2014 Cenovus Corporate Responsibility Report

Environment

We do our utmost to live up to the responsibility that goes with being a developer of some of Canada’s most valuable resources. Like any industry, we have environmental challenges and we’re tackling them head-on: working to help ensure our operations don’t affect nearby lakes and streams, reducing the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions intensity of our operations, reducing the amount of land we need to build each oil sands project and striving to prevent impacts on wildlife in our operating areas.

We’re proud of our environmental record and even prouder of the ways we’ve improved how we develop the oil sands by using innovation to solve environmental challenges. Our employees, many of whom live near our operations, are personally committed to making sure we keep finding better practices and technologies to get oil and natural gas out of the ground safely and responsibly.

Our Environmental Commitments reflect our approach and the collective actions we take to create business value through environmental performance.

Managing the environment


Taking care of the environment is part of what we do every day – from how we design our oil sands projects, to the way we operate, to the care we take in environmental reclamation when a project is complete. Some of the ways the environment is integrated into our business include:

Governance: Environment is a core accountability of our Safety, Environment and Responsibility Committee, our Executive Team, and specifically our Executive Vice-President of Environment & Corporate Affairs. The Board and Executive Team review environmental compliance and performance at least once per year.

Organizational structure: Our Environment & Regulatory Team is accountable for stewarding the company’s approach to the environment. This team consists of subject matter experts organized by functions such as air and GHG emissions, water, waste and spills, land and biodiversity, compliance and environmental planning.

Policy: Environmental considerations are reflected in several key company policies, including our Corporate Responsibility Policy and our Enterprise Risk Management Policy.

Risk management: Environmental considerations are fully integrated into our Enterprise Risk Management Policy. Environmental impacts are mapped out using a specific risk matrix.

Annual planning: We undertake an environmental planning process to review our environmental performance, assess priorities and identify actions and areas for improvement for the coming year.

Audits: We conduct environment, health, safety and regulatory audits to make sure we are in compliance with applicable laws and regulations as well as continuously improving our performance across our operations. Each audit is carried out by a cross-functional team that includes specialists and trained subject matter experts from across the company.

Measurement and reporting: We track and report on a broad range of environmental metrics that are important to our stakeholders through our corporate responsibility report and to regulators as required by law. We also use these metrics to drive internal performance and help manage risk.

Disclosure: We annually disclose our environmental, social and governance performance through our publicly available corporate responsibility report and third-party assessments such as the RobecoSAM Corporate Sustainability Questionnaire, which determines eligibility for inclusion in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index family.

We operate in Alberta and Saskatchewan, where some of the world’s most rigorous regulatory processes and compliance requirements are in place. Learn more about our regulatory environment.


Championing environmental innovation

Just as innovation has made it possible for us to extract oil from the oil sands, it also plays a critical role in helping us find new ways to reduce impacts to air, land and water. Innovation is a part of how we approach everything we do at Cenovus. We take pride in turning new ideas into opportunities, so logically we apply this strength to improving our environmental performance too. In 2014, we reworked our environment strategy to include a longer-term focus on technologies that reduce our environmental impacts and address environmental concerns.

We know there are opportunities in reaching out to others across and beyond our industry to access great ideas. We’re working with our peer companies, academics, entrepreneurs and others to identify and develop innovative solutions to environmental challenges.

We support academic institutions including the University of Alberta Research Chair in Energy and Environmental Systems Engineering and the University of Calgary Chair in Canadian Plains Mitigation and Reclamation Research.

One way is through Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance (COSIA). We’re collaborating and aligning our efforts with 12 other oil sands producers to find solutions to improve environmental performance by focusing on areas such as water, land and GHG emissions.

Examples of technologies we’ve contributed to COSIA are:

  • SkyStrat™ drilling rig – allows us to reduce our footprint by flying a drilling rig into a remote location one module at a time, reducing the need to build roads
  • Linear Deactivation project (LiDea) – uses innovative techniques to regenerate forest growth along old seismic lines to help protect and restore wildlife habitat
  • Molten Carbonate Fuel Cell technology – explores ways to reduce the GHG intensity of drilling (in-situ) oil production by capturing carbon while generating electricity

We also have an energy efficiency program to encourage use of technologies that can immediately reduce emissions or water use in our operations.


