About Equitrans

Materiality

We seek to understand and manage the impacts of our activities by evaluating both business and stakeholder priorities. Through our materiality assessment, we recognized ten top-tier material Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) topics and validated our results internally.

Our Process & Material Topics

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Key impacts, risks, and opportunities

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Defining report content and topic Boundaries

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List of material topics

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In 2019, Equitrans conducted our first materiality assessment to evaluate, identify, and prioritize the issues most relevant to our business and stakeholders. With the guidance of a consulting firm, our materiality assessment process followed best practices for identifying, prioritizing, and validating environmental, social, and governance (ESG) topics of particular importance. We leveraged both the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) as inputs to the assessment.

Our assessment incorporated evidence from regulators, sustainability standards, investors, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), our customers, and our suppliers. As further enhancement to our process, we used a third-party ESG risk management software platform to review peer and industry information. We conducted interviews with internal leaders and consulted with certain members of our Board of Directors to prioritize and validate topics. For each of our information sources, we evaluated the evidence associated with the importance of each topic to determine the topic’s overall relative importance to Equitrans and our stakeholders. At the conclusion of the assessment, we recognized ten top-tier material ESG topics and validated our results internally. These ten material topics are listed below, in alphabetical order, and form the basis for our report.

  • Air Emissions and Climate Change
  • Business Ethics and Integrity 
  • Community Engagement
  • Corporate Governance 
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Economic Impact
  • Energy
  • Environmental Resources
  • Occupational Health and Safety
  • Pipeline Safety, Spills, and Leaks
Portrait of Diana M. Charletta, Equitrans President and Chief Operating Officer

Our ESG management practices are intrinsic and deliver value that goes beyond financial drivers. Today and in the future, trust and transparency are central to our approach.

Diana M. Charletta, President and Chief Operating Officer

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Equitrans Opposes
Federal Rollback of
Methane Regulations

In September 2019, Equitrans publicly announced its support for the continuation of natural gas industry efforts to reduce methane emissions in light of a proposed rollback of regulations by the EPA. The rollback would affect 40 CFR Part 60 Subparts OOOO and OOOOa by removing methane sources in transmission and storage segments from regulation. Equitrans recognizes the great strides the natural gas industry has made in reducing methane emissions recently and as Diana Charletta, president and chief operating officer of Equitrans, stated “We believe methane controls and reductions should continue to evolve, rather than take steps backward.” We acknowledge that simply achieving regulatory compliance on methane emissions is not enough in order to address the global impacts of climate change. However, by proactively implementing best practices for methane emissions and reducing our overall carbon footprint, we can make a difference in the sustainability of our environment, communities, and business.  

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