Our Commitment

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

As a provider of energy, structures, logistics and other essential services, ATCO contributes to all 17 of the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals, both directly and indirectly. Below are examples of how ATCO is contributing to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. 

Main Contributions

Affordable and Clean Energy

Affordable and Clean Energy

Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.

-          ATCO is proud to introduce LUMA, our newly-formed company in Puerto Rico that will transition Puerto Rico’s electric grid to one that is safe, reliable, resilient, sustainable and affordable. LUMA is 50 per cent owned by Canadian Utilities, an ATCO Company, and 50 per cent owned by Quanta Services.

-          In 2019, renewable natural gas (RNG) was injected into ATCO’s natural gas distribution system for the first time in  Alberta. The injected RNG results in 85 per cent less emissions than conventional natural gas. 

-          Hydrogen presents an exciting opportunity for ATCO to leverage our existing infrastructure to develop low-carbon energy solutions. Learn more about our Clean Energy Innovation Hub where we successfully blended 5 per cent hydrogen with natural gas and our Fort Saskatchewan Hydrogen Blending project, a first of its kind project in Alberta to blend 5 per cent hydrogen with natural gas once it is complete.

-          Following the sale of our Canadian fossil fuel-based power generation assets, our remaining power generation capacity is nearly 25 per cent hydroelectric. We improved access to renewable energy in remote communities through completing a 600-kW solar project in Fort Chipewyan, Alta., a 940-kW solar project in Old Crow, Yukon and supporting the development of renewables with our 9-MW Cabrero Solar Project in Chile. 

-          We collaborate with customers and partners to enable energy-efficient solutions, including converting 5,044, or over 30 per cent, of streetlights in our service area to LED and offering Construction Energy services to use natural gas instead of propane or diesel. The use of natural gas can save customers up to 60 per cent in fuel costs and is 15 per cent cleaner than propane and 40 per cent cleaner than diesel. 

Decent Work and Economic Growth

Decent Work and Economic Growth

Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all. 

- We continue to develop Indigenous Partnerships and develop new models of economic participation. In 2019, we awarded over $70 million in contracts to Indigenous and Indigenous-affiliated contractors.

- Over the last several years, we have been able to successfully expand economic opportunities with Indigenous communities. This is exemplified through Alberta PowerLine, where seven Indigenous communities were able to purchase a 40 per cent equity stake in essential energy infrastructure and through a partnership with Three Nations Energy to expand their solar project to include a 2,200-kW solar farm, battery energy storage and microgrid control system. 

- Health and safety is at the forefront of what we do. In 2019, we reported zero lost time injuries in our natural gas division and zero recordable incidents at our electricity generation facility in Mexico. 

- We provide skills training and apprenticeship opportunities for people of all walks of life to succeed. LUMA, our new company in Puerto Rico, is opening a state-of-the art lineworkers college in Puerto Rico to raise the standard of training and safety for all. We are serving up opportunities and confidence with the ATCO Kitchen Skills program, a program that employed 15 Indigenous students following the completion of training. 

Sustainable Cities and Communities

Sustainable Cities and Communities

Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable. 

We enable low-carbon transportation choices for our customers through the installation of 23 EV charging stations, including those as part of our Peaks to Prairies project.

We continue to develop compressed natural gas (CNG) as a fuel source. Our CNG projects include the construction of two new commercial grade natural gas refueling stations along the Queen Elizabeth Highway (QEII) in Alberta and through a partnership with the City of Calgary, the new leading-edge Stoney CNG Bus Storage and Transit Facility, which will enable the addition of 150 CNG buses to the city fleet over the next three years. 

We have expanded affordable housing options in our communities through constructing homes for veterans through the Homes for Heroes Foundation and the development of three multi-storey residential buildings in B.C.  One of these projects, the “My Place” Supportive Housing Project in Vernon, was completed in 2019 and reduced heating demand by 25 per cent. 

Our ATCO Frontec division is committed to providing emergency and disaster response services globally. Projects include the development of an Emergency Management curriculum for Siksika Nation and providing logistics expertise following Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas. 

We continue to develop sustainable building solutions for our customers and communities. This includes commercializing micro combined heat & power (mcHP) units that utilize natural gas to provide electricity and capture energy that would be lost, and piloting projects like the Home of the Future to test non-wire alternative solutions and integrated control systems for distributed energy resources. 

Following the devastating bushfires that ravaged Australia in 2019/2020, we donated $1 million to the Business Council of Australia’s BizRebuild program to help communities and businesses recover in the wake of the disaster.

Climate Action

Climate Action

Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts. 