Carbon emissions

Carbon emissions and air

Cenovus shares the public’s concern that climate change is one of the greatest global challenges of our times. We believe the world needs to limit the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere. Since our product contributes to climate change, we need to be part of the solution. As an energy producer, we need to play a role by improving our emissions performance while encouraging innovation that will create a cleaner energy future for the world. It will take collaboration on a global scale – with others in our industry and outside of our industry, in Canada and around the world – to address carbon along the entire value chain.

Managing GHG emissions

We manage our GHG emissions with a focus on continuously reducing our emissions intensity, which is the amount of emissions emitted per barrel of oil produced. We do this by:

  • Maintaining a low steam to oil ratio (SOR) in our oil sands assets
  • Focusing on innovation and technology development to reduce GHG emissions
  • Improving energy efficiency across our operations

We’re also working with government, industry leaders and academics to develop and prepare for emerging GHG emissions regulations. We favour a system that places a price on carbon and also stimulates innovation and investment in technologies to help minimize GHG emissions.

The GHG emissions intensity of our Christina Lake crude oil is comparable to the average crude oil consumed in North America. This is due to its industry-leading low average SOR of 1.8 in 2014, in part driven by a number of innovative ideas implemented over several years, such as accelerated start-up, Wedge Well™ technology and energy efficiency initiatives.


Innovating to reduce GHG emissions

Cenovus has been on the CDP Climate Disclosure Canadian Leadership Index for five years in a row. In 2014, we scored 98 out of 100 – our best score yet and one of the highest in the oil and natural gas industry.

Through COSIA’s GHG Environmental Priority Area, we’re investigating ways to reduce energy use and associated GHG emissions with the development of innovative technologies for oil sands operations. The group has identified key issues facing the industry and is working to address them in several ways, such as:

  • Improving energy efficiency in all aspects of oil sands operations, including the production of steam for drilling (in-situ) projects like those that Cenovus operates
  • Recovering waste heat for reuse
  • Developing operations best practices
  • Producing alternative energy
  • Exploring regional opportunities to reduce GHG emissions with non-industry parties

To learn more about how we’re managing our GHG emissions, read about oxy-fuel combustion and our CO2 enhanced oil recovery operation.

Some of the things we did in 2014 to improve our energy efficiency include:

  • Completed 28 retrofits at natural gas compression facilities to install air and fuel ratio controllers and vent gas capture systems to increase the fuel efficiency of our gas compressors and conserve gas that is normally vented to the atmosphere. The $7.7 million project was successfully completed in 2014 with Alberta’s Climate Change and Emissions Management Corporation providing $2.68 million in funding. This project is expected to reduce CO2 equivalent emissions by about 19,500 tonnes per year.
  • Installed a continuously variable transmission at a compressor station fan in our conventional operations. There are energy efficiency benefits to having this kind of transmission that can reduce fan speed when temperatures fall and speed up when temperatures rise. It’s expected that the system will result in up to a 90 percent reduction in electricity losses.
  • Installed an instrument air compressor at a gas plant to power pneumatic equipment. This allows us to conserve natural gas that would normally be vented to the atmosphere. This completely eliminates the venting of methane emissions.
  • Started a project to improve motor efficiency by installing variable frequency drives on pump jack motors. These drives not only result in lower power demand, but also allow us to capture the regeneration energy a pump jack produces that is currently being wasted. If the project is successful, we will look at deploying the technology to a large portion of pump jack motors in our Saskatchewan operations. This project is expected to result in about a 10 percent reduction in energy consumption for these pump jacks.


Our performance

Across all our oil and natural gas operations, we emitted about 5.6 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2E) in 2014. The increase in company-wide direct GHG emissions was mostly due to an increase in oil sands production.

We were able to keep our GHG emissions intensity (the amount of GHG emissions we emit per barrel of production) at relatively steady levels in 2014. This is a result of our energy efficiency initiatives and our drive to maintain industry-leading steam to oil ratio performance, which means fewer emissions from burning natural gas to create steam.

Based on data from the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers’ Responsible Canadian Energy 2014 Progress Report, our oil sands direct GHG emissions intensity is about 47 percent below the oil sands industry average direct GHG emissions intensity (in-situ and mining).

In 2014, our overall energy use increased over 30 percent from 2013 levels. That's partly because we increased production from our oil sands operations where we use natural gas to create steam. Natural gas also runs the compressors at our conventional assets. The increase is also partly due to the addition of a new natural gas liquids plant at our Weyburn enhanced oil recovery project that requires purchased electricity for its compressors.

