Husky addresses local and regional air quality, assessing equipment and facilities to to mitigate climate-related impacts.
Air quality is a regional issue, as no two areas have the same industrial activity, population density and trans-region movement of air pollutants. Climate change is a global issue, and has been linked to human activity, fossil fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.
Husky manages air quality and climate change issues through its Air Management Framework, consisting of:
- Policy and Regulations
- Emissions Inventory and Reporting
- Emission Reduction Initiatives
- Corporate Governance
Greenhouse Gas Management Strategy
The Company’s greenhouse gas (GHG) strategy includes improving the energy efficiency of existing operations, providing customers with responsible fuels and identifying, developing and adopting new technologies.
Husky works with provincial and federal regulators on the development of GHG and climate change regulations, while supporting the development of a national climate change action plan. It recognizes the importance of aligning Canadian policy with regulations in the United States. In the absence of national and international agreements, many provinces in Canada have developed individual climate change regulations.
Fugitive Emissions Management Program
The unintentional release of hydrocarbons to the atmosphere from equipment leaks or malfunctions is addressed through a Fugitive Emission Management Program.
Carbon Capture and Storage
Husky captures carbon dioxide from its ethanol plant in Lloydminster, Saskatchewan and at its Pikes Peak South Lloyd thermal project. The CO2 is transported to a heavy oil field and used for enhanced oil recovery. The Company continues to evaluate additional technologies.
Husky is a member of ICO2N, an alliance of Canadian industrial companies involved in the implementation of carbon capture and storage. The group is working on a system to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by more than 20 million tonnes per year during the next decade – the equivalent of taking four million cars off the road annually.