Sustainability at CP

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

CP is proud to announce that it received a leadership level score of A- from CDP for its 2020 climate change disclosure. This accomplishment represents a significant milestone in CP's journey to integrate climate-related risks and opportunities into the company’s sustainability programs and reporting practices.

“We are proud to be recognized by CDP as a leader in taking action to confront climate change,” said Keith Creel, CP’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “A leadership level score of A- from CDP is a reflection of our efforts to position CP for a sustainably-driven future by implementing climate action within our own operations, while engaging with our value chain to enable positive change beyond our organization.” 

Key highlights from CP’s 2020 CDP submission include:

  • CP released its first public statement on climate change, demonstrating its commitment to take action and meet the challenge of 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°C above pre-industrial levels.
  • CP committed to establishing a science-based emissions reduction target to guide its climate action.
  • CP released its 2019 Sustainability Data Supplement, which included for the first time the company’s full Scope 3 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, an important step to understanding the broader impacts of CP's business.
  • CP conducted a comprehensive scenario analysis in 2020 to understand the full range of possible climate change impacts to our business and align with the recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosure (TCFD).

CDP is an internationally recognized non-profit organization that runs a global environmental disclosure platform assessing companies on their climate-related performance and transparency. CP has been a contributing participant to CDP for over a decade, consistently disclosing annual emissions progress made on practices to improve the management of greenhouse gas emissions and ongoing energy efficiency initiatives.

CP will continue to build on its ambitious vision for sustainability in 2021. Initiatives will include formalizing the integration of climate-related risks into the enterprise risk-management process, developing CP’s strategy for mitigating risk, pursuing opportunities and increasing CP’s operational resilience under various climate change scenarios. Recognizing the global nature of the fight against climate change, CP aims to align with recognized initiatives that bring governments, sectors and supply chains together to support the goals laid out in the Paris Agreement.

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Read more in Energy Efficiency & Emissions.

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’s First Solar Energy Farm Installation

CP has begun work to install a solar energy farm at its corporate headquarters in Calgary. The installation is expected to generate more power than consumed annually at CP's main headquarters building by early 2021.

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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