Our oil sands energy use intensity in 2014 decreased from 2013 levels. This is primarily due to our efforts at improving energy efficiency and reducing the amount of steam required per barrel of oil produced in the oil sands, which in turn reduces the amount of energy required per barrel of oil produced.

The primary cause for the increase in the company-wide energy intensity is due to a new natural gas liquids plant that started up in late 2013 at our Weyburn enhanced oil recovery project, which requires purchased electricity to run its compressors.

To date, we have safely stored over 24 million tonnes of CO2 deep underground. In 2014, we injected over two million tonnes of additional carbon dioxide (CO2) at our enhanced oil recovery project in Weyburn, Saskatchewan. That's the equivalent of 40 percent of our company-wide greenhouse gas emissions in 2014.

The average SOR in 2014 at our Foster Creek oil sands project was 2.6 and 1.8 at our Christina Lake oil sands project. Both are well below the industry average of 3.0. Using less steam to produce a barrel of oil means we use less water. It also means less natural gas is burned to create steam for steam-assisted gravity drainage (SAGD), which results in fewer emissions.

Industry average SOR equals volume weighted average SOR for significant Alberta projects. Industry average source: Alberta Energy Regulatory.


Air quality

Our operations produce a variety of air emissions, including NOx, SO2 and volatile organic compounds as a result of burning or releasing natural gas. We address these emissions by:

  • Improving how we collect data – more accurate data helps us to determine ways to reduce our impact even further
  • Installing scavenger units at each of our oil sands facilities for sulphur recovery per the limits set out in our Alberta Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act approvals
  • Using flue gas recirculation technology where appropriate to reduce NOx emissions below regulatory requirements
  • Engaging in discussions with government to help develop effective air quality policies at provincial and federal levels
Air monitoring at our Christina Lake oil sands project.

Our performance

NOx is a by-product of the fuel combustion process. Our decrease in NOx emissions reflects the shift of our total production toward oil sands, which is less NOx intensive than our conventional oil and natural gas operations.

Our company-wide NOx emissions intensity is 57 percent lower than the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers’ Responsible Canadian Energy 2014 Progress Report industry average for Western Canada oil and natural gas production.

In 2014, our SO2 emissions increased by 51 percent. This was primarily due to an increase in the sulphur content of associated gas being produced, along with oil, at our oil sands projects. Even though SO2 emissions have increased, we are still recovering over 70 percent of sulphur per our commitments in the facilities’ environmental approvals.

While our SO2 emissions intensity increased in 2014, it remains about 75 percent below the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers’ Responsible Canadian Energy 2014 Progress Report industry average for Western Canadian oil and natural gas production.

Flaring is a controlled burning of natural gas. In the past we've had a number of unforeseen flaring events at our Weyburn enhanced oil recovery project. We were able to troubleshoot these occurrences and prevent them from happening in 2014, which resulted in reducing our flaring from 2013 levels by 55 percent. We also implemented a fuel, flare and vent management program across our projects so we can improve the quality of measurement and reporting of flaring data.

Venting refers to natural gas that’s released to the atmosphere, whether as part of ongoing operations or during an emergency shut-down scenario. Both flaring and venting result in GHG emissions into the atmosphere. There was a 32 percent decrease in 2014 as a result of reductions in venting activities across all of our conventional oil and natural gas assets.

Reducing NOx emissions at our Christina Lake project

NOx emissions from our steam generators at Christina Lake are much lower than current regulatory requirements. We’ve reduced our NOx emissions by about 40 percent since 2006 even though our production has increased and we continue to look for ways to improve. Flue gas recirculation has helped with our NOx emissions reduction efforts. This system recycles exhaust gas from the stack of a steam generator into the front of the burner so it can be used as fuel. As a result, less NOx is formed. We are planning to implement this technology in our future oil sands projects to lower emissions.

Our oil sands facilities use once-through steam generators (OTSGs) to create the steam we use in production. A typical oil sands phase will have four OTSGs. Using flue gas recirculation on all OTSGs can reduce a facility’s NOx emissions by almost 50 percent.


Water

Managing water

Water is essential to our business. Whether it’s water floods in oil reservoirs to improve production from mature conventional oil fields or steam for oil sands production, most of our oil production operations require water.

