About Equitrans Midstream

CSO Message and Our Sustainability Framework

Sustainable thinking and acting are embedded in Equitrans’ culture. Based on our Core Values, our Sustainability Framework outlines our approach to sustainable business practices to ensure that we continue to create value for all our stakeholders — employees, customers, shareholders, and the communities in which we operate.

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Chief Sustainability Officer Message

2-22
Statement on sustainable development strategy

2-22

As Chief Sustainability Officer for Equitrans Midstream Corporation, I am often asked how we balance our natural gas business and sustainability strategies. For Equitrans, business excellence and sustainability are intertwined in our Vision, Mission, and Core Values — and put into action by our employees who work every day to ensure that we incorporate environmental, social, and governance (ESG) principles in all we do. In 2022, our sustainability journey demonstrated that we can cohesively pursue sustainable goals as we continuously work to improve performance and achieve business results.

Since our inception as a standalone, publicly traded company, Equitrans’ employees have embraced the importance of elevating our ESG performance — diligently working to set the course for Equitrans to be a more sustainable business enterprise as we transition to a lower-carbon future. With the continued evolution of our sustainability program, our work during the past year focused on the development of several ESG-related projects aimed to build upon and strengthen our foundation. While the collective benefits of these projects may take several years to be fully realized, we believe the advantages will be pivotal for the future success of our Company.

 

Environmental

For the past two years, our methane reduction efforts have focused on the conversion of pneumatic controllers at our compressor stations. This program has been successful and, as of year-end 2022, has achieved an annualized reduction of more than 2,000 metric tons of methane. Together with other methane reduction initiatives, we are close to the midpoint of our 2030 target for a 50% reduction in Scope 1 and Scope 2 methane emissions.

To assist in meeting our climate goals, we are also proactively adjusting our business planning and operational processes to include the adoption of practices that enhance our methane emission mitigation efforts. For 2023, we are focused on optimizing compressor station blowdowns to efficiently manage the downtime required for maintenance while also achieving effective mitigation of methane emissions. We expect the overall methane reduction benefits associated with this work will be transformative in the years to come.

We are also undertaking efforts to develop a formal environmental management system (EMS), which is intended to  provide a formalized framework to manage our environmental risks and opportunities, in turn, improving our environmental stewardship capabilities. Our EMS is designed to create enterprise-wide ownership for environmental performance, versus relying on our environmental team to be the sole driver of our stewardship efforts. During 2023, Equitrans will continue working to implement the EMS, with the ultimate goal of ISO 14001 certification and third-party verification in the future.

Social

At Equitrans, the safety of our employees, contractors, and communities is paramount in everything we do. And while safety will always be our top priority, our ability to create sustainable value for all stakeholders is driven from the inside out and begins with our employees. Equitrans is committed to maintaining a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace — one that engages employees in a manner that supports our business objectives and sustainability goals.

Our vision for sustainability provides an internal focus on workforce collaboration while also seeking to foster proactive engagement with external stakeholders and communities. In 2022, with this objective in mind, Equitrans adopted an Environmental Justice Policy and recently completed training for our Board, executives, and employees as the first step to embed environmental justice into our business operations. As outlined in this Policy, our goal is to provide for the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people in any public process involving our operations regardless of race, color, national origin, or income. We believe that by bolstering our efforts to provide greater accessibility to stakeholders, build stronger working relationships, and create positive outreach opportunities — we are better able to build thriving communities.

Governance

The commitment to our sustainability program is an element of our day-to-day business and operations – and is incorporated in the overall management of our Company through the full support of our executive leadership team and the active engagement of our Board through our Health, Safety, Sustainability and Environmental Committee. 

As we strive to provide transparent, accurate, and meaningful disclosure of our sustainability efforts to our employees, our Board, and to all stakeholders, it is critical that we pursue a higher level of due diligence in our ESG reporting. To that end, we are developing an internal ESG operating model to enhance our data collection, data management, and auditing / assurance framework, as related to the disclosures in our CSR and other ESG reports. We are also implementing further improvements to our control environments for the information used to calculate Scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions.

To enhance our business risk process, we are working to better align our ESG reporting with the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) framework. Building upon the TCFD-readiness assessment completed in 2022, Equitrans is taking the next step by conducting two TCFD risk scenario analyses — physical risk and transition risk. To demonstrate the importance of this project, Equitrans included a ‘Sustainability-TCFD’ metric in the Company’s 2023 Short-Term Incentive Plan.