Absolute GHG emissions reduced 51 per cent since 2008, primarily related to decreased electricity generation, fuel switching initiatives, and the sale of our Canadian fossil fuel-based electricity generation portfolio in Q3-2019.

We continue to reduce our methane emissions, having reduced emissions by 19 per cent since 2017 through targeted leak detection and repair programs.

 We recently expanded our Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosure (or TCFD) in ATCO’s Management’s Discussion and Analysis.

Our progress on climate change adaptation and resilience measures include 65 per cent progress towards completing inline inspections on natural gas transmission lines by 2024. 

We invested $1.2 billion in new and refurbished infrastructure in 2019. 

Direct Contributions

  • Clean Water and Sanitation
  • Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
  • Life on Land
  • Clean Water and Sanitation

    Clean Water and Sanitation

    Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all. 

    Through a first-of-its-kind facility in Alberta’s Industrial Heartland, we have been able to leverage our common water infrastructure to support our customers and minimize disruption to the surrounding rivers. 

    We continue to reduce our water use, with a decrease from 21.2 million m3 to 16.0 million m3 from 2018 to 2019.

    At six of our corporate office locations, we amassed total potable water savings of over 3.8 million litres in 2019. These savings are attributed to assessment of landscapes, efficient management of water resources, and seasonal monitoring of performance. 

    As part of ATCO EPIC in 2020, our Mexico team is participating in online activities to raise funds for World Vision International to help supply a family with a rainwater collection tank for their home, giving them access to a safe water source. 

     

  • Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

    Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

    Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation. 

    ATCO launched its SpaceLab initiative in 2019 – an enterprise-wide framework of collaborative support for the creative energy of our people and a source of funding and expertise to any ATCO employee with the desire to pursue sustainable new value for the company.

    Globally, we invested $3 million in 2019 in natural gas innovation to develop and test technology that affordably reduces GHG emissions. 

    Our Urban Pipeline Replacement project involves replacing our existing pipeline infrastructure to ensure that we can continue to provide safe, reliable service to our customers while meeting growing energy demand. 

     We pursue innovative projects that improve access to energy and enable the transition to lower-carbon energy sources. Our Pembina Keephills Transmission Pipeline project supports the coal-to-gas conversion of power plants and our Jasper Interconnection project reduced the local community’s reliance on diesel fuel.  In collaboration with several highly respected Alberta-focused organizations, the Distributed Energy Management System Initiative (DEMI) has resulted in the successful design, installation and commissioning of a new microgrid research facility. Phase two of this initiative will expand the microgrid, as well as our commitment to advancing clean energy innovation into the market.

  • Life on Land

    Life on Land

    Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat diversification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss. 

    Our Jasper Interconnection Project, energized in 2019, utilized construction techniques that minimized environmental disruption through the use of covered conductors, paralleling existing right-of-way and winter construction timing. 

    We take a strategic approach to vegetation maintenance, offering vegetation management and right-of-way maintenance programs that are cost-effective and follow robust environmental standards.

    Working collaboratively with Indigenous partners, environmental specialists, and regulatory agencies, we altered the route of the Fort McMurray West 500-kV Transmission Project to maximize cultural and environmental protection, including reducing the potential impact on caribou.  

    To balance the natural environment with providing our customers with reliable electricity, we came up with a plan to install a hardware solution that would deter the birds from roosting on our transmission lines

    Our How we do business code outlines our commitment to meeting or exceeding environmental regulations and operational standards and using resources and energy efficiently.

Indirect Contributions

  • No Poverty
  • Zero Hunger
  • Good Health and Well-Being
  • Quality Education
  • Gender Equality
  • Reduced Inequalities
  • Responsible Consumption and Production
  • Life Below Water
  • Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • Partnerships for the Goals
  • No Poverty

    No Poverty

    End poverty in all its forms everywhere.

    As part of our Homes for Heroes project, we built 15 tiny homes for homeless Canadian Armed Forces veterans in Calgary. We’re working to build a second village of 18 tiny homes in Edmonton.

    Our programs in Mexico include community workshops to build wood-burning stoves to reduce the reduce the respiratory impacts of open-fire stoves.

    With our Indigenous partnerships, We focus on creating long term partnerships that contribute to sustainable economic and social development, and are continually exploring new models of collaboration with our Indigenous and community partners

  • Zero Hunger

    Zero Hunger

    End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture. 

    At our Two Rivers Lodge, located at the site of BC Hydro’s Site C project, we partnered with the Salvation Army for an innovative program to donate our unused, viable food and prepared meals to help feed vulnerable residents

    Our Child Nutrition program in Mexico aims to improve children’s nutrition by introducing amaranth grain into school meals.

