Reporting Our Sustainable Value

Social and environmental performance is just part of our business

In 2016, we released our second integrated report. We are proud to be the first company in Alberta to integrate financial and  sustainability reporting.


We are on the leading edge — very few companies put their financial, people, environmental and safety goals all together in one integrated annual report.


Reporting our sustainability results alongside our financial and operational performance reflects how central sustainability is to how we do business.

2016 Sustainability Highlights

Sustainability is central to how we do business. This is our second year releasing an integrated annual report — integrated, because it combines our sustainability results and financial performance into one report. Sustainability highlights from 2016 include:

  • Production from renewable energy in 2016 resulted in avoidance of over 3.1 million tonnes of CO2e, which is equivalent to removing over 730,000 vehicles of North American roads
  • Reduction in total greenhouse gas emissions of 1.5 million tonnes CO2e, compared with 2015 (2016: 30.7 million tonnes CO2e and 2015: 32.2 million tonnes CO2e)
  • Announced plans to pursue a transition of our coal plants to gas and expand our hydro capacity at our Brazeau facility — in line with our clean power growth strategy
  • Alignment of our greenhouse gas emission reduction targets with the UN Sustainable Development Goals — by 2030 we expect to remove 19.7 million tonnes of CO2e or the equivalent of 4.6 million cars of North American roads
  • Decommissioning of our Cowley Ridge wind farm after 23 years of service and recycling of over a million tonnes of metal (80 per cent of facility materials)
  • Community investments that totaled $2.5 million with $750,000 of this total being dedicated to youth education (including the University of Calgary, University of Alberta, Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, Mount Royal University, The Banff Centre (indigenous leadership scholarships), Mother Earth’s Children’s Charter School (indigenous kindergarten to grade 9), Calgary Stampede (the Young Canadians, ages 7 to 18) and national Canada and U.S. indigenous scholarships (post-secondary for trades and academic)

With the help of the First Nations groups and voices of those communities, we produced an Indigenous Awareness Training handbook for all our employees. This achievement is in line with a commitment to supporting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, specifically, goal 10: reduced inequalities

TransAlta has been reporting on sustainability for 22 years.
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