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In Closing . . .

We believe our sustainability journey is an essential component of our license to operate. This requires continued vigilance, commitment, and an unshakeable focus on our long-term vision to ensure that Equitrans thrives in a lower-carbon future, not only as a company but as a member of the community. We also recognize that not all may go as planned, and, when faced with the unfortunate circumstances of events such as our Rager Mountain storage well incident, we will take accountability for our actions and implement lessons learned, with the resolve to safely and responsibly maintain our operations for all generations — today and tomorrow.

Sincerely,
Todd L. Normane's signature.
Todd L. Normane
Vice President, Chief Sustainability Officer and Deputy General Counsel

Our Sustainability Framework

As our Core Values define who we are as a Company, our corporate sustainability framework incorporates these values into our five sustainability pillars, which define our overall approach to sustainability.

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Safety Leadership

First and foremost, safety leadership is always our top priority — above all else. For Equitrans, the safety and well-being of our employees, contractors, and community members takes precedence and we believe that the execution of our business strategy is not successful unless Zero Is Possible — our staunch belief that workplace injuries are preventable. Everyone at Equitrans has a collective responsibility to exhibit safety leadership to realize success and, most importantly, create a workplace where Zero Is Possible. This mindset extends beyond our workplace as we are committed to supporting the safety of community members and other stakeholders.

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Environmental Stewardship

Environmental conservation is incredibly important to Equitrans, and, together with our world-class safety culture, our Zero Is Possible mentality includes environmental protection. We strive to meet or exceed both expectations and regulatory requirements. To accomplish this, we work to incorporate sustainable practices, such as utilizing innovative technologies to enhance our emissions reduction program and optimizing our natural resource use. We continuously evaluate opportunities to improve our environmental performance, with a focus on the air, land, and water environments in which we operate.

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Corporate Governance

Our commitment to upholding transparent corporate governance principles bolsters our stakeholders’ confidence and trust in Equitrans. This commitment is shared by our highest governance body, Equitrans’ Board of Directors, which is responsible for overseeing the management of our business activities and affairs. Our Board of Directors, acting through its committees, oversees Equitrans’ policies, programs, and strategies regarding corporate social responsibility and sustainability, including ESG matters and related risks and opportunities.

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Stakeholder Engagement

Our stakeholders provide respected insight into the operation of our business. We believe that maintaining an open, transparent, and honest dialogue with our diverse group of stakeholders enables Equitrans to better identify process gaps and implement strategies to swiftly address matters of concern. Prioritizing the issues most relevant and material to our stakeholders informs our decisions to implement additional ESG practices.

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Economic Benefits

Equitrans delivers clean, affordable domestic energy; supports economic development in local communities; creates direct and indirect job opportunities; and generates tax revenue to support state and local governments, all of which positively contribute to the economy. We engage with community organizations and invest in initiatives to promote safety, health, environmental, economic, and cultural development, and we consider environmental justice principles for the fair and equitable distribution of benefits generated by our operations.

Highlight Stories

Managing and Protecting Pipeline Integrity

Identification and management of landslide risk is a vital aspect of Equitrans’ daily work activities; however, the risk of a landslide is not limited to the midstream industry. Landslides can occur in any type of terrain, including both hills and valleys, and can be associated with any type of ongoing construction or pre-existing land disturbance. Natural factors such as rainfall and surface runoff water can amplify their frequency or severity; and left unmanaged, landslides have the potential to impact our environment. For Equitrans, this impact may include creating unnecessary strain on our underground pipelines, which are typically located in a variety of terrains as compared to our non-linear assets. To avoid unsafe situations and protect the integrity of our pipeline network, our engineering team uses a multi-faceted approach to aggressively identify and manage areas at risk for potential landslides. 

To identify potential land movement near our assets, Equitrans’ engineers utilize aerial patrols, drones with photogrammetry change detection, and routine on-site inspections — or, if required, a combination of these methods may be used. In each case, we monitor our pipeline rights-of-way looking for any indication of unstable soil, such as discoloration, downed trees, or other data that could indicate a change in topography. Following a thorough evaluation of each asset location or suspected slide area by our engineering and compliance teams, we assign a priority ranking to indicate the potential for further movement and any risk to the environment or to the integrity of the pipeline.

