Welcome to écolution. Parkland’s ongoing commitment to lighten our environmental footprint, reduce carbon, and move toward sustainability while continuing to power journeys and energize the communities we serve. We’ll get there by driving change across Parkland, in the products we produce and sell, in our culture and operational practices, and through partnerships built on aligned goals and philosophies. With écolution, Parkland is one step ahead of our customers’ evolving energy needs.
We’re providing lower carbon fuels for the energy needs of our customers. But that’s not all.
Crude oil is being replaced by alternative feedstocks such as tallow and canola oil at our Burnaby refinery to reduce our petrochemical inputs and create lower-carbon fuels. Through this process known as co-processing, we took the equivalent of 15,000 cars off the road in 2019, 45,000 cars off the road in 2020, and 70,000 cars off the road in 2021. The renewable fuels our plants currently produce have one-eighth the carbon intensity of conventional fuels. By 2026 with planned production, this equates to permanently removing approximately 700,000, or 25 per cent of the passenger vehicles on British Columbia’s roads.
In our home heating business in Canada, we are actively working with customers to switch from heating oil to propane. Heating with propane emits approximately 38% less carbon than heating oil. We are targeting an additional 25,000 conversions across Canada by 2030.
Parkland Caribbean is actively working with power and commercial clients to help transition to lower carbon fuels, including renewable diesel, liquified natural gas, and liquified petroleum gas. In 2020, we also supported our shipping customers’ transition away from High Sulfur Fuel Oil (HSFO or HFO), providing vessels in the region with high-quality, compliant Very Low Sulfur Fuel Oil (VLSFO).
We are building a network of electric vehicle (EV) fast chargers at many of our Parkland Canada retail locations to provide convenient charging for our EV-driving customers. We currently have locations in Quebec, Ontario, and British Columbia, and we are exploring other opportunities to expand charging infrastructure in other regions.
All of Parkland Canada’s retail sites in British Columbia and Alberta, operating under the Chevron banner, sell gasoline with the unique Techron additive. This additive helps clean and protect vital engine parts, which helps lower harmful emissions while driving.
From our refinery operations to how we distribute to our customers, we are evolving and improving how we operate. See how right here
As of 2021, we have fully converted 145 of our Canadian retail sites to LED lighting, which is up to 80% more energy-efficient than traditional lighting. By the end of 2024, we plan to have more than 500 additional retail sites fully converted to LED lighting.
Parkland has approximately 500 fleet trucks in use in Canada and hundreds more internationally. We routinely service vehicles several times a year to ensure optimal efficiency. We are also implementing an anti-idling policy and setting routing standards to minimize fuel consumption. To date, we have reduced emissions by 6.8% since we put our commercial idling targets in place.
Parkland Canada’s Calgary and Burnaby offices are LEED-certified. They’ve been designed and built to achieve high performance in critical areas of human and environmental health such as location and transportation, sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection, and indoor environmental quality. We’ve also installed motion-sensor lighting to further reduce our electricity needs.
We’ve recently opened a flagship retail site in Barbados with solar panels on top of the fuel pump canopy and the full-sized convenience store. The solar panels produce approximately 105,000 kWh per year.
SARA is collaborating to develop a significant French Guiana project to build a solar photovoltaic (“PV”) generating facility linked to a 20MW battery and a 20MW electrolyzer. The electrolyzer will use excess solar power to generate hydrogen from water, then store it to fuel a hydrogen fuel cell when the PV facility is not generating electricity. This project is expected to produce 10MW during the day and 3MW at night for French Guiana’s power grid.
As part-owner of the Société Anonyme de la Raffinerie des Antilles (SARA) refinery, Parkland Martinique is actively working on several additional renewable energy projects. Ten acres have been dedicated to a third-party-owned solar farm, producing significant amounts of clean energy for the people of Martinique. SARA is also working on a project that will use hydrogen as feedstock for an innovative 1MW cell fuel power plant.
We’re working together with organizations and governments across our geographies to reduce our environmental footprint.
We partner with customers to help navigate their transition to lower-carbon fuels. We have the competitive advantage of being pioneers in the renewable fuels market – we are experienced in processing the feedstocks for fuels production, the blending of biofuels into our fuels, and the selling of the renewable fuels to end customers. Our product expertise spans industries (aviation, shipping, ground transportation) and geographies, allowing us to provide innovative solutions to our customers.
Parkland Canada is a proud employer of young engineers and environmental scientists throughout the country, and in particular, British Columbia. We work with UBC (University of British Columbia), and SFU (Simon Fraser University) as we look to harness innovation and develop young talent in the field. Parkland also actively participates in BC-SMART (British Columbia Sustainable Marine, Aviation, Rail, and Trucking) Biofuels Consortium, working to decarbonize long-range and heavy-duty transportation.
Parkland is a member of the International Emissions Trading Organization and is actively involved in trading carbon credits. Our Carbon Offset Program, which sells liquid carbon credits to customers, accounts for a reduction in overall carbon emissions that can help organizations meet their sustainability and climate action goals.
We are partnering with the Government of Canada’s SmartWay program to move third-party haulers to register with the program to gain access to tools that help them manage their emissions. We will soon enroll our entire fleet in SmartWay.
We see remarkable opportunities for continued collaboration and strategic partnerships with all levels of government and other industry players. For example, Parkland is already playing a pivotal role in helping governments achieve net-zero ambitions by changing how we manufacture, source, move, and sell fuel.