2021 Report
2021 Report
2021 ESG Metrics

Our Commitment

SECURE is committed to achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050

Climate change is a global challenge and we believe that every individual, organization, industry and government has a responsibility to reduce GHG emissions and transition toward a lower emission future. SECURE is committed to participating in this effort by reducing our own emissions and seeking opportunities to help our customers achieve their emission reduction targets and advance the energy transformation so that we can collectively help Canada reach net-zero by 2050. SECURE is committed to undertaking actions within its operations to respond to climate change. Delivering the most environmentally responsible energy so that people and communities thrive is core to our vision of a sustainable future.

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2021 Highlights

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Decrease in Scope 1 Emissions vs. 2020

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Tonnes of CO2e generation avoided, since 2018, from
recovering crude oil from waste1

1Based on a life cycle analysis, 0.44 tonnes of CO2e is saved per 1 tonne of virgin carbon steel being mined and produced. https://businessrecycling.com.au/info/enviro-metals.cfm

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Tonnes of CO2e generation avoided by recycling 197,310
tonnes of scrap metal2 

2Determined from a Life Cycle Analysis, prepared by a third party consulting firm, the GHG benefit of recovering 1 barrel of crude from waste versus producing that same barrel from virgin resources.

 

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13. Climate Action

SECURE is committed to taking meaningful action to combat climate change and its impacts. All levels of the organization are engaged to improve the energy efficiency and reduce emissions of our current operations and to consider energy  efficiency and a lower emission economy in our future capital investments. SECURE is focused on developing and implementing best practices and applying new and existing technologies to achieve our objectives as the world strives to meet emission reduction targets.

Climate Change Action

To fulfill our climate change commitment, SECURE is formalizing a Climate Action Plan to direct our efforts on energy efficiency and emissions reduction.

SECURE commits to addressing climate considerations in our overall business strategy, corporate development, risk management and business models. Our climate strategy includes short and long-term emission reduction targets to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050. SECURE is committed to providing clear, transparent reporting on material climate change issues.

Energy Transformation

SECURE is committed to taking action on climate change by reducing our own emissions and providing services that support our customers in transitioning to a lower emission economy. In Q4 2021, SECURE took its first steps towards the energy transformation by exploring potential Carbon Sequestration projects. SECURE’s operational skillset and industry experience with disposal well operations and midstream infrastructure aligns with what is required to successfully operate sequestration facilities.

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Exploring Transition Technologies

SECURE is exploring new technologies to reduce emissions from our current operations, while also seeking opportunities to offer our customers ways of reducing their emissions. SECURE is investigating ways to drive energy efficiency in our day-to-day operations; potential options include heat recovery, boiler efficiency and use of less carbon intense fuels in our yellow iron and vehicle fleets. We are assessing opportunities in carbon capture and storage, compressed natural gas (CNG) and hydrogen so we can offer our customers services and options that support the energy transformation. Finally, embracing new digital technologies to improve performance, reduce cost and improve energy efficiency will drive business resilience for SECURE and its customers.

Climate Risks

Climate change has the potential to impact multiple aspects of SECURE’s business; it poses both risks and opportunities. The most significant climate risk factors that can impact our business include wildfires, flooding, water scarcity and temperature extremes. These conditions have the potential to threaten business continuity and damage assets in both our own business and that of our customers. Including climate impacts in our business risk assessments and ESG materiality assessments enables us to prioritize climate risk equally with other business risks and ensures that we implement strategies to mitigate our most material risks. As the science around climate change evolves climate-related business risk and materiality assessments will be re-evaluated and prioritized to reflect emerging scientific understanding.

SECURE's Operations and Impact on Climate

Reducing GHG emission intensity by 15% by the end of 2024 means action starts today as we strive for net-zero by 2050. SECURE is considering multiple options to improve energy efficiency and reduce our carbon footprint as we take action towards achieving our reduction targets and assisting our customers with meeting theirs. SECURE is pursuing process efficiencies, investment in technology, formalizing fleet management systems, the use of GHG offsets, increased GHG monitoring and more robust emission tracking on our path to achieving net-zero.

Absolute GHG Emissions

Absolute GHG Emissions SECURE’s Scope 1 emissions (52%) and Scope 2 emissions (48%) were nearly equally split. From an absolute basis, SECURE’s overall emissions decreased 9% in 2021 compared to 2020. The addition of 2022 emission data will help gain better understanding to determine the full  contribution impact of integration synergies on Scope 1 and Scope 2 emission reduction. 

In 2021, our recovery processes and pipelines resulted in the  avoidance of 128,240 tonnes of CO2e, enough to offset all of our  Scope 1 Emissions. We will explore the potential to validate these as offset credits in the future.

Emissions by Source

SECURE’s operations generate GHG emissions through the use of electricity, fleet fuel consumption and natural gas in our processes. Our direct methane emissions are attributed to leaks and are immaterial to Scope 1 emissions. The Midstream Infrastructure reporting segment is the largest Scope 1 and 2 emitter due to the volume of materials processed and its processing equipment requiring heat and electricity.

