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International & Offshore

International & Offshore (I&O), a division of the Exploration & Production (E&P) business unit, focuses on operations in:

  • the North Sea (United Kingdom, the Netherlands and Norway)
  • the East Coast of Canada (where we participate in every major oil development project)
  • Libya and Syria

Data included in our 2010, 2011 and 2012 report is from Suncor's operated International assets and does not include emissions from exploratory wells, drilling vessels or assets that were sold during the 2009 and 2010 reporting year. Operated assets in 2009 included the Hanze and De Ruyter assets in the North Sea as well as our Terra Nova asset off the east coast of Canada. In 2010 both the Hanze and De Ruyter assets were sold and therefore our Terra Nova operated platform is the only data included in environmental data section for both 2011 and 2012.

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Environment

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Indicator Unit Footnote GRI indicator 2009 2010 2011 2012
Production              
Net production million barrels of oil equivalent (BOE)/year OG1 32.47 24.92 16.85 8.47

Footnote A:
Total amount of product sold. Net production is used to calculate intensities.

Net production Million cubic metres (m3) of oil equivalent/year OG1 5.16 3.96 2.68 1.35

Footnote A:
Total amount of product sold. Net production is used to calculate intensities.

Air emissions              
Greenhouse gas (GHG) thousand tonnes carbon dioxide equivalent
(CO2e) /year
EN16 634.49 604.23 601.57 391.36

Footnote B:
Greenhouse gas emissions are calculated using the following methodology:
• Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) "Calculating Greenhouse Gas Emissions Guide" (2003)
• API's "Fugitive Hydrocarbon Emissions from Oil and Gas Production Operations" , (1993)
• Statistics Canada "Technical Guidance on Reporting Greenhouse Gas Emissions, (2006)" 
• IPCC "Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas Inventories"  (2006)

GHG emission intensity tonnes CO2e/m3 production   EN16 0.12 0.15 0.22 0.29
Sulphur dioxide (SO2) tonnes/year EN20 1.73 0.33 0.27 1.31

Footnote C:
Change in methodology of calculations and increase in the sulphur content in the reservoir.

Sulphur dioxide emission intensity kilograms (kg)/m3 production   EN20 0.0003 0.0 0.0 0.0
Nitrogen oxides (NOx) thousand tonnes/year EN20 2.47 2.45 2.39 1.46

Footnote D:
There was a decrease in NOx emissions relative to 2011, due to the extended off station turnaround during 2012 resulting in lower production.

Nitrogen oxides emission intensity kg/m3 production   EN20 0.47 0.62 0.89 1.09
Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) thousand tonnes/year EN20 5.15 4.44 2.88 1.50

Footnote E:
There was a decrease in total VOCs and subsequent specified VOCs emissions relative to 2011, due to the extended off station turnaround during 2012 resulting in lower production.

     Benzene tonnes/year   EN20 0.28 0.28 0.23 0.15
     Toluene tonnes/year   EN20 0.46 0.49 0.45 0.25
     Ethylbenzene tonnes/year   EN20 0.11 0.11 0.10 0.05
     Xylene tonnes/year   EN20 0.20 0.21 0.19 0.10
VOC emission intensity kg/m3 production   EN20 1.00 1.12 1.08 1.12
NPRI on-site releases tonnes   EN20 8036.56 7,466.23 5,876.83 3,551.00
Total gas flaring million m3/yr   OG6 43.66 45.25 48.53 47.35
Flared gas intensity m3/m3 production OG6 8.45 11.41 18.12 35.16

Footnote F:
In 2012, there was an increase in flared gas intensity due to a decrease in production.

Energy consumption              
Total energy use million gigajoules   EN3/4 8.55 8.03 6.88 4.80
     Direct energy use million gigajoules EN3 8.55 8.03 6.88 4.80

Footnote G:
Direct energy is energy consumed on-site by Suncor operated facilities. For Suncor's East Coast operations, direct energy includes diesel and natural gas consumption for heat and power generation on the Terra Nova FPSO, as well as natural gas consumed in flaring operations. There is no electrical power imported from the local grid as our operated properties are offshore platforms.

