1. Establishing the criteria
In 2017, in conjunction with the Pembina Institute, a Canadian non-profit organization renowned for its expertise in energy and climate issues, Énergir established the criteria and analyzed several evaluation methods to measure the environmental, social and governance performance of natural gas producers.
In the end, the EO100 TM Standard created by Equitable Origin was chosen. As the only standard specifically designed for the energy sector, it sets itself apart through the thoroughness of its audits and its requirements for sound management, transparency, respect for Indigenous peoples' rights, working conditions and the environment, among others.
2. Field testing
By the spring of 2018, Énergir was ready to field-test the criteria and evaluation method it planned to adopt. It launched a pilot project that brought together a Western Canadian gas producer, independent evaluators recognized by Equitable Origin and members of the Pembina Institute.
The project made it possible to verify the relevance of the evaluation process, as well as identify areas for improvement that would help Énergir enhance its evaluation process as a whole after consultation with stakeholders. This approach was the basis for the responsible natural gas procurement initiative that Énergir submitted to the Régie de l'énergie as part of its 2019–2020 supply plan, and which the Régie noted in its November 2019 decision.