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Cumulative Impacts

We know we don't operate in a vacuum. Suncor is one of many oil sands operators in the Wood Buffalo region. While Suncor works diligently to minimize our own impact, the cumulative impacts of our industry must be managed responsibly.

That's why Suncor reaches out beyond our plant gates to work with industry partners, governments and other stakeholders to address the cumulative effects of development.

Suncor is actively involved in several multi-stakeholder organizations that deal with industry's impact on land, air and water. They include:

  • The Regional Aquatics Monitoring Program (RAMP) has a diverse membership drawn from Aboriginal communities, environmental organizations, governments, industry and others. RAMP monitors aquatic environments in the Athabasca oil sands region to detect and assess cumulative effects and regional trends.
  • The Wood Buffalo Environmental Association (WBEA) is a collaboration of communities, environmental groups, industry, governments and Aboriginal stakeholders. The WBEA monitors air quality in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and openly shares the information collected with stakeholders and the public.
  • The Cumulative Environmental Management Association (CEMA) is governed by 44 members, representing all levels of government, industry, regulatory bodies, environmental organizations and Aboriginal groups. CEMA's mandate is to study the cumulative environmental effects of industrial development in the Wood Buffalo region and produce guidelines and management frameworks.
  • The Boreal Leadership Council (BLC) is comprised of leading conservation groups, Aboriginal groups, resource companies and financial institutions. BLC members are all signatories to the Boreal Forest Conservation Framework, which commits them to the establishment of a network of large interconnected protected areas covering about half of Canada's Boreal Forest—and the use of leading-edge sustainable development practices in remaining areas.

Suncor also participates in industry organizations that deal with a broad range of development impacts. The organizations include:

  • The Oil Sands Development Group (OSDG) is an industry-funded association that collects accurate and credible information and analysis from its members and consults with stakeholders to facilitate practical solutions to regional development issues.
  • The Oil Sands Leadership Initiative Initiative (OSLI) is a recently formed group comprised of six oil sands producing companies. OSLI is committed to achieving tangible improvements in environmental, social and economic performance through collaboration and technological innovation.
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