Our sustainability reporting describes significant economic, environmental, social and governance measures, which are reported with reference to CDP, SASB and GRI. These include but are not limited to:
These metrics contribute to our performance for CDP Climate, S&P Global Corporate Assessment and Sustainalytics scores, which comprise 10% of the Corporate Performance Scorecard for our Long-term Incentive Plan. In addition, HSE metrics comprise 25% of the scorecard for our Short-Term Incentive Plan. These are industry-typical leading and lagging indicators reflective of responsible, safe and sustainable operations:
Thus, sustainability- and climate-related performance is linked not only to executive but also all employee compensation, given that we use the same scorecard for every staff member. We report on this externally through our Proxy Statement and Information Circular each year.
We also track carbon pricing, and have identified actual and likely pricing scenarios for all of our operations based on current government policies and published research relating to the Paris Agreement. For example, in Canada, the 2021 carbon tax was $40 per tCO2e, and in Ireland, carbon pricing was 52 € per tCO2e. Further information is available in the Strategy section and in our CDP Climate submission, available at sustainability.vermilionenergy.com in the Download Reports section.
In addition, we benchmark our performance via third-party ESG rating agencies, including:
We report Scopes 1, 2 and 3 emissions, which are externally verified under ISO 14064-3. Historical, corporate and business unit data can be found in our Performance Metrics section.
Vermilion announced two emission-related targets in 2021:
We developed, and the Board approved, these targets following our climate scenario analysis and extensive internal assessment. There are significant inherent uncertainties in how the energy transition will accelerate over the next three decades. Our intention is to manage these by focusing on responsible production of essential oil and natural gas for as long as these forms of energy are needed, while developing opportunities in other areas that are an economic and synergistic fit for our business.
Committing to an aspirational net zero target was important, but setting a company-wide nearer term target as the first step in creating a clear pathway was even more so. We looked at our own operations – from how we manage emissions data to options for emission reduction – and at how our peers and the majors are approaching this. From, this, we identified emissions intensities and opportunities for reduction within our business units, and set our second target.
This will be achieved, starting with our business units with higher emissions intensities, with an initial focus on efficiency, including process changes, venting reductions, instrumentation upgrades from gas to air and power efficiency options, along with improved metering and field measurements. Going forward, we will be setting new targets every five years, building on this foundation while exploring broader options, including the potential to reduce Scope 3 emissions.
We will track our performance using Scope 1 and 2 absolute and intensity emission metrics.
Details of our continued progress against these and previous targets are provided here:
Progress (see Energy and Emissions Reduction page for details)
|Scope 1 – flaring and venting||Set in 2014: Reduce flaring emissions at our light-oil assets in southeast Saskatchewan acquired in 2014 by 50% by 2020||Achieved above target: 88% reduction in annual emissions as of end 2020|
|Scope 1 - methane||Set in 2014: Methane reduction target included in the target above to reduce flaring emissions at our light-oil assets in southeast Saskatchewan acquired in 2014 by 50% by 2020||Achieved above target: 86% reduction in annual methane emissions as of end 2020|
|Scope 1 – flaring and venting||Set in 2014: Reduce flaring emissions at one of our major facilities in France by 65% by 2015||Achieved: 65% reduction in emissions (avoiding the flaring of 14,500 tCO2e annually) by implementing a gas export system|
|Scope 2 – renewable energy||Set in 2015: Exceed 5% of our total power consumption coming from renewable sources (replacing traditionally generated electricity) by 2017||Achieved above target: Reduced Scope 2 emissions in Netherlands from 41% of our 2015 gross Scope 2 emissions to 2% in 2016 and 0% in 2017. This program has been extended through 2022, and was adopted in our Ireland Business Unit in 2021.|
|Renewable Heat Energy Target||Set in 2015: Generate 31,380MWh of renewable geothermal energy annually in our France Business Unit from our Parentis battery's tomato greenhouse project until at least 2035||Above Target: 2021 production was 57,985 MWh of geothermal energy primarily from the Parentis site, with additional input from the La Teste site, and two other sites that launched in late 2021|
|Scope 1- flaring and venting||Set in 2018: reduce the flaring and venting emissions, including methane, associated with the Spartan assets acquired in 2018 by 50% by 2024||On track: 55% reduction achieved in 2021|
|Scope 1 – methane||Set in 2018: Similar to our 2014 acquisition of Elkhorn, this is a proportional target associated with our program to reduce methane emissions for our 2018 acquisition of Spartan by 50% by 2024.||On track: 57% reduction achieved in 2021|
|Scope 1 GHG emissions||Set in 2021: Reduce Scope 1 intensity by 15-20% from our 2019 baseline year by 2025.||On track: 5% reduction achieved in 2021|