Pillar 5: Sustainability, reporting and energy transition
Enbridge is committed to forming strategies and collaborative partnerships with Indigenous groups focused on advancing the energy transition to a low-carbon economy and transparently reporting on our progress against our commitments.
|Reporting||Report and disclose progress on IRAP commitments in ESG and Sustainability Report||
|Refresh IRAP commitments and goals every two years||
|Sustainability||Facilitate a thought leader roundtable related to Indigenous inclusion and perspectives in sustainability strategy and policies||
Spotlight: The Wabamun Carbon Hub — advancing carbon capture and storage and Indigenous partnership
A “Hub” of innovation and collaboration — the Open Access Wabamun Carbon Hub creates opportunities to advance partnerships and ownership in new energy projects with Indigenous groups.
In the fight against climate change, the International Energy Agency calls Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) one of the world’s most critical carbon reduction technologies.
As countries like Canada aim to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050, the capture and permanent deep underground storage of carbon dioxide (CO2) is being touted as a vital component of global efforts to contain those emissions from heavy industrial processes, including power generation, cement production and conventional energy production and refining.
One CCS project under development is our Open Access Wabamun Carbon Hub (the Hub) to be located west of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
The Hub would support recently announced carbon capture projects by Capital Power Corporation and Lehigh Cement, which represents an opportunity to avoid nearly four million tonnes of atmospheric CO2 emissions—the equivalent of taking more than 1.2 million cars off the road annually.
The Hub will remain open access for other nearby capture projects and once built, will be one of the world’s largest integrated carbon transportation and storage projects, effectively doubling the amount of CO2 captured and stored today in Canada.
Engagement and dialogue about the Hub started early with Indigenous groups—even before the project was a project. The initial conversations took a “blank sheet of paper” approach and focused on opportunity and what could be. Through listening, learning, and acting in parallel, a partnership on the journey along this energy transition and in advancing carbon reduction, was formed.
In February 2022, Enbridge and the First Nation Capital Investment Partnership (FNCIP) announced a partnership agreement to advance the Hub. The FNCIP was formed by four Treaty 6 Nations—Alexander First Nation, Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation, Enoch Cree Nation, and Paul First Nation—to pursue ownership in major infrastructure projects with commercial partners who share Indigenous values. The Hub is the FNCIP’s first partnership. The Lac Ste. Anne Métis community will also have an opportunity to pursue ownership in future carbon transportation and storage projects with the Hub.