Sustainable Development Targets

Our 2018 and longer-term sustainability targets support the long-term success of our business. Targets are set in line with business unit goals to manage key areas of concern for stakeholders and ultimately improve our environmental and social performance in these areas.

We continue to evolve and adapt targets to focus on anticipated key areas of materiality to stakeholders. We will also continue to seek alignment and show our support for the 2030 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In 2016, we aligned our 2030 greenhouse gas reduction targets with a commitment to the UN SDGs. In 2017, we aligned our youth education targets and new clean power targets with the UN SDGs.

Targets are outlined below:

Human and Intellectual Annual Performance Status
1. Reduce safety incidents Achieve an Injury Frequency Rate below 0.53


Achieve a Total Injury Frequency Rate below 2.83

20 per cent improvement over 2017 performance (0.75)


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2. Manage employee turnover
Maintain voluntary turnover percentage under eight per cent Consistent with 2017 target, we seek to maintain voluntary turnover under eight per cent as this is considered a healthy amount of turnover
3. Support employee development Advance our Elevate leadership training, completing training for 75 professionals or subject matter experts. Builds upon 2017 target and our continued focus on employee development

Natural Annual Performance Status
4. Minimize fleet-wide environmental incidents Keep recorded incidents (including spills and air infractions) below nine 20 per cent improvement over 2017 target
5. Increase mine reclaimed acreage Replace annual topsoil at Highvale mine at a rate of 70 acres/year Below 2017 target (74 acres)
6. Reduce air emissions 95 per cent reduction from 2005 levels of TransAlta coal facility NOx and SO2 emissions by 2030 Consistent with 2017 (long-term target)
7. Reduce GHG emissions









Our goal, in line with a commitment to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), is to reduce our total GHG emissions in 2021 to 30 per cent below 2015 levels (Our GHG and clean power targets assume reasonably anticipated growth and operating scenarios)


Our goal, in line with a commitment to the UN SDGs and prevention of two degrees Celsius of global warming, is to reduce our total greenhouse gas emissions in 2030 to 60 per cent below 2015 levels (Our GHG and clean power targets assume reasonably anticipated growth and operating scenarios)

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Social and Relationship Annual Performance Status
8. Support quality education for youth


Our education goal and targets support UN SDG Goal 4: Quality Education related to ensuring “inclusive and equitable quality education” and related to “eliminating gender disparities in education”

Support equal access to all levels of education for youth and Indigenous peoples

Approximately $0.75 million of community investment spending will be directed to supporting youth education

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Consistent with 2017 target


9. Increase internal best practice Aboriginal engagement awareness Develop sustainability and indigenous engagement materials for Integration within our developmental leadership programs at TransAlta New target

Comprehensive Annual Performance Status
10. Transition from coal to gas-fired and renewable generation


Our clean power goal and targets support UN SDG Goal 7: Affordable and Clean Energy related to ensuring “access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy”





By 2022, we will convert six coal plant units from coal-fired generation to gas-fired generation


By 2025, 100 per cent of our owned asset company-wide net generation capacity will be from gas and renewables

We will continue to seek new opportunities to grow our portfolio of 2,265 MW wind, hydro and solar assets

Continue to explore viability of Brazeau 900 MW pumped hydro expansion – doubling our hydro capacity in Alberta

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