Message from our CEO
The entire WES team has worked diligently to strengthen our culture of sustainability.
As one of our foundational principles, we believe it’s our responsibility to minimize our environmental footprint – in particular reducing our GHG emissions profile – while protecting and supporting our workforce and communities.
We made great strides in those focus areas in 2022, from conducting more than 50,000 hours of safety training to expanding our diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) efforts. We also added environmental target metrics to our employee bonus compensation, enhanced our GHG tracking and reporting process, and reached our methane intensity reduction goal against our 2020 performance.
I’m extremely proud of our work to reduce emissions across our operations. Notably, our work to reduce engine crankcase emissions through a collaboration with Colorado State University yielded WES our first Environmental Excellence Award from GPA Midstream Association.
I’m also grateful for our employees’ commitment to give back to our communities. We saw 63% of our employees donate their time in 2022 to nonprofit organizations across our operational areas – the best in the program’s history – donating more than 13,000 hours and raising more than $422,000 through our volunteer rewards programs, which multiplied the effect of their generosity.
As you’ll read in this report, our commitment to address issues like methane intensity, DEI, safety, asset integrity, and community investment is engrained in our daily work at WES.
While there is still much work to do in these areas, our achievements in sustainability since becoming a stand-alone organization have positioned WES to be a best-in-class midstream operator for years to come.