As a final step, Equitrans pairs the geographic location data of known and suspected landslides with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) information. This analysis is done on a daily basis and allows Equitrans to identify rainfall events that could affect the stability of existing slide-prone areas and to rapidly respond and investigate when conditions change on the ground. In accordance with a defined framework that accounts for slide priority and rain severity, personnel may be deployed to conduct visual, on-site inspections. Beyond rainfall data, we also monitor temperature data to understand freeze thaw cycles and similarly deploy personnel to evaluate sites under changing conditions. Through continued use of these evaluation tools — aerial inspections, drone imaging, and manual site inspections — Equitrans remains committed to environmental and operational safety through its robust process to identify and manage potential landslides.

In addition, Equitrans launched a Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) pilot program in 2020 to aid in the enhanced detection of potential landslides along our pipeline rights-of-way. Today, we conduct semi-annual LiDAR flights across thousands of miles of pipeline. The adoption of LiDAR technology and utilization of our enhanced construction standards are collectively designed to improve Equitrans’ ability to mitigate landslide risk for the safety of our employees and communities, and for the benefit of our customers, investors, and the environment. 

Productivity Redesigned

As the world continues to adapt and evolve, companies are re-evaluating their management approach and taking into consideration the individual needs and circumstances of their employees to create work-life harmonization. With the implementation of person-centric leadership practices, Equitrans took the opportunity to redesign how we operate, improving performance and engagement and increasing our ability to compete for talent.

In early 2020, Equitrans began to recognize the benefits of a flexible workplace model. We initiated a deeper dive into the concept by soliciting survey feedback from office-based employees regarding their preferred ‘workplace persona’ preferences (anchor, flex, and remote). Today, we have fully embraced a ‘person-centric’ work environment, which takes into account the physical, cognitive, and emotional needs of employees and encourages them to find the best integration between their work and personal lives. With this approach, work is no longer about where an employee is located, but about the actual work an employee does. Importantly, employees are evaluated on work produced, without consideration to where or how they worked.

Rather than conforming to legacy practices or location constraints, Equitrans’ person-centric work model is defined by flexible work experiences, intentional collaboration, and empathy-based management. For our field-based employees, who are primarily required to work onsite, we rolled out flexible work guidelines to demonstrate our commitment to our person-centric work approach. Upon implementation of this new work model, roughly 44% of employees are working remotely, 25% split their time between working remotely and at an Equitrans location, 31% work from an Equitrans location full-time, and less than 1% work part-time.

We expect our person-centric model will continue to improve employees’ satisfaction and retention, as well as help to expand our talent pool. Since implementing our workplace personas, the number of employees working in other U.S. locations has increased, and we have been able to improve gender diversity. As part of our new work model, we periodically conduct employee surveys and focus groups to obtain feedback, using the results to adjust our workplace practices, as needed.

Office-Centric vs Person-Centric Work Design
Office-Centric Person-Centric

Provide consistent work experiences to deliver equality of experience

Provide flexible work experiences to deliver equality of opportunity

Enable serendipitous collaboration to deliver innovation by chance

Enable intentional collaboration to deliver innovation by design

Drive visibility-based management to deliver performance by inputs

Drive empathy-based management to deliver performance by outcome

Proactive Project Outreach

Equitrans Midstream relies on proactive community engagement and feedback to foster a culture of trust, inclusivity, and transparency, and we view our projects and operations through a lens of responsibility and accountability. In keeping with this belief, environmental justice is an important component of our stakeholder outreach activities. Our Environmental Justice Policy lays the foundation of our commitment to provide for the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people in any public process involving our operations, regardless of race, color, national origin, or income. 

It is often said that actions speak louder than words, which was the case for the outreach team working on our Ohio Valley Connector Expansion (OVCX) project. As a critical component of the project’s pre-planning phase, our team contracted the services of an outside vendor that specialized in the identification of environmental justice communities located near the project. After consulting with the FERC, the EPA, and our contracted environmental justice specialists, Equitrans extended the OVCX project’s landowner contact radius an additional 0.5 mile to maximize the outreach efforts and ensure all stakeholders were personally aware of and involved with the project details.

In addition to our land team contacting property owners and community members within the expanded radius, the OVCX outreach team conducted multiple pop-up educational meetings and community open houses; solicited pre-paid comment and suggestion cards; distributed various informational mailings; and remained engaged with the community every step of the way by responding to questions and feedback. To better understand the needs and challenges faced by those living near the proposed project, we also met with local organizations and elected officials, as well as other key decision makers. These additional, proactive measures taken by our OVCX outreach team went above and beyond regulatory requirements to ensure consistent communication and transparency throughout the project’s lifecycle.  

