2012 environment and social progress reports - Suncor's 2013 Report on Sustainability

2012 environment and social progress reports - Suncor's 2013 Report on Sustainability

2012 environment and social progress reports - Suncor's 2013 Report on Sustainability

2012 environment and social progress reports - Suncor's 2013 Report on Sustainability

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2013 Environment & social progress reports

The progress reports provided below detail Suncor’s environmental and social goals and performance.

For detailed information about Suncor’s economic performance, download our 2012 Annual Report (PDF, 139 pp., 776 KB).

2013 Environment progress report

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Environmental excellence plan (EEP)

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Environmental excellence plan (EEP)

  • Continue EEP development and implementation.
  • Execute projects identified to support environmental performance goals.
  • Begin process to develop next round of environmental performance goals.
  • EEP implementation and improvement continued.
  • Environmental Excellence Fund (EEF) usage increased.
  • Internal communication regarding gap closure.
  • Preparation and foundational work for sustainability goal development began.
  • Continue work to develop next round of sustainability goals.
  • Continue planning and execution of 2015 goal gap closure plan (focus on energy and air goals) and strive to continue improvements in water and land goal areas.

Water

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Water

  • Achieve further reductions by designing more systems to treat and recycle tailings water from operations.
  • Reduce the net effect of water use in the oil sands region by sharing lessons learned with industry peers through Canada's Oil Sands Alliance (COSIA).
  • Finish implementing EIMS water configuration by end of 2013
  • Continue EIMS implementation for sustainability reporting in Q1 2014.

Land and biodiversity

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Land and biodiversity

  • Advance reclamation techniques at oil sands mining operations. These include contouring the land for a natural appearance, providing suitable drainage and minimizing erosion by planting native trees, grasses and shrubs.

Land:

  • Major progress made on fen construction — a bog-like wetland found in the boreal forest.
  • Harvest and propagation of new species for fen reclamation area.
  • Initiated research of swamp reclamation methods.
  • Largest tree plant ever undertaken at Suncor's Oil Sands operation (294 ha, 695,000 seedlings).

Biodiversity:

  • Canada lynx detected by remote cameras for first time in reclamation areas.
  • Significant decrease in black bear activity.
  • Canadian toads detected in Wapisiw Lookout wetland.
  • Continue to invest in technologies and people to allow further development and implementation of reclamation techniques.
  • Participate in COSIA Land Environmental Priority Area (EPA) projects that address key issues of footprint reduction, acceleration of reclamation and preservation of biodiversity.

Energy efficiency and climate change

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Energy efficiency and greenhouse gas emissions

  • Implement energy management system at Montreal and Edmonton refineries.
  • Revisit future growth project designs to evaluate greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction opportunities
  • Advance work on GHG abatement technologies through Carbon Management Canada (CMC), Integrated CO2 Network (ICO2N), CO2 Capture Project (CCP3) and other groups
  • Schedule the assessment of using EIMS for GHG forecasting
  • Energy management review completed at both facilities during 2012.
  • Review of growth project designs completed and recommendations put forward for detailed assessment.
  • Suncor continues to leverage external organizations through our technology and innovation strategy.
  • EIMS implementation advanced during 2012
  • GHG forecasting process strengthened to provide enhanced risk modelling.
  • Energy management review to be completed for extraction, energy utilities and upgrading at base plant
  • Gap assessment of oil sands facility GHG measurement and reporting to meet anticipated higher regulatory stringency.
  • Implement fuel gas equalization line at Commerce City refinery to optimize energy balance.

Air

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Air

  • EIMS implementation continuing with remaining sites slated for completion by Q1 2013.
  • Continue to invest in equipment and technology to achieve emissions reductions.
  • Continue to improve air emissions inventory.
  • Completed annual Air Pollutant and GHG Reporting Guide
  • EIMS implementation for the remaining sites slated for completion by Q4 2013
  • Continue EIMS implementation for sustainability reporting in Q1 2014.
  • EIMS in sustainment state for all sites for air emissions.
  • Continue to invest in equipment and technology to achieve emissions reductions.
  • Continue to improve air emissions inventory.

Renewable energy

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Renewable energy

  • Evaluate new opportunities to build renewables portfolio, with projects in various states of development.
  • Evaluate opportunities to further optimize St. Clair ethanol plant.
  • Submitted Renewable Energy Applications for Suncor's Cedar Point II and Adelaide Wind Power projects to the Ontario Ministry of Environment.
  • Submitted a regulatory application for Suncor's Hand Hills Wind Power Project to the Alberta Utilities Commission.
  • Achieved a production milestone of 1.5 billion litres of ethanol in 2012 from Suncor's St. Clair ethanol facility.
  • Progress the Renewable Energy Applications for Suncor's Cedar Point II and Adelaide Wind Power projects and secure approval to bring the projects online in 2015.
  • Continue to review and develop Suncor's renewable energy portfolio. This includes progressing the Alberta Hand Hills application and evaluation of ongoing renewable energy opportunities, including evaluation of a pilot scale battery storage opportunity.
  • Continue to evaluate opportunities for improved product yields and efficiencies at St. Clair ethanol facility.

