EnLink plays an essential role as part of the heavily regulated midstream process that turns natural resources into products that we use in our everyday lives. Energy infrastructure has long served as the backbone of energy security in the United States — filling a critical need for safe and reliable transportation of oil and natural gas to the companies that power homes, hospitals, schools, and businesses.
The Energy Transition Is Underway
Fossil fuels are still a critical piece of the energy mix. However, an energy transition has begun to transition to less carbon-intensive energy generation. While oil and gas will continue to supply a large portion of the world’s energy needs for decades to come, energy companies must evolve to continue meeting demand, while slowing the effects of climate change.
Natural gas will be integral to this transition, as a less-carbon-intensive, more efficient bridge fuel, and EnLink – with approximately 90% of our current business driven by natural gas and natural gas liquids – is ready to lead the way.
EnLink is revolutionizing how we do business, delivering energy products, like natural gas, that meet demand and power our lives, while also reducing emissions and providing midstream solutions for our customers. We’re getting more innovative and more efficient to ensure that EnLink will have a long-term, sustainable role in providing the energy the world needs. In fact, EnLink announced in May 2021 our intentions to achieve net zero emissions by 2050. Click here to read about our emissions reduction commitments and environmental stewardship.
Industry Regulation and Trade Organizations
The energy industry – and in particular oil and gas – is one of the most heavily regulated industries in the United States, subject to rules and oversight set forth by local, state, and federal governmental bodies. Today’s energy infrastructure companies invest significant time and resources to ensure they meet or exceed these important regulations, while delivering oil and gas products that power our daily lives in a safe and responsible manner. At EnLink, we strive to challenge the status quo and work every year to help maximize our position across environmental, social, and governance factors.
EnLink actively participates in organizations committed to developing industry standards including the Energy Infrastructure Council, the GPA Midstream Association, the Texas Pipeline Association, the Louisiana Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association, the New Mexico Oil and Gas Association, and other industry and community associations.
Providing Financial Stability
The energy industry has a proud track record of helping keep Americans employed and financially stable by providing well-paying jobs, and EnLink provides the same for our employees. In fact, the lowest 10% of EnLink employees’ base wages in 2020 equated to 182% of the living wage national average¹, and our median employee earned approximately 300% of the living wage national average. This compensation model provides our employees with much desired financial stability, while also helping us secure top talent.
Additionally, the energy industry frequently provides opportunities for above-average wages and career success for those without four-year college degrees. Many of our operations personnel bring seasoned experience to these highly technical jobs in lieu of a degree, while others may have chosen to pursue two-year degrees or trade-school certifications. At EnLink, 55% of our highly skilled workforce does not have a four-year degree,² nor is it required by their job description. With rising tuition costs and student college loan debt, the opportunity for career success without the additional financial burden of a four-year degree has strong appeal for many. As an additional benefit to our employees, EnLink offers tuition reimbursement for those employees seeking to further their education; see our People section for specific information on EnLink’s benefits.
1: As reported in Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Living Wage Calculator, the living wage in the United States was $16.54 per hour, or $68,808 per year ($34,504 per individual), in 2019, before taxes for a family of four (two working adults, two children); Glasmeier, Amy K. Living Wage Calculator. 2019. Massachusetts Institute of Technology. livingwage.mit.edu : https://livingwage.mit.edu/articles/61-new-living-wage-data-for-now-available-on-the-tool
2: Based on employee reported data collected at time of hire and/or our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion survey conducted in 2020; reflects population as of December 31, 2020.
This webpage is part of EnLink's 2020 Sustainability Report, published May 4, 2021, and reflects content from and as of such date.