     Indirect energy use million gigajoules   EN4 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Energy intensity gigajoules/m3 production   EN3/4 1.66 2.03 2.57 3.56
Energy saved through conservation and efficiency improvements million gigajoules EN5 1.47 0.00 0.00 0.00

Footnote H:
The reported value in 2009 was generated by comparing the 2008 and 2009 total facility energy values. The reported energy savings can be attributed to a reduction in gas flared over 2008 levels, resulting from improvements in the reliability of gas injection for the Terra Nova FPSO. In 2012, no energy savings were reported.

Water use              
Water withdrawal million m3 EN8 0.0100 28.81 24.68 14.07

Footnote I:
For Suncor's East Coast operations, water withdrawal includes freshwater bunkered to the FPSO potable water tanks for domestic use on the facility. It also includes topside seawater intake flow used for process cooling and water injection for production purposes. In 2009, seawater was not included in the reported water withdrawal volume but as per Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) requirements, it is now included in the 2010 value.
In 2009, water withdrawal for Netherlands operations was seawater and was mainly reinjected for production purposes. The assets were subsequently sold and not included in the 2010 report.

Water withdrawal intensity m3/m3 production   EN8 0.0020 7.27 9.21 10.44
Water returned million m3 EN21 0.0000 18.44 19.13 10.46

Footnote J:
In 2009 water returned was comprised of freshwater only. Beginning in 2010 as per GRI requirements, water returned includes both freshwater and seawater.

Water consumption million m3     0.0110 10.37 5.55 3.61
Water consumption intensity m3/m3 production   EN8 0.0020 2.62 2.07 2.68
Produced water million m3 OG5 8.75 6.02 3.82 2.24

Footnote K:
Produced water is all formation and other water brought to the surface during the normal course of the production process.

Waste management              
Hazardous waste generated thousand tonnes   EN22 0.24 0.17 0.17 0.14
Hazardous waste incinerated tonnes
  EN22 -- -- 1.5 0.07
Hazardous waste landfilled tonnes
  EN22 -- -- 166.2 0.06
Hazardous waste otherwise disposed tonnes   EN22 -- -- 6.3 0.01
Non-hazardous waste generated thousand tonnes   EN22 2.27 2.54 2.37 1.85
Non-hazardous waste incinerated tonnes   EN22 -- -- 0.0 0.0
Non-hazardous waste landfilled tonnes   EN22 -- -- 2,374.6 1,854.4
Non-hazardous waste otherwise disposed tonnes   EN22 -- -- 0.0 0.0
Waste reused/recycled/recovered off-site tonnes   EN22 152.3 41.0 38.1 22.9
Compliance              
Major incidents   LA7, SO8 0 0 0 0

Footnote L:
Major incidents are environment, health or safety incidents that result in a permanent disability or fatality, punitive action by government, having catastrophic environmental impact, or significant impact to the company's reputation.

Regulatory contraventions   EN28 0 17 18 19

Footnote M:
A regulatory contravention is an environmental incident that breaches a regulatory limit (prescribed threshold required by legislation, approval or permit from a regulatory authority) or requirement (any law, act, regulation, licence, standard, approval, directive and/or permit applicable to Suncor's activities)and that triggers formal regulatory reporting.

Number of air quality exceedances     EN28 0 0 0 0
Number of industrial wastewater limit exceedances     EN28 0 1 0 2
Number of reportable spills   EN23 26 11 36 6

Footnote N:
Reportable spills are defined in accordance with federal and provincial regulations.

Number of spills to natural water bodies     EN23 0 11 36 6
Total volume of spills m3 EN23 10.84 2.76 28.79 2.33

Footnote O:
Includes both hydrocarbon and non-hydrocarbon spills.

Regulatory fines $   EN28 0 0 0 0
Environment, Health & Safety (EH&S) management              
EH&S professionals on staff   EN30 56 -- -- --

Footnote P:
Number of Environment, Health & Safety professionals on staff is now included with North America Onshore.