Tailings

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Tailings

  • Continue work toward fluid tailings reduction targets, and advance tailings management through collaboration with groups like Oil Sands Tailings Consortium (OSTC), Oil Sands Leadership Initiative (OSLI) and COSIA.
  • Captured more mature fine tailings (MFT) generating solids than mined via a combination of beach capture and TROTM.
  • Completed the Tailings Technology Roadmap and Action Plan Report — a joint industry/government study.
  • Continue work toward fluid tailings reduction targets, and advance tailings management through collaboration with groups like COSIA.

2013 Social Progress Report

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Safety, health and security

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Safety, health and security

  • Seek to eliminate all workplace incidents.
  • Continue to implement, sustain Journey to Zero through networks, leading/lagging metrics and governance.
  • The lost-time injury frequency among Suncor employees and contractors declined from a rate of 0.06 in 2011 to a rate of 0.05 in 2012 — an improvement of 2%.
  • The recordable injuries frequency rate also declined, from 0.73 in 2011 to 0.59 in 2012 — a 19% improvement.
  • Integration of process safety standards across all of Suncor's major facilities is nearly complete with more than half of these facilities in the final stages of the project.
  • Seek to eliminate all workplace incidents.
  • Continue to implement and sustain Journey to Zero through networks, leading/lagging metrics and governance.
  • Focus on the sustainability of process safety practices over the long term.

Human rights and social risk

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Human rights and social risk

  • Develop separate guidelines to address the challenges of implementing Suncor's human rights policy in conflict-affected areas.
  • Human rights implementation guidelines currently in development.
  • Complete human rights guidelines and fully incorporate into Stakeholder Relations framework.

Stakeholder and Aboriginal relations

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Stakeholder and Aboriginal relations

  • Create formal grievance mechanism within Stakeholder Relations framework.
  • Continue to develop and refine an effective tool for assessing social risks.
  • Develop and launch Aboriginal training programs.
  • Develop Aboriginal employment strategy.
  • Develop an implementation plan and pilot the Aboriginal Economic Collaboration strategy.
  • Participate in the development of an end-to-end process for issues management.
  • Conduct stakeholder research.
  • Draft grievance mechanism completed.
  • Social risk assessment tool or principles applied to three projects in 2012.
  • Target for Aboriginal awareness training was 80 people. We trained over 200.
  • Aboriginal employment strategy currently in development
  • Aboriginal economic collaboration strategy implementation piloted in seven business groups.
  • Aboriginal economic collaboration performance measurement framework completed.
  • External Issues management process at Suncor currently under review.
  • Stakeholder research completed.
  • Finalize complaint and grievance mechanism and develop rollout plan.
  • Finalize social risk assessment tool.
  • Target over 250 people to receive Aboriginal Awareness training.
  • Aboriginal employment strategy completed and implementation plans drafted.
  • Establish regular cross-enterprise reporting on Aboriginal economic collaboration.
  • Develop and implement Aboriginal Procurement Guideline.
  • Conduct survey of Suncor's Aboriginal business partners and communicate results.
  • External issues management process finalized and rollout plan in place.
  • Share results of stakeholder research and develop plans to address feedback.
  • Complete third-party audit of our Aboriginal Relations program to receive PAR (Progressive Aboriginal Relations) certification through the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business.

Community investment

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Community investment

  • Continue implementation of the new community investment strategy in Suncor’s business units and key communities.
  • Strengthen communities by cultivating community leaders.
  • Support building skills and knowledge for the current and future workforce.
  • Foster the ability to think creatively through inspiring innovation.
  • Build employee and volunteer capability by engaging citizens in community activities.
  • Completed transition to new community investment strategy both internally and externally.
  • Partnered with four shared space initiatives.
  • Supported capacity building programs for more than 100 community and Aboriginal leaders.
  • Provided $1.7 million to support excellence in indigenous education.
  • Established new partnerships with three Canadian business schools.
  • Entered into new partnerships with Skills Canada (National) and Skills Ontario to support skilled trades education.
  • Worked to inspire innovation through initiatives with EPIC YYC, Admitting Failure and the Framework Foundation.
  • Raised more than $6.8 million in support of United Way chapters across Canada and the U.S.
  • Supported the community involvement of our employees by providing $928,000 in SunCares grants to more than 600 charitable and non-profit organizations.
  • Complete long-term community investment plans for key operating communities.
  • Work with key partners and community leaders to collaborate on long-term priorities.
  • Celebrate the Suncor Energy Foundation's 15-year anniversary.
  • Explore initiatives that engage Aboriginal youth.
  • Find new way to encourage skilled trades as a first-choice career.
  • Work with social innovation experts who are pushing boundaries and exploring possibilities for the future.
  • Launch a new priority funding area entitled "Collaborating for the Energy Future."
  • Increase employee participation in the SunCares program.
  • Launch formalized employee volunteer program.

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