– TC Energy to create Green Energy Training Fund to increase training on renewables for Building Trades Workers –
Washington – Today, North America’s Building Trades Unions (NABTU) announced their upcoming project with TC Energy to perform construction work on the renewable portion of the Keystone XL project.
“With our continued commitment to safety, creating family-sustaining, middle-class jobs, NABTU is pleased to announce our agreement with TC Energy to ensure building trades labor constructs renewable energy projects along the entire Keystone XL route,” said NABTU President Sean McGarvey. “This will help to meet KXL’s commitment to achieving net-zero emissions by 2023, create the power capacity required to operate the pipeline from renewable energy sources and create thousands of jobs between now and 2030 – jobs for the highly skilled women and men of the building trades.”
TC Energy Corporation has committed its Keystone XL project’s operations will be powered by renewable energy sources no later than 2030. Keystone XL will also commit to achieving net-zero emissions across the pipeline’s operations when placed into service in 2023. This is expected to eliminate more than three million tons of CO2 equivalent emitted every year in GHG emissions – the equivalent of approximately 650,000 cars taken off the road.
“At a time of economic uncertainty, this will create thousands of jobs on both sides of the border, creating opportunities for underrepresented groups, including Indigenous peoples, all along the KXL route,” said CBTU Executive Director Sean Strickland. “At the Building Trades, we continue to invest in training for our members to work on new forms of renewable technologies that create jobs while continuing to meet our energy needs. Our brothers and sisters in Alberta, Saskatchewan and throughout the US where KXL passes through will see positive benefits from this project.”
The project will be constructed under a Project Labor Agreement, ensuring 100 percent of construction is done through union labor. For additional information on Keystone XL and its green commitment, visit KeystoneXL.com. In addition, you can review TC Energy’s 2020 Report on Sustainability.
North America’s Building Trades Unions is an alliance of 14 national and international unions in the building and construction industry that collectively represent over 3 million skilled craft professionals in the United States and Canada. Each year, our unions and our signatory contractor partners invest over $1.6 billion in private-sector money to fund and operate over 1,900 apprenticeship training and education facilities across North America that produce the safest, most highly trained, and productive, skilled craft workers found anywhere in the world. NABTU is dedicated to creating economic security and employment opportunities for its construction workers by safeguarding wage and benefits standards, promoting responsible private capital investments, investing in renowned apprenticeship and training, and creating pathways to the middle class for women, communities of color and military veterans in the construction industry. For more information, please visit www.nabtu.org, and to learn more about the building trades efforts during this pandemic, please follow the hashtag #buildingtradeswhateverittakes.