Our Targets & Metrics
Metrics Used to Assess Sustainability- and Climate-Related Risks and Opportunities
Our sustainability reporting describes significant economic, environmental, social and governance measures, which are reported with reference to CDP, SASB and GRI. These include but are not limited to:
- Climate: energy consumption and intensity; investment in and generation of renewable energy; greenhouse gas emission and intensity, including flaring and venting, and avoided emissions; and water withdrawal, including from areas of high baseline water stress, and discharge.
- Environment: Waste generation and management; Asset integrity and spills; and Environmental investment
- Social: Health and Safety; People; and Community investment
- Governance: Ethics
These metrics contribute to our performance for CDP Climate, S&P Global Corporate Assessment and Sustainalytics scores, which comprise 10% of the Corporate Performance Scorecard for our Long-term Incentive Plan. In addition, HSE metrics comprise 25% of the scorecard for our Short-Term Incentive Plan. These are industry-typical leading and lagging indicators reflective of responsible, safe and sustainable operations:
- Leading indicators (inputs) include elements such as HSE inspections and audits, finding closeout, compliance and regulatory inspections, and emergency response exercises.
- Lagging indicators (outputs) include elements such as lost time incidents, total recordable injuries, motor vehicle accidents, and liquid spills and releases. . These plans apply to all employees, including our executive team.
Thus, sustainability- and climate-related performance is linked not only to executive but also all employee compensation, given that we use the same scorecard for every staff member. We report on this externally through our Proxy Statement and Information Circular each year.
We also track carbon pricing, and have identified actual and likely pricing scenarios for all of our operations based on current government policies and published research relating to the Paris Agreement. For example, in Canada, the 2021 carbon tax was $40 per tCO2e, and in Ireland, carbon pricing was 52 € per tCO2e. Further information is available in the Strategy section and in our CDP Climate submission, available at sustainability.vermilionenergy.com in the Download Reports section.
In addition, we benchmark our performance via third-party ESG rating agencies, including:
- CDP Climate Change and Water Security: CDP Climate and Water scores of “B” in 2021 have us tied for the top decile for our industry
- ISS ESG QualityScore: Recognized as a leader in managing risk in our industry with a decile rating of “1” for Environmental and “2’ for Social practices. A decile score of “1” indicates lower governance risk, while “10” indicates higher risk.
- MSCI ESG Rating: In 2022, Vermilion maintained our AA rating.
- S&P Global Corporate Sustainability Assessment: Vermilion was top of our peer group in the 2021 Assessment, and was selected for inclusion in The Sustainability Yearbook 2022, reflecting sustainability performance within the top 15% of our industry.
- Sustainalytics ESG Risk Rating, which is available on the Sustainalytics website.
Scope 1, 2 and 3 GHG Emissions Disclosure
We report Scopes 1, 2 and 3 emissions, which are externally verified under ISO 14064-3. Historical, corporate and business unit data can be found in our Performance Metrics section.
Related Targets and Performance
Vermilion announced two emission-related targets in 2021:
- A commitment to net zero emissions in our own operations, including Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions, by 2050. We are transparent that this is an aspirational goal, and that we will build the plan to achieve this target over time.
- As a first step, we set a near-term target to reduce Scope 1 emissions intensity from our operations by 15 to 20% by 2025, using a baseline year of 2019. We intend to set new targets every five years at minimum, building on this foundation while exploring broader options, including the potential to reduce Scope 3 emissions.
We developed, and the Board approved, these targets following our climate scenario analysis and extensive internal assessment. There are significant inherent uncertainties in how the energy transition will accelerate over the next three decades. Our intention is to manage these by focusing on responsible production of essential oil and natural gas for as long as these forms of energy are needed, while developing opportunities in other areas that are an economic and synergistic fit for our business.
Committing to an aspirational net zero target was important, but setting a company-wide nearer term target as the first step in creating a clear pathway was even more so. We looked at our own operations – from how we manage emissions data to options for emission reduction – and at how our peers and the majors are approaching this. From, this, we identified emissions intensities and opportunities for reduction within our business units, and set our second target.
This will be achieved, starting with our business units with higher emissions intensities, with an initial focus on efficiency, including process changes, venting reductions, instrumentation upgrades from gas to air and power efficiency options, along with improved metering and field measurements. Going forward, we will be setting new targets every five years, building on this foundation while exploring broader options, including the potential to reduce Scope 3 emissions.
We will track our performance using Scope 1 and 2 absolute and intensity emission metrics.
Details of our continued progress against these and previous targets are provided here:
Progress (see Energy and Emissions Reduction page for details)
Scope 1 – flaring and venting
Set in 2014: Reduce flaring emissions at our light-oil assets in southeast Saskatchewan acquired in 2014 by 50% by 2020
Achieved above target: 88% reduction in annual emissions as of end 2020
Scope 1 – methane
Set in 2014: Methane reduction target included in the target above to reduce flaring emissions at our light-oil assets in southeast Saskatchewan acquired in 2014 by 50% by 2020
Achieved above target: 86% reduction in annual methane emissions as of end 2020
Scope 1 – flaring and venting
Set in 2014: Reduce flaring emissions at one of our major facilities in France by 65% by 2015
Achieved: 65% reduction in emissions (avoiding the flaring of 14,500 tCO2e annually) by implementing a gas export system
Scope 2 – renewable energy
Set in 2015: Exceed 5% of our total power consumption coming from renewable sources (replacing traditionally generated electricity) by 2017
Achieved above target: Reduced Scope 2 emissions in Netherlands from 41% of our 2015 gross Scope 2 emissions to 2% in 2016 and 0% in 2017. This program has been extended through 2022, and was adopted in our Ireland Business Unit in 2021.
Renewable Heat Energy Target
Set in 2015: Generate 31,380MWh of renewable geothermal energy annually in our France Business Unit from our Parentis battery’s tomato greenhouse project until at least 2035
Above Target: 2021 production was 57,985 MWh of geothermal energy primarily from the Parentis site, with additional input from the La Teste site, and two other sites that launched in late 2021
Scope 1- flaring and venting
Set in 2018: reduce the flaring and venting emissions, including methane, associated with the Spartan assets acquired in 2018 by 50% by 2024
On track: 55% reduction achieved in 2021
Scope 1 – methane
Set in 2018: Similar to our 2014 acquisition of Elkhorn, this is a proportional target associated with our program to reduce methane emissions for our 2018 acquisition of Spartan by 50% by 2024.
On track: 57% reduction achieved in 2021
Scope 1 GHG emissions
Set in 2021: Reduce Scope 1 intensity by 15-20% from our 2019 baseline year by 2025.
On track: 5% reduction achieved in 2021