Emissions and Climate Change
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 have set a new goal of reducing our Scope 1 & 2 GHG emission intensity by 50% by 2030 from 2019 levels.
Ovintiv’s Approach to Climate Change
- Drive meaningful GHG emissions reductions
- Promote innovation and actionable solutions
- Foster transparent partnership among key stakeholders
- Align economic, environmental and energy security needs
Measuring and Managing Emissions
Ovintiv recognizes climate change as a global concern and our role in reducing emissions as part of the solution. Tracking emissions allows us to set measured and achievable goals and identify solutions to decrease emissions intensity. We have monitored GHG emissions for more than 17 years and have significantly decreased our emissions intensity during this time. We have enabled proactive emissions management by establishing a real-time emissions dashboard across our operations allowing our teams to make data-informed emissions management decisions.
We report gross emissions according to federal, state or provincial requirements, and we use intensity metrics for benchmarking and goal setting. Intensity metrics provide a more contextual measure of our impact with greater opportunity for consistency and comparability.
Gross emissions data sources:
Scope 1 & 2 GHG Emissions Reductions Targets
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% by 2030 from 2019 levels. 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.
- High-pressure flare reductions
- Implementation of leak detection and repair (LDAR)
- Real-time emissions dashboards
- Replacement of high-bleed pneumatic devices
- Optimize heater treater runtime
- Measuring engine load
- Utility-powered drilling rigs
- Quantifying fuel consumption
- Non-emitting pneumatic devices
- Capturing and selling tank vapor
- Electric lease vapor recovery unit compression
- Vapor recovery units on tanks for reduced low-pressure flare
- Engine upgrades for increased fuel efficiency
Emissions Reduction Best Practices
We have adopted—and continue to adopt—a range of strategies to help reduce emissions from our operations. These best practices include innovative techniques, efficiencies and proven technology. Examples include:
- Continuing our comprehensive leak detection and repair (LDAR) program
- Establishing a real-time emissions dashboard to monitor emissions performance data and drive further improvements
- Electrification of operations proximal to existing, reliable electricity infrastructure and supply
- Utilizing bi-fuel (natural gas and diesel) technology in our drilling and completions operations to reduce emissions and costs
- Adopting automated gas-lift optimization processes to enhance production and reduce well downtime
- Conducting inline testing, where practicable, to reduce flaring during completions
- Using water distribution pipeline networks to reduce trucking and tailpipe emissions
- Installing vapor recovery units and towers
- Replacing more than 450 high-bleed pneumatic devices with a commitment to remove all by end of 2022
- Installing instrument air-driven pneumatic devices to eliminate vented methane emissions
- Reducing the number of pneumatic chemical injection pumps by 75%
- Eliminating high-emitting equipment such as line heaters
Leak Detection and Repair (LDAR)
Tracking and reporting methane emissions and intensity allows us to consistently benchmark our methane reduction efforts throughout our operations. LDAR has been a part of Ovintiv’s environmental strategy for nearly 17 years. Using optical gas imaging (OGI) cameras, we can identify leaks and initiate repairs to reduce methane emissions on-site.
We comply with local and federal LDAR regulations and implement a voluntary LDAR program to complete surveys at certain non-regulated facilities. Surveys typically occur on a bi-monthly, quarterly or semi-annual basis depending on requirements, inspections and directed maintenance. We supplement our OGI monitoring with on-site audio, visual and olfactory (AVO) surveys.
In 2021, we conducted 3,422 LDAR surveys using OGI cameras.
When we detect a leak, our program includes three components for continuous improvement:
Our OGI surveyors are trained in leak repair and service leaks upon detection.
We use a digital logging system, which automatically integrates with our compliance system, to track inspection dates, findings and repairs.
Data Analysis and Directed Maintenance
By analyzing LDAR survey data, we identify trends and specific facilities, components and equipment with a greater potential for leaks. We proactively direct inspection and maintenance activities for these sites to mitigate potential leaks.
Reducing the Need to Flare
We are committed to providing safe, reliable and affordable energy while driving down global emissions both today and in the future. Through our relentless pursuit of efficiency and continuous improvement, we have eliminated routine flaring in our operations and have been compliant with the World Bank Zero Routine Flaring Initiative as of September 1, 2021. Routine flaring occurs during normal oil production operations in the absence of facilities or geology needed to re-inject the produced gas or the ability to use it on-site or send it to market.
Non-routine flaring of natural gas may occur for safety reasons and is temporary by nature. The World Bank initiative does not include non-routine flaring events such as: exploration and appraisal; initial well flow-back; well servicing; process upset; safety or emergency situations; equipment or gas-handling infrastructure malfunction; or de-pressuring equipment for maintenance. Also excluded is purge and pilot flaring necessary for safe flare operation and combustion of hazardous or polluting emissions, such as volatile organic compounds and hydrogen sulfide.
To help us align with the World Bank initiative and better understand where and when flaring occurs in our operations, we created an internal emissions dashboard to examine flaring volumes in real time.