    ATCO’s Blue Flame Kitchen partnered with the Calgary Seniors Resource Society to provide 11,500 meals for isolated seniors during the COVID-19 pandemic to fight food insecurity. 

  • Good Health and Well-Being

    Good Health and Well-Being

    Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages. 

    During this global pandemic, it is more important than ever to support our customers and communities. Whether it’s supporting a local distiller in producing hand sanitizer or supplying critical medical facilities to the Government of Canada, we’re here for you. Learn more about ATCO’s response to the COVID-19 virus

    Wellness and mental health are very important to us. In 2019, over 1,200 of our employees participated in a variety of mental health training and awareness sessions. At our natural gas operating centres, we’ve replaced unhealthy snacks with healthier options and implemented morning warm up sessions to reduce the risk of strain. 

    Our pilot Smart Academic Green Environment, or SAGE, classrooms are quick and affordable portable solutions designed to create a healthy learning environment for students.

  • Quality Education

    Quality Education

    Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all. 

    Junior Achievement South Alberta is an organization that promotes entrepreneurship in young people and educates them about business. ATCO is a proud sponsor and in 2020, seven ATCO volunteers mentored students to develop “Beeyond Wraps” and were awarded the Company of the Year award.

    ATCO inspires Indigenous youth to become future leaders through the ATCO Explore program. In 2019, the program expanded to include 43 grade nine students. ATCO offers a variety of Indigenous Education Programs. In 2019, 53 Indigenous students across Canada received scholarships, bursaries and merit awards totaling $66,000.

    Empowering our people to continue to learn and grow is important to us. That’s why we provide our staff with ongoing technical and non-technical training, as well as career development opportunities

  • Gender Equality

    Gender Equality

    Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls. 

    Our Structures division is honoured to be awarded an Employment Equity Achievement Award from the Government of Canada, recognizing our programs in diversity and employment equity. 

    Our workforce consists of 30 per cent women, with 20 per cent of our senior management women. 

    ATCO supports a diverse and inclusive working environment that values the contributions and perspectives of everyone. Our Inclusive and Respectful Workplace policy encourages diversity and ensuring our people have the opportunity to participate in work-related activities, in an environment that is inclusive, respectful and safe

  • Reduced Inequalities

    Reduced Inequalities

    Reduce inequality within and among countries. 

    In 2019, we generated over $220 million in economic benefit for our Indigenous partners and continue to form partnerships to reduce the inequalities Indigenous peoples face. 

    We’re pleased to have been selected as the winner of the 2020 International Edison Award for our work on the Fort McMurray West 500-kV Transmission Project, which empowers and promotes the social, economic and political inclusion of all.

    Our How we do business code outlines how we promote an inclusive & respectful workplace that values individual differences and unique perspectives. 

  • Responsible Consumption and Production

    Responsible Consumption and Production

    Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns. 

    We prevent, mitigate and manage spills using a variety of measures and ensure all appropriate steps are taken to minimize the environmental impacts of a spill. 

    We continue to reduce our hazardous waste, with a decrease from 3,947 tonnes to 1,226 tonnes from 2018 to 2019.

    ATCO partnered with Green Standards to reduce the amount of furniture, appliances, computers and other materials that end up in the landfill each year. In 2018, we diverted 87 tonnes of material in 2018.

  • Life Below Water

    Life Below Water

    Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources. 

    As a provider of essential services around the world, we are committed to environmental stewardship. We include environmental considerations in every project, including those located in marine environments, from project planning to operation, maintenance, and decommissioning, including those located in marine environments.  

  • Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

    Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

    Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.

    How we do business is the code that outlines our ATCO values and how we conduct business in an ethical manner. 

    • Bribery: We never offer, attempt to offer, promise or accept payments, gifts or anything of value that could influence a business decision
    • Anti-corruption: We ensure that all interactions with public officials comply with the law.
    • Fraud: We do not tolerate fraud in any form, whether initiated by our people or our business partners.
    • Fair Competition: We never collude with other companies on prices or terms offered to our customers, agree with competitors to allocate markets or customers, or manipulate bid processes.
  • Partnerships for the Goals

    Partnerships for the Goals

    Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development. 

    ATCO is proud to support the communities we work in with a variety of community investment initiatives. Since 2006, ATCO employees have raised over $40 million for hundreds of community charities all over the world. 

    We are committed to strengthening the grid through partnerships. We partnered with Quanta Services to create LUMA to transform and operate Puerto Rico’s electric transmission and distribution system, and to create Alberta PowerLine to construct the Fort McMurray 500-kV West Transmission project