SaskEnergy has been recognized for its environmental stewardship by the Canadian Gas Association. It received three awards at the Energy Nexus event in Vancouver on Thursday.
Two of the awards received by SaskEnergy were for innovations to reduce emissions, while the third was for the operating practices of the Crown gas utility.
“These three awards are a testament to the hard work of all SaskEnergy employees as we strive to contribute to a greener Saskatchewan and meet our goal of reducing emissions from company operations by 35 percent by 2030,” Mark Guillet, the acting president and CEO of SaskEnergy, said in a release announcing the awards.
The award for the operating practices of SaskEnergy was for its environmental screening tool. The tool, which is web-based, is a geographic information system that allows operational and engineering teams throughout SaskEnergy to screen new gas line projects for environmental, heritage and geohazard impacts.
The first award for innovations was for the implementation of technology that captures vented natural gas from SaskEnergy’s transmission compressors. The gas is then directed into the engine air intake as supplemental fuel.
The other innovation award was for the customer efficiency programming offered by SaskEnergy. This provides rebates to customers who replace old natural gas equipment with new, qualified high-efficiency models.
This was the first year the Energy Nexus was held. Taking place in its inaugural year in Vancouver, it is a forum on the growing role of gaseous energy in Canada.