We're committed to environmental protection, impact mitigation, and ecosystem restoration as an integral part of our business.
Ensuring we are responsible stewards of the land reduces our environmental and related risks, helps maintain stakeholder trust, and allows us to efficiently manage our risks and responsibilities over the lifecycle of our operations.
We approach land management with a long-term view, from project development through to operation and reclamation.
Effective land management practices enable us to fulfill our obligations to our stakeholders, mitigate impacts of our activities, and anticipate regulatory or other changes.
We are also committed to minimizing the impact of our activities on the environment, during development, operation, and decommissioning. This approach is consistent with our core value of responsibility and accountability.
Land reclamation commitments
Site reclamation has a specific set of regulatory obligations. Keyera complies with all applicable regulatory requirements and monitors changes to compliance practices and timelines.
Our land reclamation commitments are managed through a Liability Management System (LMS). Based on a series of environmental stages and clear management objectives, the LMS houses an inventory of areas of concern, systematically identifies preferred workflow, tracks end-of-life costs, and identifies and ranks risk related to each area of concern. Data is collected from each of our sites to categorize and prioritize the land management considerations and corresponding obligations, so these may be monitored and addressed in a comprehensive and timely manner.
This process identifies and tracks our activities from initial land disturbance through to end state, including certification of successful site reclamation. Similar to safety, our land management practices, including application of consistent practices and procedures, are facilitated through use of our Operational Excellence Management System (OEMS).
Consistent with our focus on disciplined financial management, Keyera elects to allocate remediation related costs earlier in an asset’s lifecycle than required by regulation. This approach enhances our ability to proactively manage long-term liabilities related to site reclamation and balances funding to settle these liabilities over the productive life of the asset.
Land management Proactive through facility lifecycles
Keyera takes a proactive and principled approach to land management practices through the life cycle of our facilities. We are committed to minimizing the impact of our activities on the environment during development, operation and decommissioning. Keyera maintains a tracking system, complies with all applicable regulatory requirements and monitors changes to compliance practices and timelines.
During the planning stages of projects we take into consideration the potential environmental impacts, including impacts to soil, wildlife, water and air. We work with regulators to demonstrate we have planned for all the necessary mitigation activities during the construction and operations, and that we will monitor our ongoing impact. Once assets are retired, the developed lands are returned back to equivalent land use capability.
Awareness and training
Employees or contractors completing biodiversity assessments, managing environmental management plans and/or conservation, and reclamation plans must have relevant post-secondary education and professional certification. We also use a Competency Management and Development System (CMDS) to administer education modules to other employees that have been identified as needing environmental training. The modules provide personnel who are not subject matter experts with basic awareness so that they are able to engage with environmental experts as needed.
Managing Biodiversity Impacts
When considering any new project, we conduct a thorough biodiversity and archaeological assessment. The assessments include identifying nearby protected, environmentally-sensitive and high value areas as determined by regional governments; reviewing lists of threatened or endangered species on recognized lists; engaging with local residents, landowners and Indigenous communities to identify lands of importance; and, hiring local experts to conduct surveys to assess the baseline and potential disruption from our activities.
These comprehensive biodiversity assessments are used as part of our project decision making and environmental management strategies. Keyera uses a mitigation hierarchy in our approach, with preference to avoid potential disturbance to sensitive areas, and minimizes any corresponding impact through environmental management plans. Where habitat is affected by our work, every effort is taken to restore the area to its previous ecological state or better.
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