We know that completing $46 billion in capital projects will not be easy, as new energy projects are faced with rising stakeholder expectations and greater public scrutiny than ever before. The standards for developing pipelines, power generation facilities and other critical energy infrastructure have never been higher. But we are up for the challenge of raising the bar on our performance and setting the highest standards for our industry as we bring our plans to life on time and on budget.
We achieved significant milestones on many of these projects in 2014, including filing the application for the Energy East Pipeline project with the NEB. The Energy East application is the most comprehensive regulatory application in our company’s history and was the result of more than 18 months of planning, fieldwork and stakeholder engagement that involved extensive consultation with more than 7,000 community members, 5,500 landowners and 155 First Nations and Métis communities across six provinces. Our natural gas pipeline projects in British Columbia made tremendous progress with environmental assessment work, stakeholder engagement and Aboriginal consultation that led to both projects receiving Environmental Assessment Certificates in late 2014. And we began construction on several of our new Alberta crude oil pipeline and terminal facilities after receiving approval from the Alberta Energy Regulator.
World-class operations, a deep commitment to safety and doing the right thing when it comes to dealing with the thousands of landowners, Aboriginal groups, community leaders, local businesses and stakeholders we interact with are critical to our success. We demonstrate these qualities every day as we safely deliver 20 per cent of the continent’s natural gas supply, move one-fifth of Canada’s crude oil exports to U.S. markets and generate enough electricity for 11 million homes.
Stakeholder engagement on the Energy East Pipeline project has included more than 100 public open houses and extensive consultation with more than 7,000 community members, 5,500 landowners and 155 First Nations and Métis communities across six provinces.
Relying on our track record is not enough, however. We have devoted significant resources to identifying the most important issues facing our company and developing more rigorous programs to track our performance and minimize risk. This has led to greater consistency and transparency in our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) reporting, which has been recognized by external CSR rating agencies. For the 13th year in a row, we were included in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index and in 2014 we regained a place on their North America Index. We were also recognized as a leader for disclosing our carbon emissions and our strategy for mitigating the business risks of climate change by the London-based CDP (formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project).
We have operated our assets across North America for decades. Our employees and their families are an active part of the communities where they live and work. That’s why we view the important work of building and maintaining long-term relationships as a cornerstone of our business. We work from the ground up by engaging directly with the people who are involved in our projects, listening closely to their needs and concerns and responding with positive solutions. These relationships support public confidence in our business, allowing us to continue providing the energy our society needs while meeting the needs of our customers into the future.