Husky Energy Expands GHG Emissions Reporting to Meet Growing Compliance and Sustainability Requirements

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Courtesy of IHS

Sustainability requires a culture of proactive, continuous improvement. Husky Energy Inc., one of Canada’s largest energy companies, is committed to managing business in a socially responsible manner, focused on sustainable development and environmental stewardship. To achieve this strategic goal, Husky’s managers constantly monitor, assess and report on the company’s progress with their Environmental Performance Reporting System (EPRS) – an enterprise-wide information hub built on IHS opsInfo software, part of the IHS Environmental Performance Solution. EPRS enables Husky to track and calculate environmental performance in areas such as production energy intensity and carbon intensity index with improved accuracy and increased frequency.

Husky’s strength in environmental information management was put to the test in 2010, when British Colombia’s government issued its Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act Reporting Regulation. The new rules require companies to provide much more granular data and the methodology was very stringent and specific. Historically, Husky had only been required to include large facilities that generate a significant emissions and large pieces of equipment. Now, within just one year, the company had to include smaller facilities and many small pieces of equipment.

The new reporting requirements meant that Husky’s reporting obligations grew from 12 facilities with 14 pieces of equipment to over 136 facilities with 858 pieces of equipment. To achieve compliance with the new mandate, the company now needed to report on all well-level drilling emissions as well as tracking and reporting emissions down to the equipment level.

“Some of the agency requirements and methodologies are incredibly onerous. It’s not cost effective to report down to the level they requested, it would take too many resources. And, equally important, it won’t necessarily provide them with the data accuracy they need,” says Shannon Hiebert, Coordinator for Sustainability Initiatives at Husky. “Our system enabled us to approach government agencies regarding their policies or regulations and provide recommendations for achieving their desired outcome.”

By working through CAPP, the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, Husky proactively offered recommendations for more efficient and effective ways of capturing the information that the government agencies need. These recommendations were accepted by the provincial regulator. EPRS is now central to Husky’s new approach.

The Challenges

  • Manage increasingly complex regulatory requirements and expand the scope of emissions reporting to ensure compliance
  • Continuously improve environmental reporting work processes to save time and money
  • Provide compliance assurance to corporate executives and shareholders

The Solution

  • IHS Environmental Performance Solution with IHS opsInfo

The Results

  • Enhanced enterprise-wide Environmental Performance Reporting System (EPRS)
  • Expanded system – in only one year – from 12 to 136 facilities and 14 to 858 pieces of equipment to maintain compliance
  • Proactively recommended an alternative data capture approach for GHG regulations and received government agency approval
  • Increased accountability by making ground-level operators responsible for required source data
  • Saved time through improved business processes – from 30 days waiting for information to minutes waiting to generate a report
  • Delivered environmental metrics for Sustainability Report, Carbon Disclosure Project and other internal and external reporting

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