Our goal is to manage our use of water resources efficiently and responsibly. We do this by:

  • Monitoring our water use and our potential impact on water quality by having teams from across the company – in areas such as environment, regulatory, geochemistry, well integrity and engineering – collaborate to evaluate our water use and the availability of saline (salty) water and fresh water. Together with our industry partners, we also provide funding to third-party monitoring agencies.
  • Assessing ways to both reduce the amount of water we need and improve the efficiency of how we use water by developing new technologies and processes to handle water, being more efficient in our use of water through the design and operation of our facilities, finding ways to recycle and reuse more water and identifying ways to use even more salty water instead of fresh.
  • Working with neighbouring and regional users of water sources to understand long-term availability and to monitor groundwater and surface water around our operations.

Cenovus participates in the CDP’s Water Disclosure, a voluntary program that allows companies to share information about water management and governance, water-related risks, opportunities and water accounting.

In the oil sands, 80 percent of the oil is deep underground and requires specialized technology to drill and pump it to the surface. The technology we use to recover the oil in all of our oil sands projects is called steam-assisted gravity drainage or SAGD. It uses one well to inject low-pressure steam to melt the oil and another well to pump the oil to the surface.

INNOVATING FOR RESPONSIBLE WATER USE

Cenovus works with government, regulators and peers to manage cumulative water consumption. For example, at our Christina Lake oil sands project, we work together with other operators through the Christina Lake Regional Water Management Agreement. The idea is to develop a collective approach to water demand. This enables us to understand the total current and future demand on groundwater sources in the area and plan our water sourcing and waste water disposal strategies together to minimize our impact on the environment.

Practicing efficient and responsible use of water

We’re putting our Environmental Commitments into action by identifying ways to further reduce our water use and protect ground and surface water through a number of initiatives:

  • Recycling more water for steam generation at our oil sands operations through our patented blowdown boiler technology, resulting in reduced fresh and saline water use
  • Using saline water whenever possible in our operations, rather than drawing from fresh water aquifers, lakes, streams or rivers
  • Reusing our camps’ waste water after it’s been treated and approved for release to build ice roads, for use in dust suppression and in our drilling activities
  • Continuing to develop and invest in technologies that can reduce our water use per barrel of oil produced, such as the use of ultra-high quality steam, Wedge Well™ technology and solvent aided process
  • Evaluating our water use performance relative to that of our peers and other industries to continuously improve. We’re collaborating on best management practices through Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance (COSIA) to share our learnings and learn from others.

Improving water data management

We use about one million cubic metres (6.3 million barrels) of fresh water every year to support various drilling and construction programs such as exploration and road maintenance. This water is hauled by truck to where it is needed, such as to build ice roads or to control dust on roads. Traditionally, each time a water truck was filled, the water use was noted by hand on paper. Over previous winters we had some challenges with regulatory compliance because of delays in getting paperwork and entering data from several trucks into a centralized tracking system.

Recognizing we needed to do better, we developed a new water tracking program to not only improve our compliance with regulations but to also create a new industry standard. In the fall, we launched a mobile phone app and web-based tracking system to improve our trucked water tracking. The app enables a water hauler to track the volume of each load on a mobile device. This approach ensures there is no lag time and helps to make sure we don’t miss a load. The system has helped to increase reporting accuracy, reduce time and costs associated with data entry, and provide wider access to data. The new tracking system allows us to track load-by-load water use, enabling us to better predict where and how much water we need.

Our technology development initiatives have resulted in more efficient steam boilers at our oil sands operations, which use less water and reduce our CO2 emissions because less natural gas is burned.


Our performance

SAGD technology relies on steam to get the oil from our oil sands projects out of the ground – meaning the success of our operations depends on our ability to access and use water efficiently. Of the water that was used in steam production at our Foster Creek and Christina Lake oil sands projects in 2014, most of it (over 84 percent) came from recycled produced water, 14 percent from saline groundwater and two percent from fresh groundwater. We do not use any water from lakes or streams to make steam in our oil sands operations.

We’re constantly on the lookout for innovative ways to reduce and recycle water in our activities. For example, we have installed low-flow pumping fixtures at some of our camps and reuse camp waste water in our drilling operations and to construct ice roads.

In 2014, we used about 20 million barrels of fresh water from surface and groundwater sources across all our oil sands, conventional oil and natural gas operations. Our oil sands operations used nearly 10 million barrels of fresh water, of which 50 percent was used for production and the remainder used for other purposes like potable camp water, dust suppression, ice road construction, drilling and construction. The 51 percent decrease in fresh water use at our oil sands projects in 2014 was due to the completion of the dewatering pilot at our Telephone Lake project.

