Environment

Through Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance (COSIA), participating companies capture, develop and share the most innovative approaches and best thinking to improve environmental performance in the oil sands, focusing on four priority areas – tailings, water, land and greenhouse gases. To date, COSIA member companies have shared 814 distinct technologies and innovations investing almost $1.3 billion to develop.

Innovation

Doing our part.

In our generation, Canada’s oil and natural gas industry can become the high-tech environmental leader of the world. The ingenuity of our engineers is top notch, and the technologies that we continue to develop here in Canada can be shared around the world.

Our country’s oil sands producers are investing in more than 814 technologies and best practices to the tune of $1.3 billion dollars. Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance (COSIA) is working to find innovate solutions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, minimize impact on land, reduce water use and improve tailings management. 

Canada’s oil and natural gas industry is working to find a solution to climate change, and that solution will come from energy innovation. Several companies are already pursuing ways to reduce emissions by participating in pilot projects that use solvents in oil sands in situ operations and in projects that use carbon capture and storage technology. 

  • Canada is demonstrating its commitment to becoming a world leader in environmental innovation through its investment of more than $1.3 billion in technologies and best practices.
  • Canada’s energy industry is participating in pilot projects that use solvents in oil sands in situ operations and in projects that use carbon capture and storage technology. 
  • COSIA is made up of 13 industry leaders that are committed to collaborating and sharing intellectual property to fast track innovation.

Climate Change

Count us in.

Canada’s oil and natural gas industry shares many Canadians’ concern about climate change, and Canadians can count on the industry to do its part for Canada. The industry developed the technology to get the oil out of the sand, and it will seek to develop the technology to take carbon out of the barrel. 

We are already on the right track. Canada’s oil and natural gas industry has committed $1 billion to environmental innovation and technology through a 10-year partnership with the Alberta Department of the Environment. And the work is ongoing. In 2013 alone, oil and natural gas companies spent $1.3 billion on research and development. 

Over the past 25 years, greenhouse gas emissions from oil sands production have been reduced by 30 per cent. Water use is strictly regulated.  The industry is also trying to increase the use of recycled water.  And the restoration of land affected by operations remains a priority.  

  • Canada can lead the world on climate action and become the supplier of choice for energy, both at home and abroad, bringing prosperity to all Canadians. 
  • Over the past 25 years, Canada’s oil and natural gas industry has reduced greenhouse gas emissions from oil sands production by 30 percent.
  • Canada’s oil and natural gas industry has invested over $1.3 billion in new technologies. 

Sources: CAPP

Marine Safety

Getting Canadian products to new markets safely.

Oil tankers safely and regularly move along the West Coast of Canada, and have been doing so since the the 1930s. Each year, approximately 580 million barrels of oil are transported along Canada’s East and West coasts by tankers, and there hasn’t been a tanker issue in the Port of Vancouver for 50 years. 

Supported by new regulations the shipping industry has moved to double hulled tankers that are more reliable than ever. They have taken many steps forward, but Canadians know that there are more steps to take when it comes to market share. 

We have a real advantage in Canada, as our tankers can reach Asian markets from the Port of Vancouver within 8 days – two days earlier than most of our international competitors. 

  • In the last 25 years, more than 1,500 tankers have safely navigated the waters of Northern British Columbia.  
  • In Atlantic Canada, tankers safely move hundreds of thousands of barrels of oil every day and have done so for decades. 

Sources: CAPP