Sustainability at CP

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Sustainability at CP
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CP Completes Installation of Solar Energy Farm

CP is proud to announce the completion of the solar energy farm installation at its Calgary headquarters. The project is one of the largest private solar farms in Alberta and is expected to generate more power than consumed annually by the main headquarters building.

James Clements, Senior Vice-President Strategic Planning and Technology Transformation officially inaugurated the project March 31.

“This project is a testament to the ongoing commitment CP has made to reduce the environmental footprint of our business operations,” said Clements. “Sustainable business practices are important in our fight against climate change and should take into consideration the ability to meet our needs, without jeopardizing the future of generations to come.”

The solar energy farm will generate up to five megawatts of electricity while avoiding an estimated 2,600 tonnes of carbon emissions a year, equal to taking approximately 570 cars off the road. The project will reduce CP’s total scope 2 emissions footprint. Scope 2 emissions are indirect greenhouse gases emitted from sources that are owned or controlled by an organization. For CP, scope 2 emissions are generated during the production of electricity purchased from local utilities.

Construction of the solar farm began in October 2020 with utilities being placed into the ground before winter weather settled in. The completed installation spans approximately five hectares and provides covered parking for up to 500 employee vehicles. Four electric car-charging stations with the ability to fully charge most electrical cars in up to five hours were also added to provide employees with quick and efficient access.

“We are excited about how this project positions CP as a sustainably driven company,” said Glen Wilson, Managing Director Environmental Risk, Regulatory and Environment. “CP is being increasingly recognized globally for its sustainability practices and the conversion of our headquarters building to solar power is a very strong and visible indication of our commitment to climate action.

How it works: (1) Solar panels installed at CP’s Calgary headquarters. These photovoltaic cells convert sunlight into direct current power. (2) Inverters are used to convert direct current power from the solar farm to alternating current. (3) The inverters feed electricity into CP’s electrical distribution system, which powers the main headquarters building. (4) The bi-directional meter keeps track of energy imported from the grid. (5) The campus remains connected to the utility grid. 

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CP Completes Installation of Solar Energy Farm

The project is one of the largest private solar farms in Alberta, and is expected to generate more power than consumed annually by the main headquarters building.

CP Announces Hydrogen-Powered Locomotive Pilot Project

CP is proud to announce the hydrogen-powered locomotive pilot project, an integral part of our commitment to meet the challenge of climate change and support the decarbonization of the freight transportation sector in North America.

CP Added to the Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index

CP was recognized for sustainabiltiy leadership on the SAM Corporate Sustainability Assessment and added to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) for North America in 2020.

CP Scores an A- on 2020 CDP Climate Change Disclosure Reporting

CP received a leadership level score of A- on the CDP Climate Change 2020 questionnaire for our management and prioritization of climate change impacts.

CP Releases 2019 Corporate Sustainability Data Supplement

The 2019 Corporate Sustainability Data Supplement is part of CP’s commitment to detailed disclosure, outlining sustainability metrics and performance in the areas of safety, operational excellence and social impact.

The Discovery Channel Features CP in Rocky Mountain Railroad

In 2018, Discovery Channel premiered the documentary series, Rocky Mountain Railroad, featuring CP and the Ontario Northland Railway.

Isabelle Courville to Chair CP's Board of Directors

Isabelle Courville, a Board director since 2013, became Chair of the Board May 7, 2019, making history as the first-ever woman at CP and the first-ever woman across all Class 1 freight railways in North America to hold this position.

CP Donates $1 Million for CHU Sainte-Justine to Support Stem Cell Research and Pediatric Regenerative Medicine

Congenital heart defects affect one in 80 children in Canada every year and there is currently no treatment to permanently repair the heart.

2019 CP Women’s Open

In partnership with Golf Canada, CP sponsors the annual Women’s Open golf tournament, and makes a substantial donation each year to support local paediatric care in the host community of Canada's National Open Golf Championship.

CP’s Goals for Kids Program Donates More Than $75,000 to Charity

CP is dedicated to raising awareness about heart-healthy living through our community investment platform, CP Has Heart.

Moose Jaw Gathering on Truth & Reconciliation

In April 2018, CP sponsored and participated in the week-long Atamiskākēwak Gathering in Moose Jaw, Sask.

CP Safety Awards Gala

In September 2019, CP hosted the inaugural Safety Awards for Excellence Gala at the RCP Pavilion at E.H.H. Campus in Calgary.

CP Launches Coaching Capability Program

Utilizing the results of CP’s 2017 Employee Engagement survey, CP recognized the need to coach our emerging leaders to help them engage our new employees.

Spin for a Veteran

In June 2019, the Homes for Heroes Foundation and CP held their third annual Spin for a Veteran event, which raised more than $530,000.

CP’s Indigenous Mechanical Recruitment Program

In 2017, CP and the Unifor National Employment Equity and Human Rights Committee conducted an internal review to identify gaps and challenges to hiring Indigenous individuals for railcar mechanical positions.

First Annual CP Suppliers Golf Invitational

In June 2018, CP suppliers and employees enjoyed a round of golf at the Elbow Springs Golf Club in Calgary where, with the support of numerous donations, they raised $100,000 for Heart Beats Children’s Society of Calgary.

CP FastPass Expedites Shipment Processing and Reduces Truck Idling

Introduced in 2017, CP FastPass is an industry-leading mobile app that helps reduce truck density and wait times at intermodal terminals across North America.

CP Unveils 8,500-Foot High-Efficiency Product (HEP) Train

In late 2018, CP introduced the next generation of grain transportation.

Trending Predictive Wayside Detector Data to Reduce Asset Failures

To mitigate safety risks and disruptions associated with railcar roller bearing failures, railways use wayside detectors to collect data about the condition of bearings (including temperature and vibration) on passing trains.

Bonaparte River Steelhead Habitat Compensation Project

To support steelhead trout populations, including rearing and spawning, CP began a habitat enhancement project along 100 metres of the Bonaparte River in British Columbia in 2017.

Water Well Sealing Program Reduces Liabilities

During CP’s long history, there were times we needed to draw water from strategically located wells to service steam locomotives and water livestock in transit.

Project Alpan

In August 2018, CP conducted Project Alpan, our largest real-world incident simulation exercise to date.

CP Safety Culture Recognized by the Railway Association of Canada

In August 2018, the Railway Association of Canada recognized CP’s commitment to safety at its annual 2018 Safety Awards.

CP Officially Renames Station from Hobbema to Maskwacis

In June 2019, CP officially renamed Hobbema train station located in central Alberta to Maskwacis, in acknowledgement of the true heritage of the land and the tribes who originated on Treaty 6 territory.

Triumph on
the Turkey
River in Iowa

After severe flooding along Iowa's Turkey River in March 2019, damage to a rail bridge resulted in 400 feet of CP main line track falling into the river. In a remarkable 12 days, CP's Operations team replaced and elevated the missing bridge
and track.

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