Based on data from the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers’ Responsible Canadian Energy 2014 Progress Report, our oil sands fresh water use intensity is 84 percent lower than the industry average fresh water use intensity for in-situ oil sands and Western Canadian oil and natural gas production.

Members of COSIA’s Water Environmental Priority Area have committed to reduce industry fresh water use intensity by 50 percent by 2022 from 2012. The target for in-situ oil sands producers is a fresh water intensity of 0.20 barrels of water for every barrel of oil produced. Our oil sands fresh water intensity is already well below this average.

Our Foster Creek operation has made great strides over the last decade, improving fresh water consumption by 76 percent since 2006. We achieved this by recycling more water and using saline, or salty water instead of fresh groundwater. In 2006, we used about a barrel of fresh water to produce a barrel of oil. Today it takes us less than 0.08 of a barrel of fresh water to produce a barrel of oil.


Spills

Preventing spills

Spills of any type – whether produced water, drilling fluids, chemicals, gasoline or oil – are not acceptable. But they can and do happen despite having engineering and process safety procedures in place. Fewer spills mean less long-term environmental impacts. Some common causes of spills include transferring materials between vessels, loading and unloading, overfilling of containers, leaking storage tanks, hoses, piping or other equipment, equipment failure and accidents such as motor vehicle incidents.

We work to proactively reduce the risks of spills by applying rigour to our maintenance activities, promoting awareness of spill prevention, tracking and reporting spills across our operations, pre-job planning to identify potential spill hazards and responding appropriately to incidents. Spill incidents that do occur are reported, cleaned up so there are no lasting impacts on the environment, investigated and actions undertaken to minimize the risk of future incidents.

In the event of a spill, Cenovus responds immediately, implementing containment and recovery plans while safeguarding our workers and the environment.

We’re taking steps to raise spill prevention awareness among our workers. We have spill committees across our operations to help identify spill trends and prevention opportunities. We continue to raise awareness among our contractors and employees about how to prevent or reduce the number, size and extent of spills that occur in our operations through our Every Drop Counts program. The more our workers are aware of the impact of spills and how they can be prevented, the more effort they’ll make to work safely and take the time to address hazards that may cause spills.

In 2014, we experienced an increase in the volume of reportable spills. We’re working to analyze why this happened so that we can enhance our approach to spill prevention.

The increase in reportable spill volume was primarily due to sizeable events at the following locations:

  • Diluent spill at our Foster Creek oil sands project – approximately 400m3 (2,516 barrels) of diluent leaked from a connection between a tank and a transfer line into a containment area in December 2014. We’re actively remediating the site to recover all of the spilled diluent as well as investigating how this incident occurred so we can help prevent future incidents like this.
  • Polymer spill at our Pelican Lake oil project – approximately 160m3 (1,007 barrels) of a polymer and fresh water mixture was released onto the ground in March 2014 when a valve on a gauge was left open and failed. Once the leak was identified, the system was immediately shut down and the area was isolated and cleaned up so that there was no lasting damage to the environment. To help ensure an incident like this does not occur again, we developed a new procedure at Pelican Lake to keep valves closed except when employees are taking a pressure reading from a gauge.

Our performance

A reportable spill is one that exceeds the 2m3 (about 13 barrels) volume specified by the governing regulations for our operating areas. We’re trying to find ways to reduce the frequency and volume of products being spilled and to better understand the potential impacts associated with spills.

A reportable spill is one that exceeds the 2m3 (about 13 barrels) volume specified by the governing regulations for our operating areas. We’re trying to find ways to reduce the frequency and volume of products being spilled and to better understand the potential impacts associated with spills.


Land use

Re-establishing habitat to restore the natural diversity of plants and animals in areas where we operate is an integral part of the work we do. The goal of our reclamation efforts is to reduce habitat loss and minimize the impact on wildlife.

Since no two areas across our operations are the same, we give a lot of thought to the reclamation approach we take. In our oil and gas operations in southern Alberta and Saskatchewan, the reclamation process can begin immediately after a well is no longer producing. In other cases, like at our oil sands projects in northern Alberta, we choose to reuse already disturbed land for other purposes and reclaim it once we’re finished. While the result may be that we don’t receive as many reclamation certificates for those areas in the short term, this approach helps to reduce the total amount of land that’s disturbed in the long run. We track and manage wells throughout their life cycle, from planning through production to reclamation, and have a long-term strategy in place to manage our inactive wells and actively accelerate the pace of our reclamation.

