We manage all of our operations in a manner that protects the health and safety of employees, contractors, the public and the environment while complying with and where appropriate, exceeding the applicable laws, regulations, industry standards and stakeholder expectations. Actions speak louder than words, which is why we continue to put in place measures that will improve our record in this area.
- We have preventative environmental health and safety (EH&S) programs that identify potential hazards before they become incidents.
- We engage employees and contractors in the design of continuous EH&S improvement programs.
- We work with regulators, industry peers and other stakeholders to build programs that set best practices for our industry.
Our Environmental Partnerships
Chemistry Industry Association of Canada (CIAC) & Responsible Care®
Inter Pipeline is a proud member of the Chemistry Industry Association of Canada (CIAC). We believe in sustainable, responsible operations. We unequivocally believe that plastic should not be discarded as waste; it is a valuable resource that should be recycled and reused once it has served its initial purpose. We have committed to the Responsible Care Ethic and Principles for Sustainability and the Responsible Care Codes, covering all aspects of our business and product lifecycle. This creates safer and more sustainable products and processes – improving the environmental and safety performance of its members.
Members of CIAC are committed to eliminating waste from the environment in the following ways:
- CIAC members commit to a target of having 100% of plastics packaging being reused, recycled or recovered by 2040 and 100% of plastics packaging being recyclable or recoverable by 2030.
- CIAC members commit to being part of its flagship Responsible Care program and endorse principles focused on environmental stewardship, safety, public accountability, sustainability and social responsibility.
We are proud members of the Alliance to End Plastic Waste (AEPW), an international non-profit organization with the vision of ending plastic waste in the environment. Focused on the four areas of infrastructure, innovation, education and engagement, as well as environmental clean-up, this diverse and growing network is dedicated to tackling the plastic waste challenge. The AEPW makes a difference through its plastic waste reduction projects around the world. The organization supports communities to build sustainable waste management systems and focuses on innovating at the earliest stages of product design to facilitate reduction, reuse and recycling of plastics in support of sustainable models.
We are among the first Canadian companies to join the Alliance to End Plastic Waste since it formed in 2019. Our membership with the AEPW complements our leading efforts in Alberta to remove plastic waste from the environment through our Plastics Research in Action initiative. Together, with policy makers, non-governmental organizations and local communities, we join the global fight to end plastic waste in our environment.
Plastics Research in Action (PRIA)
Inter Pipeline has partnered with The Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) on applied research to look at ways to reuse and recycle plastic in Canada. The ten-year agreement, known as Plastics Research in Action (PRIA), is funded by a $10 million commitment from Inter Pipeline, the largest applied research partnership in NAIT’s history. This initiative recognizes our commitment to being a leader in sustainable and responsible plastics use and research as a leader in the future of Canadian petrochemical manufacturing.
Alberta Institute for Wildlife Conservation (AIWC)
Since 2015, Inter Pipeline has supported the Alberta Institute for Wildlife Conservation (AIWC), a registered charity and non-profit organization dedicated to rehabilitating injured, orphaned and oiled wildlife. AIWC is open 365 days a year and admits more than 1,600 wild animals each year from across Alberta. Its facilities include an accredited animal hospital with a surgical suite, lab, x-ray room, various rehabilitation rooms and cages and pre-release structures for birds, waterfowl, small mammals and ungulates.
In addition to the hundreds of volunteer hours at the facility by Inter Pipeline employees, our support has funded an aquatic bird hospital, an aquatic bird and aquatic mammal centre for pre-release enclosures and a mobile wildlife care unit. Through the completion of these projects, AIWC is now the leader for proper care and treatment for aquatic mammals and birds in Alberta. To date, over 300 mammals and birds have been directly supported by our projects and their successful release back into the wild has increased.