Parkland Releases 2021 Sustainability Report

Parkland formalized its sustainability strategy last year and changed the way it approaches ESG.

July 14, 2022

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CALGARY, Alberta, Canada—Parkland Corporation released its 2021 Sustainability Report, highlighting progress on its Drive to Zero, including Parkland’s goals of achieving zero safety incidents and spills, upholding zero tolerance for racism, discrimination, corruption, bribery and unethical behavior, as well as supporting the Canadian government’s goals of achieving net-zero emissions by 2050.

Parkland formalized its enterprise-wide sustainability strategy last year, marking a change in how the organization is approaching Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) issues while establishing baselines and setting targets.

"When we launched our enterprise-wide sustainability strategy last year, we set ambitious and measurable targets to help ensure long-term success," said Christy Elliott, chief sustainability officer. "Our pillars of People, Environment, Partners and Responsible Growth are the foundation that allows us to continuously improve and expand our sustainability practices. We are excited to share the work we've done over the past several months as we continue to Drive to Zero."

Key highlights from the 2021 Sustainability Report include:

  • The continued strengthening of its safety culture, including a 2021 Total Recordable Injury Frequency of 1.14—an almost 55% improvement since 2017.
  • A co-processing record of 86 million liters of bio-feedstocks at its Burnaby Refinery in 2021, the equivalent environmental effect of taking over 70,000 cars off the road.

In May, Parkland announced it aims to increase renewable fuel production at its Burnaby Refinery in British Columbia to about 5,500 barrels per day and plans to build a stand-alone renewable diesel complex capable of producing roughly 6,500 barrels per day of renewable diesel.

“This is one of many steps we are taking to advance our commercial decarbonization strategy and provide our customers with a portfolio of low carbon products and services to help them meet their low carbon goals,” Parkland said in a news release.

Renewable fuels produced through these expansion efforts will have one-eighth of the carbon intensity of conventional fuels, according to Parkland, and will reduce related greenhouse gas emissions by about two megatons per year. In addition, Parkland is designing the stand-alone renewable diesel complex to ensure it does not increase emissions from the Burnaby Refinery.