Fugitive emissions program

‘Fugitive emissions’ refers to vapours, often consisting of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), that can escape from valves and other fittings at an industrial facility. Irving Oil has a highly vigilant emissions control program in place at our refinery for finding and reducing fugitive emissions.

Since 1992, our Fugitive Emissions Program has involved the analysis of approximately 30,000 separate components on annual basis. Teams searching these components use portable laboratory equipment, which easily fits into backpacks so they can manoeuvre among refinery equipment.

Using probes to search for leaks around each valve fitting, up to five sample points are measured for a potential leak. Once a leak is found, repair work is immediately done to rectify it. This program has led to an average year over year fugitive emissions reduction of 32 percent since 2007.