you and the environment we operate within safe, today and every day.

That's why our Environment principles of stewardship, protection and performance reflect our culture and guide our decisions every day when building and operating energy infrastructure.

We're committed to protecting the environment throughout the complete life cycle of our assets, from project planning and design, through construction and operations to remediation and reclamation.

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Respecting our environment

Coastal GasLink is committed to meeting some of the highest standards in the world for safety and environmental protection throughout operations and potential future growth projects.

To help reduce our footprint and make informed decisions about Coastal GasLink, our team worked hard to proactively identify and mitigate potential issues. This means:

  • Collecting information about the local environment and sensitive environmental features for construction planning and identifying appropriate measures to mitigate potentially adverse effects.
  • Conducting field studies to gather details about heritage resources, vegetation, wetlands, soil, wildlife and aquatic habitats.
  • Engaging with Indigenous communities to collect Traditional Land Use information and Traditional Ecological Knowledge and to learn about potential concerns and issues.
  • Designing our construction and operating footprint to reduce effects on sensitive environmental features and traditional use areas.

Environmental considerations on pipeline route 

The reclamation preparation and planning process begins long before the start of construction. Based on pre-construction vegetation information, a plan for reestablishing ecologically suitable species is developed and implemented.

Learn more about how Coastal GasLink is committed to the highest safety and environmental protection standards. 

Post-Construction

Restoring land capability

Over the course of our 70+ year history, TC Energy has successfully reclaimed hundreds of thousands of acres of land in arid grasslands, mountainous regions, sandy soils, forests, wetlands and rich croplands. We value the landscape where we live, where we work and where we play, and like you, we care about the environment.  That means we want to cause as little disturbance to the land and to those who use it as possible.

Restoring land - Coastal GasLink Headwall

TC Energy’s environmental practices have been internationally recognized for:

  • Being one of the first companies to apply horizontal directional drilling versus open cut for larger river crossings.
  • Pioneering the use of innovative winter construction techniques through short grass prairie ecosystems to ensure minimal impacts.
  • Investing significantly in the preservation and enhancement of endangered species habitats.
  • Adopting and developing new technology to make our pipelines more energy efficient and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Applying mobile compressors to reduce methane emissions during maintenance programs.
  • Inviting Indigenous members to monitor construction, reporting back to their communities on the project’s construction activities and environmental performance

Communities

Real relationships with Indigenous and local communities

We are setting a new standard for how critical energy infrastructure can be built and safely operated when it comes to working with Indigenous and local communities.

From the very beginning, community feedback was instrumental in designing a project that respected the interests and needs of Indigenous and local communities, while charting a path for Canada’s first new pipeline to the west coast in over 70 years.

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Working with Indigenous groups

Over several years, we met with Indigenous Nations along the route to understand their concerns, values and interests before we ever designed the project. These conversations and engagements led to meaningful, mutually beneficial agreements between the project and all twenty elected First Nations communities across the right-of-way.

During the construction of Coastal GasLink over $1.4B in sub-contracts were awarded to local Indigenous businesses. Many of these businesses represented joint ventures between existing local non-Indigenous businesses and Indigenous communities.

In 2022, TC Energy signed option agreements to sell a 10 per cent equity interest in Coastal GasLink to Indigenous Nations along the project route. This historic opportunity is an important step on the path to true partnership through equity ownership in the Project.

Long before construction began, we made collaboration and community feedback a priority. That feedback drove the development of vital programs  such as the  Construction Monitoring and Community Liaison (CMCL) Program and the Community Workforce Accommodation Advisor (CWAA) Program.

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Construction Monitor and Community Liaisons

The CMCL program provides opportunities for Indigenous members to participate in construction within their traditional territory for the purposes of observing, recording and reporting on construction activities to their communities.

The program was initially intended to end once the project achieved mechanical completion. Based on feedback from CMCL Advisors and their Indigenous Nations, we adjusted it to ensure Advisors can monitor construction until final clean up in their traditional territory.

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Community Workforce Accommodation Advisors

A first-of-its-kind program, CWAA’s helped foster inclusive workforce accommodations by promoting the rich cultures and traditions of Indigenous communities.
CWA Advisors organized programming for the workforce to support mental wellness, cross-cultural sharing and community connection.

The CWAA Program ended in November 2023 when the lodges closed. We appreciate the many contributions the CWA Advisors have made and will continue to incorporate best practices and feedback when planning for future projects where Indigenous monitoring programs will be implemented.  

Delivering lasting benefits

To date, Coastal GasLink and TC Energy have contributed over $13 million in community investments and sponsorships for communities along the right-of-way.

Whether it’s partnering with community groups or supporting local initiatives, our goal is to support strong and vibrant communities along the Coastal GasLink route.  As we move into operations, we remain committed to investing in initiatives, providing lasting benefits for the life cycle of the project.

Pathways to Pipeline Readiness Program

Coastal GasLink’s Pathways to Pipeline Readiness Program is focused on helping build Northern B.C.’s skilled workforce and aims to grow workers’ transferable skills. We’re investing in regional partnerships with existing skills training and education organizations across Northern B.C. Since 2014, we have sponsored 1,000+ classroom seats, scholarships and bursaries for B.C. students, preparing them for projects like Coastal GasLink and other jobs well into the future.

Pathways to Pipeline Readiness Program

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