EnLink is focused on continuously improving our efficiency and driving innovation. We continue to implement projects and best practices that reduce emissions and have set long-term, sustainable goals to reduce our carbon footprint and minimize our impact on climate change, thereby furthering our role in the energy transition.
Energy Use and Emissions
EnLink's focus on reducing carbon emissions includes reducing methane emissions from our operations. Since its founding, EnLink has followed best practices to reduce emissions, and we continue to do so today. These best practices include procedures such as implementing leak detection and repair using optical gas imaging. We’ve continued to improve our emissions performance and operational efficiency by replacing flares with thermal oxidizers at many of our plants and installing vapor recovery units and exhaust catalysts.
We closely monitor our energy consumption and evaluate ways to optimize our usage to maximize our sustainability impact. We employ processes that allow us to repurpose exhaust heat, a byproduct of operations, for warming purposes required elsewhere in our process. We utilize solar capabilities to power our methanol pumps, meter stations, and line operating data gathering stations, while LED lighting is now standard at our operating facilities and on new construction, further reducing our company’s need for additional power and limiting our environmental impact.
Long-Term Emissions Reduction Target
To further drive our environmental progress, EnLink formed a cross-functional team consisting of experts from our Operations, Engineering, Commercial, Business Development, Operational Excellence, and Environmental, Health, and Safety teams to guide EnLink’s long-term environmental approach and goals. Led by EnLink Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Ben Lamb, this collaborative, cross-functional group evaluates emissions data and trends, researches the latest emissions reduction work practices, and evaluates new emissions reduction and renewable projects, including low-carbon business opportunities.
Through this group’s efforts, we set our new long-term emissions reduction targets in May 2021. EnLink is applying our industry know-how with our commitment to continuous innovation to evolve how we operate to become a more sustainable, leading midstream company.
We are proud to announce that EnLink is committing to reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
EnLink is pursuing significant emissions reductions strategies that will position the company to achieve net zero emissions by 2050 and minimize our impact on climate change, furthering EnLink’s role in the ongoing energy transition to less carbon-intensive energy production. Along the way, we will strive to achieve emissions reduction milestones, including:
- Achieving a 30% reduction in methane emissions intensity by 2024 as compared to 2020 levels; this is a high-impact step, as methane has a global warming potential of 25 times that of carbon dioxide¹
- Pursuing a path to reach a 30% reduction in our total CO2e emissions intensity by 2030 as compared to 2020 levels
EnLink is evaluating numerous emissions reduction innovations, process improvements, and opportunities, which may include:
- Replacing or retrofitting natural gas-driven pneumatic controllers to lower-emitting alternatives
- Increasing usage of renewable energy to power our operations
- Converting natural gas-driven equipment, such as compressor engines, to run on electricity
- Implementing carbon capture technologies for beneficial reuses or sequestration of carbon dioxide
We look forward to sharing details on our emissions journey in future sustainability reports.
Environmental Industry Organization Participation
EnLink is proud to announce that in March 2021 we joined The Environmental Partnership. The Environmental Partnership is a collaboration of oil and natural gas companies that are focused on addressing our industry’s environmental impacts and implementing emissions reduction solutions. By joining The Environmental Partnership, we are demonstrating our commitment to further implement practices that reduce methane emissions and are participating in a forum of industry leaders committed to improving the environmental performance of our industry.
- Overview of Greenhouse Gases: Methane Emissions; from the United States Environmental Protection Agency: https://www.epa.gov/ghgemissions/overview-greenhouse-gases
This webpage is part of EnLink's 2020 Sustainability Report, published May 4, 2021, and reflects content from and as of such date.