Employee Generosity — Giving Back To Our Communities

Equitrans Midstream is committed to making a difference in our communities, and the United Way is just one way we can join together to support those in need. For our 2022 campaign, we selected the United Way of Washington County as our primary United Way affiliate, which aligns with our Company headquarters’ location. Employees also had the opportunity to donate to the United Way of their choice by selecting from other United Way affiliates located in our primary operating states of Ohio, Pennsylvania, or West Virginia.

To jump start our 2022 United Way campaign, we held a basket raffle during our all-employee meeting and holiday celebration in Morgantown, WV. Employee teams donated 27 individual baskets, with raffle ticket sales raising more than $11,000 in donations. This was matched dollar-for-dollar by our Corporate Local Giving Program, jump-starting our 2022 campaign with a contribution of more than $22,000 to the United Way.

Through our official United Way campaign, which is conducted annually via individual, online donations, Equitrans employees pledged roughly $57,000 in individual contributions, which was matched dollar-for-dollar through the Equitrans Midstream Foundation for a total of approximately $114,000. Additional donations were made outside of our formal campaign, and, based on totals provided by the United Way of Washington County — Equitrans’ contributions totaled more than $169,000 in 2022 — making us the top contributor in their Chairman’s Award for Top 5 Workplace Giving Campaign Partners program.

Equitrans also received the agency’s Campaign Excellence Award, which is presented to a workplace giving campaign partner that puts forth extra effort in running their annual workplace giving campaign. In addition to our traditional campaign, this award was due in part to the hosting of our special to basket raffle event, which engaged all employees and included matching funds by the Equitrans Midstream Foundation and the Company’s Corporate Local Giving Program.

The United Way of Washington County’s mission is to unite people, resources, and organization to improve lives in Washington County. Through Equitrans’ support, the various programs at United Way will be funded to serve the most pressing needs in vulnerable populations within our local operating areas. Our donation is a powerful force for change, and we thank our employees for their generosity and support!

Enhancing Methane Monitoring

In January 2023, Equitrans announced its status as a founding member of the newly formed Appalachian Methane Initiative (AMI), a coalition of regional natural gas operators committed to further enhancing methane monitoring throughout the Appalachia Basin and facilitating additional methane emissions reduction in the region. The AMI coalition was formed for the purpose of establishing and effectuating a methane monitoring, reporting, and mitigation network throughout the geographic area known as the Appalachian Basin.’

AMI’s efforts are intended to promote greater efficiency in the identification and remedy of potential fugitive methane emissions from operations in the Appalachian Basin through coordinated satellite and aerial surveys on a geographic-basis as opposed to an operator-specific basis and taking into account advanced methane monitoring and reporting frameworks. Additionally, the coalition will seek to coordinate and share best practices in mitigating methane emissions from natural gas operations, including production and midstream, and collaborate on activities and monitor results through transparent, publicly available reporting. 

For much of 2023, AMI is focusing on developing and implementing a pilot monitoring program to cover select areas of interest within the Basin’s major operating footprints, with the goal of working to develop and implement a full-Basin monitoring plan in 2024.

As part of AMI’s official launch, a news release was issued by the coalition’s founding members. We believe our membership in AMI will support our ongoing methane reduction efforts and complement our many ESG initiatives, and we look forward to working with other coalition members on advancing AMI’s initiatives.

Renewable Electricity and Scope 2 Emissions

With the publication of the Company’s Climate Policy in 2021, Equitrans established targets that include a 50% reduction in Scope 1 and 2 methane emissions by 2030 and a 50% reduction in Scope 1 and 2 total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2040. Since this time, Equitrans has aggressively focused on reducing its direct Scope 1 emissions, which included the replacement of pneumatic devices and the installation of vent gas recovery units during 2022. These activities are expected to directly contribute to a reduction in methane emissions from operations. Additional information and details on the Company’s reduction efforts can be found in the GHG Emissions and Climate Change section of this report.

Equitrans is also working to reduce its indirect Scope 2 emissions, which are emissions related to purchased utilities, such as electric generation and heat. One method of aiding in the overall reduction of indirect Scope 2 emissions is through the purchase of certified renewable energy credits or RECs. Each REC is a certificate that corresponds to the environmental attributes of electricity that is generated from a zero-emissions renewable source and delivered to the electricity grid.

