GHG Emissions

Crew is committed to managing its GHG emissions across its organization as we move towards achieving our emission reduction goals and objectives.

6% Reduction

in methane venting compared to 2019 baseline

76% Reduction

in flaring intensity, since 2015

As a provider of a clean-burning natural gas, Crew understands the importance our contribution makes to tackling climate change. As a result, we continuously explore new ways to minimize our environmental and carbon footprint across our multiple operational asset areas in Northeast B.C. (our Montney asset) and in Lloydminster (our heavy oil asset).

Crew demonstrates its leadership in GHG performance by reducing emissions beyond what is required by regulators. We have been working diligently to ensure all compliance obligations are met across our operational asset areas, while also seeking out initiatives that go beyond what is legally required. Further, our environmental commitment to combat climate change is increasingly becoming woven into the fabric of our business operations as we continue to set emissions reduction targets and iterative improvements are realized.

Environmental impact has always been a metric that Crew has strived to highlight, with a renewed focus on protecting the environment by meaningfully reducing the carbon footprint of Crew’s operations. Minimizing methane venting is one of Crew’s major priority areas and as of 2020, we have seen a 6% reduction in methane venting compared to the 2019 baseline. We are also focused on flaring emissions reductions, resulting in plant inlet flaring intensity decreasing from 0.21% in 2015 to 0.05% in 2020, representing a reduction of 76%.

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Often, these emission reduction initiatives lead to operational cost savings and profitability increases, thereby presenting a direct and positive link between improved ESG performance and financial sustainability.
Crew's Emissions

In 2019, Crew concluded that approved regulatory methods for measuring vented gas emissions may not adequately be capturing the full volume of emissions being emitted by our heavy oil operations. As a result, Crew has heavily invested in the installation of 52 additional gas meters to measure actual daily gas vented at its heavy oil operations to measure and forecast emissions proactively, accurately, and consistently.

SCOPE 1

Direct GHG Emissions

208,449 tCO2e

SCOPE 2

Energy Indirect GHG Emissions

463 tCO2e

Scope 1 GHG Emissions (tCO2e)
Vented Emissions Reduced 6% from 2019
Fugitive Emissions Decreased 27% from 2019
Other Combustion Emissions Decreased 5% from 2019
Flared Emissions Down 25% from 2017 levels

Flared Emissions Other Combustion Emissions Fugitive Emissions Other Vented Emissions

Vented Emissions

Decreased 6% from 2019 due to strategies such as installing gas meters on vent and fuel gas lines, using low bleed pneumatic or electric end devices in an effort to replace high-bleed pneumatic devices and installing 11 bitcoin mining data centres and three combustors at remote sites.

Fugitive Emissions

Decreased 27% from 2019 partially due to Crew’s Fugitive Emissions Program that enables Crew to quickly detect and successfully repair leaks.

Other Combustion Emissions

Decreased 5% from 2019 through initiatives like substituting diesel by using bi-fuel systems, optimizing field operator routes, consolidating facilities, utilizing advanced multi-pad designs and installing remote SCADA monitoring in remote locations.

Flared Emissions

Although flaring has increased by 25% from 2019 levels, Crew’s plant inlet flaring intensity decreased from 0.21% in 2015 to .05% in 2020, representing a reduction of 76%.

Scope 1 Emissions Breakdown by Region

Flared Emissions Other Combustion Emissions Fugitive Emissions Other Vented Emissions

Since 2019, Crew has invested over $400,000 in technologies within its Lloydminster heavy oil operations to reduce otherwise vented gas, helping to reduce corporate venting by 6,064 tCO2e from 2019 to 2020. Vent gas meters are currently operating on approximately 45% of Crew’s heavy oil operating sites and are now a requirement on all new active sites.

Reduction
Strategies at Work

Crew will be installing a waste heat recovery unit** at our Wilder (West Septimus) gas plant that is expected to reduce GHG intensity at the gas plant by approximately 10% following its installation and commissioning which is anticipated in Q3 2021.

** Crew gratefully acknowledges assistance from the Province of British Columbia’s CleanBC Industry Fund for their support of this project.

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Effective reduction initiatives

Total GHG Consumption (Scope 1 & 2) and Intensity

Due to Crew’s emission reduction strategies Crew’s total Scope 1 GHG emissions achieved a reduction of 6% tCO2e 2020 from 2019 levels. The increase in measurement accuracy in 2019 for Crew’s Heavy Oil vented and flare gas portfolio resulted in increased vented emissions being reported from 2017 and 2018 levels.

Key Initiatives

All Asset Areas

  • Fugitive Emissions Program to quickly detect and repair leaks
  • Field operator route and well monitoring optimization
  • Optimization of wellsite pad design and completion activities that reduce diesel use and flaring
  • Utilization of interfield produced water transport lines to minimize trucking
  • Solar energy installations for remote site monitoring

Northeast B.C.

  • Use of bi-fuel powered completion equipment to replace diesel fuel
  • Flaring reduction due to in-line well testing
  • Instrument air pneumatic instruments at all new facilities in BC
  • Facilities consolidation to maximize and more efficiently use infrastructure and equipment
  • Optimization of work camp locations to minimize travel times
  • Re-routing produced gas to newer facilities with lower GHG intensity
  • Drilling a water disposal well to minimize third-party trucking

Lloydminster (Heavy Oil Asset)

  • Drilling multi-well horizontal pads
  • Cryptocurrency mining utilizing previously vented gas
  • Installation of gas metering for the purposes of measuring fuel and vented gas
  • Combustor installations to prevent direct methane venting at well sites
  • Installation of SCADA on 35% of Crew’s producing well sites that reduces travel required into remote areas and the associated fuel consumed

Our Path Forward

Through these GHG Emission reduction initiatives Crew has been able to foster a culture that embraces the opportunity to reduce its carbon footprint and is proactive in solving ongoing climate change challenges as the company moves towards a lower carbon future.

Future actions will complement the steps already taken to increase the sustainability of the Company, reduce our GHG emissions intensity, and to continue to add value for our shareholders. Crew is looking forward to continuing to take material steps to mitigate climate risk through achievable Scope 1 emissions reductions across our operations, and make tangible, incremental progress toward overarching climate and environmental goals.

Source: The average North American car emits 4.6 tonnes of CO2 per year (Source:  EPA / Natural Resources Canada)