Natural Gas Consumption

SECURE’s Scope 1 emissions are predominately generated by natural gas consumption through combustion of natural gas for Midstream Processing Facilities, accounting for 35% of all Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions in 2021. The largest use of natural gas is to heat our Midstream Processing Facilities and blanket our storage tanks to protect people, equipment and the environment by displacing oxygen required for combustion. When trucks deliver products to our facilities, the natural gas in the tanks is displaced by the fluids received; SECURE diverts the natural gas to our tank vapour gathering system where it is combusted, generating CO2.

CASE STUDY

Design Optimization Achieves Efficiencies at the Drayton Valley Midstream Processing Facility

The Operations team at the Drayton Valley Midstream Processing Facility identified an opportunity for process  improvement and associated cost savings. The Drayton Valley Midstream Processing Facility receives large volumes of condensate with only one line to support our customers with offloading this product. As a result, when dry light sweet product needed to be offloaded, it would be offloaded through one of the emulsion lines and end up being mixed with wet oil. This equated to extra volume that would need to be treated, a process which consumes natural gas.

In the fall of 2021, a small amount of capital was invested to have one of the water lines converted into a dry line to ensure products were segregated for appropriate treatment. The result meant dry light sweet crude was segregated to the dry tanks and out of  the emulsion tanks, reducing treatment time, freeing up volume in the emulsion tanks and alleviating wait times for customers. As a result of the upgrades, the treater is now running significantly less, which has reduced average monthly natural gas usage at the Drayton Valley Midstream Processing Facility by 8%.drayton-valley-redesign-original_800x600

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Mitigating the Impacts of Climate Change

By the nature of many services SECURE offers its customers, we are taking action on climate change through the avoidance of GHG generation. Total GHG avoidance for SECURE in 2021 was 128,240 tonnes CO2e through:

  • Recycling 197,310 tonnes of scrap metal, which avoided the generation 86,816 tonnes of CO2e
  • Recovering 253,983m3 crude oil from waste, which avoided the generation of 31,950 tonnes of CO2e
  • Trucks displaced as a result of pipelines, which avoided the generation of 9,474 tonnes of CO2e

Pipeline Connections

Establishing pipeline connections from our Midstream Processing Facilities to our customers operating nearby provides a capital efficient transportation solution that enhances operating netbacks. Additionally, the use of pipelines significantly reduces or eliminates trucking logistics and constraints, reduces CO2 emissions, increases safety by reducing the number of trucks required to transport producers’ product, and reduces repair and maintenance expenses on municipal road infrastructure.

Greenhouse Gas Emission Intensity

For the 2021 reporting year, SECURE calculated Scope 1 and Scope 2 emission intensity for our Midstream Infrastructure, Metal Recycling and Landfills business lines. Results for these business lines are:

  • Midstream Infrastructure : 10.1 kg CO2e/m3 of fluid received, down 8% from 2020
  • Metals Recycling: 27.3 kg CO2e/tonne of scrap shipped out, down 4% from 2020. Metals recycling is SECURE’s most emission intensive business line
  • Landfills: 1.8 kg CO2e/tonne of waste landfilled, down 55% from 2020, attributed to streamlining this business line post-merger

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Our 2021 Scope 1 and Scope 2 emission intensity results, in the business lines measured, were lower by approximately 9% in 2021 than in 2020 despite increased activity. This is attributed to ESG education and awareness across the organization and each team finding ways to reduce our GHG emissions to achieve our net-zero goal. SECURE continues to work
on establishing the appropriate basis for measuring intensity metrics for the additional lines of business (Environmental Solutions and Fluid Management) given their variable, project-based nature.

CASE STUDY

Gold Creek Water Disposal Facility Achieves 10% Energy Intensity Reduction

At the Gold Creek disposal facility, an energy intensity reduction project was conducted. Two injection pumps at site ran in parallel, one of which had three times higher energy intensity than the other. With data driven insight, in March 2021, operations began to leverage the more efficient pump resulting in immediate energy intensity savings. In April, the team
observed energy intensity savings of 22% and over the course of the year it averaged a 10% reduction in energy intensity, resulting in over $190,000 in electricity savings.

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Energy Efficiency Projects

SECURE is committed to achieving net-zero GHG emissions by 2050. We are investing in energy efficiency projects today to take actions towards achieving these targets and reducing the energy intensity of our operations.

Voluntary Participation in the Saskatchewan Output-Based Performance System (OBPS)

The government of Saskatchewan developed Output Based Performance Standards (OBPS) to reduce emissions intensity across industrial sectors. The OBPS is a made-in-Saskatchewan industrial emissions pricing system under the Province’s Prairie Resilience climate change plan. Performance standards are set based on the emissions per unit of production.
SECURE’s Kindersley Midstream Processing Facility enrolled in the program in 2021 and is required to reduce emission intensity to meet the aggregate facility benchmark. SECURE is held to a performance standard of 15% emission intensity reduction from the 2021 baseline set for the OBPS program.

