About Heartland's sustainability

Committed to sustainable solutions

From day one of design, we knew sustainability would be a critical part of our Heartland Petrochemical Complex (HPC). Deliberate design and technology choices paired with local propane feedstock is anticipated to help Heartland generate less greenhouse gas than average North American and global PP facilities.

Reducing emissions and freshwater use

When operating in a steady state, HPC is designed to use by-product ethane and hydrogen to fuel power production in the cogeneration unit (CUB) to make up approximately 32 per cent of the operation’s total fuel usage, reducing the total carbon footprint by approximately 130,000 tonnes annually. Our CUB also uploads approximately 50 megawatts to the public grid annually. This power, produced with natural gas as a feedstock, provides low emissions power to the public grid in the region. Additionally, our use of air cooling instead of water cooling in the operation means we will use 80 per cent less make-up water.

Propane dehydrogenation

Our feedstock is another factor in reducing emissions at HPC. From a well to plant gate basis, our polypropylene carbon footprint is projected to be one of the smallest in the industry due to our propane dehydrogenation process, a vastly cleaner process compared to other technologies and processes in the polypropylene industry.

Diversifying end use, reducing carbon

HPC is designed to utilize more than 22,000 barrels of Canadian propane feedstock per day and turns it into polypropylene pellets, removing the potential for the carbon in propane to be available as a combustion fuel source. Compared to the conventional life cycle of Canadian propane, our process represents a ~44 per cent net reduction in GHG emissions, 0.9-1.0 million tonnes of CO2e/year, in comparison to the standard uses for Canadian propane, across the 25-year operating life of the complex, according to a 2020 lifecycle assessment of GHG emissions conducted by AFARA. This is equivalent to removing roughly 217,000 passenger vehicles from our roads each year or 100 per cent of GHG emissions that Inter Pipeline produced from its Canadian operations in 2019.

Follow our progress

We’re pleased to share details about progress we’re making on our sustainability journey: From reducing emissions and fresh water uptake in our operations, to supporting research and partnerships that find ways for us to use post-consumer recycled plastics in new and innovative ways.   

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