How Canada’s pipelines are contributing to a sustainable energy future

CEPA releases its 2021 Transmission Pipeline Industry Performance Report

Canadians use energy every single day. From the moment the alarm clock buzzes in the morning to the time we turn off the bedside light at night. Many aspects of our lives depend on energy products like natural gas, oil, propane, jet fuel and hydrogen. Almost all of it is delivered by thousands of kilometres of pipelines.

Canadians use energy every single day. From the moment the alarm clock buzzes in the morning to the time we turn off the bedside light at night. Many aspects of our lives depend on energy products like natural gas, oil, propane, jet fuel and hydrogen. Almost all of it is delivered by thousands of kilometres of pipelines.

As the world addresses climate change, the energy mix we use is evolving, and the pipelines that deliver that energy are advancing too. This progress is the focus of the 2021 Transmission Pipeline Industry Performance Report, which was created by the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association (CEPA).

“Canadian natural gas, oil and other energy products continue to play a critical role in the energy mix now and as the world transitions to a lower-carbon energy future,” said Chris Bloomer, President and Chief Executive Officer of CEPA. “The 2021 performance report highlights CEPA members’ innovation and continuous improvement in creating a sustainable energy future for Canada.”

 

Safe, reliable energy during a global pandemic

 

The report examines how CEPA member companies safely delivered the energy products we need, while protecting the environment and contributing to Canada’s economic success in 2020 – during the global COVID-19 pandemic.

As Canadians struggled with the uncertainty of COVID-19, they could always count on the safe and reliable delivery of their energy. In 2020, that meant 4.5 trillion cubic feet of natural gas (about the same as 900 million standard balloons) and 1.3 billion barrels of crude oil (about the same as 1.3 billion small bathtubs). That energy was used to feed Canadians, heat our homes, workplaces and hospitals, power our electricity systems and manufacture thousands of everyday products.

We all expect reliable energy – during a pandemic or not – and pipelines will continue to ensure the energy you need is there when you need it.

 

Supporting Canada’s economic recovery

 

The report also examines the important role pipelines will play as Canada’s economy begins to recover from the pandemic. In 2020, CEPA members were responsible for thousands of jobs while contributing hundreds of millions of dollars in tax revenue for municipalities and other levels of government. That funding is contributing to the critical government programs, including health care and education, that are needed today and in the future

Looking to the future, tax revenues from the pipeline industry will also play an important role in helping the government fund new technologies that support Canada’s move to a lower carbon future.

 

Canadian energy: Evolving for tomorrow

 

The industry is also working to reduce its own greenhouse gas emissions through new technology. It is researching ways to retrofit current pipeline systems to transport emerging clean burning fuels such as hydrogen. Pipelines are delivering Canada’s cleaner burning natural gas to ports for shipment around the world, displacing higher emitting sources of energy in other countries and helping to lower global emissions.

As we look to the future, the energy mix must continue to be reliable, resilient, sustainable and affordable. In the coming weeks we will examine what each of those words mean to you, and how Canada’s transmission pipelines are evolving to ensure the energy of the future continues to be delivered in the safest, most responsible way.

The full 2021 Transmission Pipeline Industry Performance Report is available at pr21.cepa.com.