Sustainability at CP

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CP Releases 2019 Corporate Sustainability Data Supplement

CP has released its 2019 corporate sustainability data supplement to the company’s 2018 sustainability report, Sustainably Driven. The information in the report was prepared in accordance with the Global Reporting Initiative Standards and aligns closely with the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board for Rail Transportation framework.

“CP is committed to operating in an ethical and responsible manner that considers our obligations to employees, customers, communities and shareholders,” said Keith Creel, CP's President and Chief Executive Officer. “We are resolute in our approach to sustainability and to meeting the needs of our key stakeholders and the broader environment.”

The data supplement is a significant milestone in CP’s journey toward a higher level of reporting and stronger environmental, social and governance practices. This supplement represents the first time CP has been able to report its full Scope 3 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, an important step to understanding the broader impact of CP’s business. All emissions reported in the supplement have the highest level of third-party assurance.

Key sustainability highlights include:


  • In 2019, CP continued to lead as North America's safest Class 1 railway with the lowest Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) reportable train accident frequency for the 14th consecutive year.
  • CP achieved a 23 percent reduction in personal FRA-reportable employee personal injuries since implementation of its Home Safe program in 2016.

Operational excellence

  • Since 1990, CP has improved its locomotive fuel efficiency by 43 percent through initiatives designed to improve fuel economy and reduce air pollution emissions.
  • Transportation of freight by rail is three to four times more fuel-efficient than highway transport, helping our customers further reduce their GHG emissions.
  • CP increased its intermodal traffic by nearly 5 percent in 2019, transporting an additional 1.3 billion revenue ton-miles of freight by rail.
  • In 2019, CP completed more than 86,000 main-track inspections on more than 1.8 million main-track miles.
  • Since 2015, CP has decreased water consumption by nearly 60 percent network-wide.

Social Impact

  • In 2019, CP raised $530,000 in support of the Homes for Heroes Foundation and its initiative of building homes for homeless veterans through its Spin for a Veteran event and supplier golf tournament.
  • CP hired 126 Canadian and U.S. veterans in 2019.
  • In 2019, CP provided respectful and inclusive workplace training to more than 2,700 employees. An additional 1,496 employees received Indigenous cultural awareness training as part of CP’s support for diversity and inclusion in its workplace.

CP will continue to build on this progress and deliver on its ambitious vision for the future of its business in a low-carbon economy, as outlined in CP’s recent public statement on climate change. The statement supports the goals of the Paris Agreement and the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change, which seek to limit global temperature rise to well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.

CP’s actions and efforts to strengthen its leadership in the transition to a low-carbon economy were recognized this year by Corporate Knights Magazine’s Best 50 Corporate Citizens list and by the World Finance Sustainability Awards 2020, which named the company a sustainability leader in the transportation industry.

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

See the full press release here, and find more information in Resources & Downloads.

CP Releases Climate Strategy and Ambitious Emissions Reduction Targets

CP's first comprehensive Climate Strategy outlines our approach to drive innovative climate action and a measured response to emerging climate-related risks impacting the rail sector.

CP’s Hydrogen-Powered Locomotive Pilot Project

CP plans to develop North America’s first line-haul hydrogen-powered locomotive. The Hydrogen Locomotive Program will retrofit a line-haul locomotive with hydrogen fuel cells and battery technology to drive the locomotive’s electric traction motors.

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 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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