Voluntary Participation in the Alberta Technology Innovation Emissions Reduction Regulation (TIER)

SECURE’s Midstream Processing Facility in Alberta enrolled in the TIER program in 2020. After establishing a benchmark based on 2019 performance for the legacy Tervita aggregate facility, SECURE lowered its emission intensity over the required 10% and received its first set of emission performance credits in 2022. Emission intensity improvements resulted from enhanced facility utilization and optimization efforts  to reduce natural gas consumption.

Energy Optimization Program

In 2020, SECURE launched an Energy Optimization Program focused on the collection of operational data to optimize our electricity intensive processes. Using data analytics was paramount in identifying opportunities in reducing energy intensity and realizing energy efficiencies across our midstream operations. Through real time analytics, the Business Intelligence team provided actionable insights and best practices for field operations to implement. One outcome of this program was an optimized approach to determine when to increase or decrease equipment usage given market demands to minimize electricity use and intensity.

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SECURE has committed resources to an ongoing education and knowledge transfer of best practices for electrical energy efficiency throughout its field operations. The first half of 2021, prior to the merger, saw the benefits of the program’s implementation with an average of 2% energy intensity savings at those facilities implementing the best practice.

As a result of the merger and associated integration activities, the second half of 2021 was focused on investing and deploying technology to the acquired facilities to collect operational data to analyze and prioritize opportunities in the future. Formal education of equipment optimization across the organization began in Q1 2022 and we expect to start seeing meaningful results for the remainder of 2022.

Seasonality Improvements

In 2020, operational changes were implemented at specific facilities to adjust boiler settings based on outside temperatures, reducing natural gas consumption. Educational awareness of this operational best practice continued for the first half
of 2021 and the focus in 2022 is on reducing natural gas consumption and associated emissions. 

Facility Utilization and Optimizing Efficiencies

As a result of the merger, ten Midstream Processing Facilities are temporarily suspending operations to maximize efficiencies of the existing facility network. These suspended facilities decrease the electricity demands and natural gas consumption of our network, decreasing emissions intensity. SECURE is expecting to see a greater reduction in electricity and natural gas consumption in 2022 as a result of these facilities temporarily suspending operations.

Fugitive Emissions

As part of the merger, SECURE reviewed and updated its Fugitive Emissions Management program. The review identified missed reporting on fugitive emissions surveys that were completed and inaccuracies in the volume of fugitive emissions reported across a portion of the Midstream Infrastructure operations. All regulatory reporting that was missed has since been submitted and errors identified were corrected. The program will be continually assessed to ensure it is effective and identify opportunities for continuous improvement.

Fleet Management

Fleet fuel consumption amounts to approximately 23% of our Scope 1 emissions. In 2021, we saw a 16% increase of fleet fuel consumption over 2020 due to an increased size of fleet, service lines and industry activity.

SECURE is currently monitoring and evaluating our heavy equipment and transport fleets to identify opportunities to reduce fuel consumption. In addition, we are exploring the use of alternative fuels for use in both fleet trucks and heavy equipment. We have only begun to explore opportunities to reduce the GHG footprint of our fleet. Initial considerations include:

  • Establish baseline and understand fleet emission analytics to set reduction targets and implement best practices
  • Develop a plan to establish a baseline idling time per vehicle

SPOTLIGHT

CNG – Dual Fuel Engine Conversion on Light Duty Service Truck

Use of lower carbon emission fuels is one of the ways identified to reduce our Scope 1 vehicle emissions. Working alongside our customers in achieving their ESG goals, SECURE’s Fluid Management team installed a dual fuel  Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) conversion to trial the technology for a drilling fluids field representative whose role is to service customers in the field, often in remote locations.

Two key outcomes resulted from the trial. The first was initial technical challenges with the installation of the CNG engine conversion which were related to compatibility with the type and model of truck. This knowledge will help inform future dual-fuel conversion decisions. The second outcome was challenges with access to CNG filling stations. This outcome proved to be the greatest challenge and most significant learning. This initial result prompted us to work with a large natural gas producer to explore the viability of working together to create CNG filling station infrastructure in an effort to facilitate transition from gasoline and diesel to CNG which has a lower carbon intensity without loss of reliability.

 

Looking Ahead

As a combined company with more volumes processed, the focus in 2022 is facility-wide operational
efficiency and fleet management updates where the most impact can be realized. To achieve this goal,
we are prioritizing the following initiatives:

  • Reducing Natural Gas Consumption: To understand our baseline natural gas consumption in 2022, SECURE plans on implementing end-use metering and energy data analytics to make further operational improvements to minimize the natural gas utilized for volumes processed. Reducing natural gas consumption is an opportunity to reduce our carbon emissions and increase our asset efficiency across our Midstream Processing Facilities
  • Integrate Energy Optimization Program: Continue to educate our facility operators on operational best practices and gain real-time insight for optimization
  • Fleet Management: SECURE is exploring the potential to lower the carbon intensity of our fleet through the use of lower carbon intensity fuels or transitioning to alternate fuel vehicles Energy Transformation
  • Technology and Capital Investment: SECURE continues to explore new technologies such as carbon capture and storage. We are investigating new technologies and application of existing technologies to find opportunities to reduce our carbon footprint and that of our customers