At Ovintiv, we produce the safe, affordable, secure and reliable energy our world needs. However, we recognize that energy production comes with impacts and – as a leading operator – we have a responsibility to reduce our footprint and lead by example within our industry.
Innovating in pursuit of efficiency and continuous improvement is what we do best, and our results prove it. Our Scope 1 & 2 GHG emissions target is just one example of our commitment to reducing our impact in an actionable and meaningful way.
- Achieved a >30% reduction in our Scope 1 & 2 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions intensity since 2019, making progress towards our goal of 50% reduction by 2030
- Continue to be fully aligned with the World Bank Zero Routine Flaring Initiative
- Published an emissions reduction roadmap to showcase our pathway to meeting our Scope 1 & 2 GHG emissions reduction target
- Implemented Scope 1 & 2 emissions dashboards to enable real-time internal monitoring of emissions performance
Emissions Measurement and Management
We are committed to reducing our air impact through strategic design, innovation and efficiency for the lifecycle of our operations. We have achieved measurable results on this commitment, delivering on our 2025 methane intensity reduction target four years ahead of schedule. Building on that success, we set a goal of reducing our Scope 1 & 2 GHG emissions intensity by 50% from 2019 levels by 2030.
Emissions Reduction Initiatives
A focus on innovation and cross-company collaboration has enabled us to chart a clear and defined path towards achieving our goal of reducing our Scope 1 & 2 emissions intensity by 50% from 2019 levels by 2030. We are committed to making real and meaningful emissions reductions in our operations by doing what we do best – innovating to drive efficiencies and unlock future opportunities.
We believe that innovation, efficiency and technology are the most effective methods for minimizing our environmental footprint. As part of our operational strategy, we challenge our teams to identify and implement new ways to enhance our processes.
We manage water efficiently, taking responsibility for the use of this valuable resource. Although access to water and water scarcity are global issues, we tailor our water management approach to address local and regional concerns. Ovintiv’s water management program considers location, resources, regulations, water stress, cost and operational need when planning water solutions by site and operating area.
Decommissioning & Reclamation
When an asset reaches its end of life, we begin our decommission and reclamation process according to our standard procedures. Decommissioning begins by abandoning the wellbore and removing facilities and other equipment on the site. Site closure includes reviewing the site’s operational history, identifying and addressing any potential concerns, wastes or hazardous materials, and reclaiming disturbed land to productive and sustainable uses.
We follow a rigorous site assessment program to help ensure protection for land and water resources, wildlife and habitats during our operational lifecycle. Developed by biology and environmental experts, our process aligns development plans with a thoughtful approach to ecosystem protection.
The effective management of our waste materials helps to reduce our environmental impact. We promote recycling or reusing materials in our operations. For those materials that can’t be recycled, we have processes for transportation, treatment and disposal in compliance with regulatory requirements. Our service providers must also abide by our standards and comply with all regulations.
Naturally Occurring Radioactive Materials
Naturally Occurring Radioactive Materials (NORM) are substances containing radioactive elements that are commonly associated with produced water treatment and handling operations.
Our NORM management process identifies and controls NORM in our facilities to protect the health of our employees and service providers. We have established roles, responsibilities and training requirements related to potential NORM exposures, and only specially-trained employees and service providers are permitted to work with impacted equipment.
Some areas of North America are experiencing increasing seismicity near certain oil and natural gas operations. Although the occurrence and risk of seismicity is generally very low, Ovintiv has occasionally observed induced seismicity in our operations.