For the year-ended 2022, Equitrans purchased and retired 35,000 Green-e Energy certified RECs for its operations. These purchased RECs represent 35,000 megawatt hours (MWh) of generated renewable energy, which in this case was from wind energy generated in Oklahoma and delivered to the corresponding regional electric grid. By purchasing and retiring these RECs, Equitrans is taking credit for the renewable energy generated and ensuring that it is not accounted for elsewhere in the country. By purchasing these certified RECs, Equitrans was able to account for 100% of its purchased electricity through the supply of zero-carbon renewable energy, as related to its indirect Scope 2 GHG emissions.  

Inspiring the World to Reuse

As we broaden our sustainability investments, we are especially proud of our partnership with Fill It Forward, an organization whose mission is “to inspire the world to reuse” by focusing on the elimination of single-use waste, such as plastic bottles and bags. In 2021, Equitrans partnered with Fill it Forward as a means of engaging and educating employees, while at the same time elevating our many ESG (environmental, social, and governance) initiatives.

In late 2021, we launched our Fill It Forward campaign with a custom holiday gift box for employees that included reusable tote bags and bottles with individual ‘scan tags’ that acted as a re-use tracker. When the tags were scanned, the data was automatically uploaded to Equitrans’ custom group on the Fill It Forward app and was used for tracking our collective impact, such as waste diverted, emissions saved, and how much ocean pollution was prevented.

Along with helping to eliminate waste, there was a charitable component to our Fill It Forward campaign. Each employee scan unlocked a $1 donation for every reuse, which contributed funds to our chosen charitable organization — DigDeep’s Appalachia Water Project. The funds collected were used to provide clean drinking water through the installation of meter-to-home water lines for families in southern West Virginia who currently have unsafe, limited, or no water at all. Our goal was to generate 10,000 scans and raise $10,000 for the Appalachia Water Project, and we were thrilled to have reached our goal roughly six months into the campaign. In addition, as part of Equitrans’ annual holiday giving initiatives, we made a separate donation of $20,000 to the Appalachia Water Project.

Thanks to the efforts of our employees — Equitrans was the proud recipient of Fill It Forward’s Changemaker Award for 2022. This unique ESG-focused campaign was a means of engaging and educating employees, while also elevating our sustainability efforts. Together with Fill It Forward, we believe that the simple act of reusing is the first step towards creating a sustainable mindset for all generations — and as an added benefit — being able to connect families with access to safe water will ensure the health and success of communities for years to come.

Equitrans Midstream’s Impact
 
19,968.42
lbs of emissions saved

 
617.58
lbs of waste diverted from landfill

 
11,734.02
kwH of power saved

 
123.52
lbs of ocean pollution prevented
20,586
total reuses

Source: Statistics calculated by Fill It Forward, as of year-end 2022

Our Bees Are All The Buzzzzz

At Equitrans, there is a clear tone that begins at the top — sustainability is critically important to the world we live in and is also essential to the future growth of our Company. In 2023, E-Train celebrated Earth Day with the kickoff of a two-year sustainability partnership with Alvéole. Alvéole focuses on bee-friendly communities for greener cities by installing honey bee hives at business locations across the world to foster environmental awareness and educate communities on the importance of creating sustainable bee populations. In fact, according to the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, honey bees help to produce one-third of our food supply by pollinating $15 billion worth of crops in the U.S. each year, including more than 130 types of fruits, nuts, and vegetables. 

Through our new partnership with Alvéole, E-Train is hosting and supporting two honey bee hives at each of our Canonsburg, St. Clairsville, and Waynesburg offices. The hives were installed in late spring, and the bees have begun to collect nectar and pollinate thousands of flowers and plants. With the help of our assigned Alvéole beekeeper, the hives will become established, and the bees will re-emerge every spring to pollinate flora to grow food and produce E-Train’s own locally sourced honey.

Equitrans and Alvéole also established “MyHive” microsites for each of E-Train’s office locations. The MyHive sites are located on Equitrans’ intranet, and employees can access the sites at any time to find educational honey bee information and receive updates on our hives. As an added benefit, Alvéole beekeepers will conduct various on-site informational events for employees, such as beeswax candle making and honey extraction sessions. 

As we continue to safely and responsibly operate our network of natural gas pipelines, water lines, and compressor stations, it’s important to remember that the decisions we make today have a lasting and positive impact on future generations. On Earth Day and every day, we must hold ourselves to a higher standard by embracing our responsibility to operate in a manner that minimizes impacts on our natural resources and — above all else — we must keep safety our top priority, always.

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