Environmental Stewardship

    Environmental Management System

    Cheniere has implemented elements of an Environmental Management System (EMS) in accordance with ISO 14001 standard, and expects to systematically integrate and more fully document the remaining elements over the next few years. The critical elements of an EMS that are currently in place at Cheniere are described below.

    Leadership and Corporate Environmental Policy

    Cheniere is committed to conducting business in a manner that limits impacts to the environment in all aspects of the Company’s business, as documented in our Corporate Environmental Policy. This policy applies to all employees, contingent workers, contractors and consultants. The accountability for compliance with the Policy lies with our General Counsel, a member of our Executive Leadership Team, and demonstrates our Leadership’s support of an effective environmental management framework.

    Planning and Risks

    Cheniere identifies and avoids or mitigates potential environmental risks associated with our projects and operations. Cheniere ensures our projects are properly permitted, constructed, and operated in accordance with our Corporate Environmental Policy. We analyze and assess climate science and policy in the U.S. and in key international countries and engage with internal and external stakeholders to take appropriate steps to limit risks to our business.

    Compliance Obligations

    We identify and track our environmental requirements and changes to existing requirements, and enact compliance and training programs in a timely manner.

    Performance Evaluation

    Through a combination of monitoring, testing, sample analysis, reporting, and recordkeeping, Cheniere maintains quantitative data to track compliance and environmental performance relative to the Company’s obligations. We conduct emission tests, sample and analyze storm water and waste water, and quantify and characterize the wastes we generate. We record and report the results, and take action to improve our performance based on those results.

    Additionally, Cheniere performs audits and self-assessments related to compliance with our environmental obligations and to assure the effectiveness of the EMS. We provide reports of these efforts to senior management, and use the lessons learned to help us continually improve our performance.

    Collectively, our team of experienced professionals works closely with operations, engineering and construction, and others to ensure regulatory compliance, and performs functions related to employee and stakeholder education, preparedness planning, program assessment and reporting, and state and federal agency reporting.

    Compliance with necessary environmental authorizations is a key principle in our environmental stewardship effort. We track our air emissions, water and effluent limits and waste disposal, and we use this data to drive continuous improvement. Cheniere’s operations are regulated by several state and federal environmental agencies. As part of compliance with these regulatory programs, Cheniere submits periodic environmental reports outlining its environmental performance and compliance. These include:

    Air Emissions & Greenhouse Gas Reduction Program

    Cheniere’s facilities came online in 2016 employing best available control technologies to reduce emissions. Our facilities have Greenhouse Gas (GHG) limits or targets required by their respective air permits. Consistent with our environmental policy goals, we have complied with these targets.

    In addition, our emissions and other environmental reports are submitted to state and federal agencies, including the U.S. EPA. For example, the U.S. EPA, after verification, released our 2017 GHG emissions, available by clicking here.

    Cheniere’s operations are regulated by several state and federal environmental agencies and we track our air emissions from our facilities. As part of compliance with these regulatory programs, Cheniere submits periodic environmental reports outlining its environmental performance and compliance. These include, but are not limited to:

    Cheniere's facilities are subject to a variety of air monitoring programs ranging from annual to monthly leak detection and repair programs using Optical Gas Imaging and/or EPA Method 21 techniques. In addition, gas-fired turbines are subject to emissions performance testing according to EPA or state standards. A peer-reviewed study by Stanford University (Ravikumar and Brandt 2017) says that, “emissions reductions from optical gas imaging-based leak detection programs can range from 15 percent to over 70 percent.” The U.S. EPA (Technical Support Document, 2016) estimates LDAR achieves “about 40 percent for annual monitoring, 60 percent for semiannual monitoring, and 80 percent for quarterly monitoring.”

    In addition to LDAR activities, Cheniere employs certain design and operational activities that reduce methane emissions from its facilities. These include utilization of air instead of natural gas to control valves and other equipment.  If natural gas service is essential, then the design in the construction specifications will call for low bleed devices. Additional work-practices are undertaken to minimize blowing down of equipment. In preparation of performing certain planned activities on the pipeline that will require a blow down of the pipeline, Cheniere utilizes temporary compression to pump down the last valve section to lower the pressure in the pipeline and reduce the volume of gas blown down, thereby reducing methane emissions.

    In addition, gas‐fired turbines at the facilities, as part of the air permit application, underwent best available control technology (BACT) controls review and demonstrated the application of such technologies to reduce emissions and are subject to emissions performance testing according to EPA or state standards.

    All of Cheniere’s operating facilities participate in the Subpart W monitoring and reporting.

    Beyond our air emissions program, we also comply with Federal and State regulations applicable to waste management, water discharge, and other potentially environmentally harmful occurrences. The EIS or EA prepared by FERC examines air emissions as part of the approval process for our facilities.

    In addition, FERC and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) perform safety reviews during the siting and design processes, prior to terminal approval. We comply with multiple regulations relevant to safety on an ongoing basis, with various procedures and standards in place to guide safe operations. Additional details of the environmental assessments, authorizations from different regulatory agencies and information on the FERC process and additional authorizations related to biodiversity issues can be found on our Terminals section on our website by clicking here

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