Husky addresses local and regional air quality, assessing equipment and facilities 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’s air quality management strategy includes addressing air pollutant releases, reporting air emissions and compliance with existing and emerging regulations.
The Company works with provincial and federal regulators and industry associations on the development of air quality regulations. The Company supports policies that improve air quality while considering regional activities and competitive issues.
Husky is a member of a number of airshed management groups in Western Canada. It is involved in the Petroleum Technology Alliance of Canada Air Research Planning Committee, which consists of industry peers, government and regulators facilitating air quality research and technology development in the upstream oil and gas industry.
Greenhouse Gas Management Strategy
The Company’s greenhouse gas (GHG) management strategy includes improving the energy efficiency of existing operations, providing customers with low carbon 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 a plan that includes carbon pricing and creates a level-playing field to preserve business competitiveness. It recognizes the importance of aligning Canadian policy with regulations in competing jurisdictions. Husky operates in compliance with the existing climate change regulations implemented by a number of Canadian provinces.
The Company details its GHG emissions risk management approach and metrics in annual submissions to the CDP Climate Response.
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. Equipment components that could produce fugitive emissions are monitored so that leaks are identified, and the components repaired or replaced.
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 partner in the Plains CO2 Reduction (PCOR) Partnership, a multiyear collaboration of more than 80 Canadian and U.S. stakeholders investigating practical and environmentally sound CO2 sequestration projects.