Deliberate sustainability in action

We believe better is possible, and we’ll prove it every day.

At Heartland Polymers, we don’t just talk about sustainability, we prove it. Every aspect of our production facility, Heartland Petrochemical Complex, was designed with sustainability in mind.

PLASTICS RESEARCH IN ACTION – Second Year Update

In partnership with the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT), Inter Pipeline hosted a virtual Plastics Research in Action Second Year Update event on November 25.

Watch the Event Recording

Our approach

Our approach to sustainability is deliberate, holistic, and informs every aspect of our Heartland Polymers business — in fact, believing better is possible was at the heart of the idea before any plans were put on paper or the ground was broken.

Setting a new global standard in GHG emissions

Heartland Petrochemical Complex will produce polypropylene that is projected to have GHG emissions 65 per cent lower than the global average and 35 per cent lower than the North American average for PP facilities, according to an IHS Markit report commissioned by Inter Pipeline.

The significant reduction in GHG emissions is due to a combination of factors, including the deliberate selection of processing methods and technologies, combined with the use of local natural propane feedstock and the addition of a co-generation facility that will use waste-heat and excess energy from plant operations to generate electricity re-supply.

Hydrogen powered

Hydrogen produced as a by-product at the propane dehydrogenation facility will be used as a fuel for HPC to reduce GHG emissions by approximately 130,000 tonnes per year

Smarter energy efficiency

The addition of an on-site Central Utility Block (CUB) co-generation facility will reduce operational GHG emissions by more than nine per cent. The CUB will use waste-heat and excess energy from plant operations to generate approximately 100 MW of electricity, with excess power being sold back to the grid. To reduce water consumption, HPC has been designed using a glycol cooling system and the CUB has been designed using an air-cooling system resulting in lower process wastewater generation.

Read more about our commitment to sustainability in the

Heartland +Impact Report

Plastics Research in Action

Initiative was implemented in 2019 following Inter Pipeline’s $10 million applied research commitment to the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology. Read more about PRIA below.

The idea is big. The opportunity is even bigger.

We are committed to delivering best-in-class solutions that position our industry for continued growth, responsibly.

Questions? Contact us today.

Leadership in action

Recyclable polymers will help our society move forward in new and sustainable ways, but it starts with industry leadership and collaboration with diverse stakeholders.

Inter Pipeline’s Heartland Polymers is proud to partner with the following organizations and initiatives:

Plastics Research in Action (PRIA), Inter Pipeline’s $10 million, 10-year partnership with the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) titled Plastics Research in Action (PRIA). The goal of PRIA is to draw on NAIT’s applied research expertise in the area of process engineering, process automation and environmental sustainability to explore plastic waste reduction opportunities in Alberta.

Alliance to End Plastic Waste, a global partnership of plastics producers committed to eliminating plastic waste in the environment. Comprised of more than 50 members across the plastics value chain, the Alliance is committed to investing more than $1.5B in plastics waste reduction globally.

Responsible Care®, As part of Responsible Care®, a verification team will visit Inter Pipeline every three years to ensure that the appropriate ethic and management systems are in place. The verification report is then published for public use. The work of Responsible Care® is supported by CIAC’s National Advisory Panel – a group of academics, environmental leaders and community members who provide an external perspective on all matters relevant to the chemistry industry.

Plastic Alliance of Alberta, Inter Pipeline is a founding member of the Plastics Alliance of Alberta, a partnership between industry, academia, and the Government of Alberta. The alliance will work to ensure that Alberta’s plastics sector produces best-in-class products that can be re-used and recycled, generate no waste or emissions and restores ecosystems.

Operation Clean Sweep (OCS)®, The goal of OCS® is to commit to zero plastic pellet loss as part of operations practices. Some of the measures implemented on site to support OCS® include: all pellet storage bins will be covered, using paved areas instead of gravel when possible, handling plastic pellets inside buildings as much as possible and using filters and skimmers on runoff ponds to ensure no plastic pellets enter the environment from site.

Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment Strategy on Zero Plastic Waste, Inter Pipeline is an active participant in stakeholder consultations around the CCME’s Strategy on Zero Plastic Waste.

PLASTICS Industry Association, Inter Pipeline is a proud member of The Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS), which represents the entire plastics industry supply chain from material manufacturers, processors, equipment manufacturers, to brand owners.

We are also members of the UN-recognized sustainability program, We Care.

Heartland Polymers is committed to recycle and market all on and off spec PP produced at the facility and send no plastics to landfill.

Ready to learn more? Contact our sales team.

The Heartland Polymers sales team brings together some of the most experienced people in the industry, all passionately invested in the reliable delivery of a quality product and a customer experience that exceeds expectations.