Sustainable Development

Our long term targets support achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Our 2019 and future sustainability goals and targets support the long-term success of our business. Targets are set in line with business unit goals to manage material sustainability issues or key areas of concern for stakeholders and ultimately improve our environmental and social performance in these areas.

We will also continue to seek alignment and show our support for the 2030 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which we aligned with in 2016. Our alignment with the UN Sustainable Development Goals reflect our mindset. We’re a global company and we want to be part of a shared solution to our global sustainability challenges.

Targets are outlined below:

Human and Intellectual Annual Performance Status
1. Reduce safety incidents Achieve an Injury Frequency Rate below 0.43


Achieve a Total Incident Frequency rate below 1.58

20 per cent improvement over 2018 performance (0.54)


20 per cent improvement over 2018 performance (1.98)

2. Minimize fleet-wide environmental incidents Keep recorded incidents (including spills and air infractions) below 5 44 per cent improvement over 2018 target
3. Increase mine reclaimed acreage Replace annual topsoil at Highvale mine at a rate of 110 acres/year 57 per cent increase over 2018 target (70 acres)


Natural Annual Performance Status
4. Reduce air emissions 95 per cent reduction from 2005 levels of TransAlta SO2 emissions and 50 percent reduction NOx emissions by 2030 Revised NOx target to align with coal-to-gas conversion strategy and growth in gas estimations
5. Reduce GHG emissions

Our GHG goal and targets support UN SDG Goal 13: Climate Action related to ensuring “integrate climate change measures into national policies, strategies and planning.”

Our goal, in line with a commitment to the UN SDGs and prevention of two degrees Celsius of global warming, is to reduce our total GHG emissions in 20130 to 60 per cent below 2015 levels (Our GHG and clean power targets assume reasonably anticipated growth and operating scenarios) Consistent with 2018 target




Social and Relationship Annual Performance Status
6. Support quality education for youth

Our education goal and target support UN SDG Goal 4: Quality Education related to ensuring “inclusive and equitable quality education” and related to “eliminating gender disparities in education”

Support equal access to all levels of education for youth and Indigenous peoples through financial support and employment opportunities



Consistent with 2018 target




Comprehensive Annual Performance Status
7. TransAlta will be a leading clean power company by 2025


Our clean power goal and targets support the UN SDG Goal 7: Affordable and Clean Energy related to ensuring “access to affordable, reliable and sustainable and modern energy.”


We are planning the conversion of two coal units at Sundance, Alberta and three coal units at Keephills, Alberta to gas-fired generation in the 2021 to 2022 timeframe

By 2025, 100 per cent of our owned net generation capacity will be from clean power (renewables and gas)

We will continue to seek new opportunities to grow our portfolio of 2,265 MW wind, hydro and solar assets

Revised 2018 target


Consistent with 2018 target


Consistent with 2018 target