Currently, 250 to 300 wells become inactive each year. This number will increase significantly over the next 15 years when many of the conventional natural gas wells drilled during the 1970s reach the end of their productive lives.

In 2014, we had more than 3,000 wells under active reclamation. We set annual targets so that this work remains a priority. We’re pleased to report that we achieved 101 percent of our inactive well reclamation target for 2014, and 104 percent of our surface reclamation target – submitting 177 reclamation certificate applications in Alberta and Saskatchewan.

Innovating for responsible land use

In 2014, we began taking a more proactive approach to managing how we abandon and reclaim wells, by launching our Take it to Eight initiative. Take it to Eight requires any wells that have not been active for eight years to automatically be abandoned and reclaimed.

Previously, we had wells that had been inactive for longer than eight years, and it was rare that these wells were ever reactivated for oil and gas production. These older wells also posed an increased risk to the environment. Since launching the initiative in November, we have been able to add over 600 wells to our abandonment and reclamation program. The benefits to taking this new approach include:

  • Helping to keep on top of our abandonment and reclamation targets
  • Having a greater inventory of abandoned wells ready to be reclaimed
  • Increasing efficiencies when planning our long-term abandonment and reclamation program
  • Reducing abandonment and reclamation costs per well – greater inventory means we can group several wells into a single program
  • Minimizing our inventory of inactive wells, allowing us to restore the ecological function of former well sites more quickly through reclamation
  • Maintaining an abandon-as-you-go mind-set, rather than waiting until all production ends to begin abandonment and reclamation
  • Restoring larger sections of land to improve wildlife habitat

The initiative is currently active across our conventional oil and gas operations in southern Alberta and Saskatchewan, however our goal is to extend Take it to Eight across all our operations by the end of 2015.


Biodiversity

Our development planning process considers many different measures to reduce our impacts on vegetation and wildlife. We integrate biodiversity considerations into our planning and decision-making processes and work collectively with industry partners, government and academics to develop our resource responsibly.

Part of our operations are located in the boreal forest in northern Alberta. Cenovus has made woodland caribou a key environment and biodiversity priority. Woodland caribou are listed as threatened under the Canadian Species at Risk Act. Our caribou-related initiatives include participation and leadership at COSIA, where a coordinated caribou program is being developed by the oil sands industry. We’re also carrying out a major habitat restoration program across 37,000 hectares of forest in northeast Alberta. During the summer of 2015, our goal is to plant 100,000 trees as part of this program.

Managing biodiversity

All of our oil sands projects go through a detailed environmental impact assessment (EIA) prior to being approved by the Government of Alberta. Issues of biodiversity are rigorously dealt with in these EIAs. As part of this regulatory approval process, we’re required to submit comprehensive caribou mitigation and monitoring plans.

An innovative approach Cenovus has implemented to improve our biodiversity performance is to use specialized geomatics software tools to help identify, map and make mitigation recommendations such as optimizing the construction of our projects to avoid ecologically sensitive areas, suggesting the most appropriate timing, or advising on methods for construction and reclamation. Patent applications were filed for this approach in 2014.

We also plan our activities to avoid sensitive times for wildlife, such as migration and nesting periods for birds and calving season for caribou.

Keeping a watchful eye on wildlife video


We’ve installed dozens of motion-activated cameras at our oil sands operations to monitor the movement of caribou and other wildlife to assess whether we’re having an impact on them. Results obtained from this monitoring continue to inform our restoration activities and confirm the effectiveness of existing mitigations such as wildlife crossings under and over pipelines. This time-lapse video showcases a selection of images captured over the course of a year and a half.


Collaborating to improve Biodiversity

We work closely with Aboriginal and local communities, government, industry partners and researchers on ways to reduce the impact our operations have on wildlife and habitat. We support regional biodiversity monitoring initiatives through the Joint Oil Sands Monitoring initiative, Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute and the Cumulative Environmental Management Association.

Restoring caribou habitat in northern Alberta


Find out about the innovative techniques we’re using to regenerate forest growth along old seismic lines to help protect and restore wildlife habitat.

Measurement abbreviations used throughout the report

 

bbls barrels
BOE/d barrel of oil equivalent per day
CO2 carbon dioxide
CO2E carbon dioxide equivalent
GJ gigajoules
GHG greenhouse gas
m³OE cubic metres of oil equivalent
mg/L milligrams per litre
MMcf/d million cubic feet per day
SOR steam to oil ratio