Environmental capital expenditures $ millions   EN30 0.17 0.00 0.00 0.00
International & Offshore environment footnotes
1 International & Offshore environmental data includes operated facilities only. In 2009, operated facilities included Hazne, DeRuyter and Terra Nova. In 2010, Hazne and DeRuyter were sold and therefore, 2010 to 2012 data includes Terra Nova only.
A Total amount of product sold. Net production is used to calculate intensities.
B Greenhouse gas emissions are calculated using the following methodology:
• Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) "Calculating Greenhouse Gas Emissions Guide" (2003)
• API's "Fugitive Hydrocarbon Emissions from Oil and Gas Production Operations" , (1993)
• Statistics Canada "Technical Guidance on Reporting Greenhouse Gas Emissions, (2006)" 
• IPCC "Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas Inventories"  (2006)
C Change in methodology of calculations and increase in the sulphur content in the reservoir.
D There was a decrease in NOx emissions relative to 2011, due to the extended off station turnaround during 2012 resulting in lower production.
E There was a decrease in total VOCs and subsequent specified VOCs emissions relative to 2011, due to the extended off station turnaround during 2012 resulting in lower production.
F In 2012, there was an increase in flared gas intensity due to a decrease in production.
G Direct energy is energy consumed on-site by Suncor operated facilities. For Suncor's East Coast operations, direct energy includes diesel and natural gas consumption for heat and power generation on the Terra Nova FPSO, as well as natural gas consumed in flaring operations. There is no electrical power imported from the local grid as our operated properties are offshore platforms.
H The reported value in 2009 was generated by comparing the 2008 and 2009 total facility energy values. The reported energy savings can be attributed to a reduction in gas flared over 2008 levels, resulting from improvements in the reliability of gas injection for the Terra Nova FPSO. In 2012, no energy savings were reported.
I For Suncor's East Coast operations, water withdrawal includes freshwater bunkered to the FPSO potable water tanks for domestic use on the facility. It also includes topside seawater intake flow used for process cooling and water injection for production purposes. In 2009, seawater was not included in the reported water withdrawal volume but as per Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) requirements, it is now included in the 2010 value.
In 2009, water withdrawal for Netherlands operations was seawater and was mainly reinjected for production purposes. The assets were subsequently sold and not included in the 2010 report.
J In 2009 water returned was comprised of freshwater only. Beginning in 2010 as per GRI requirements, water returned includes both freshwater and seawater.
K Produced water is all formation and other water brought to the surface during the normal course of the production process.
L Major incidents are environment, health or safety incidents that result in a permanent disability or fatality, punitive action by government, having catastrophic environmental impact, or significant impact to the company's reputation.
M A regulatory contravention is an environmental incident that breaches a regulatory limit (prescribed threshold required by legislation, approval or permit from a regulatory authority) or requirement (any law, act, regulation, licence, standard, approval, directive and/or permit applicable to Suncor's activities)and that triggers formal regulatory reporting.
N Reportable spills are defined in accordance with federal and provincial regulations.
O Includes both hydrocarbon and non-hydrocarbon spills.
P Number of Environment, Health & Safety professionals on staff is now included with North America Onshore.

Economic

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Indicator Unit Footnote GRI indicator 2009 2010 2011 2012
Production            

Footnote Q:
These values are consistent with those found in Suncor's 2012 annual report (PDF, 139 pp., 776 KB).

Net Production (thousand barrels of oil/day) thousand BOE/day   OG1 179 201 142 136
Net Production (thousand of m3 of oil equivalent/day) thousand m3 of oil equivalent/day   OG1 28 32 22.6 21.6
Financials            

Footnote R:
For complete disclosure and additional information see Suncor's 2012 annual report (PDF, 139 pp., 776 KB)

Net earnings $ millions EC1 277 1,497 336 383

Footnote S:
Data for 2009 and prior years is presented in accordance with previous Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) standard.All values are consistent with Suncor's annual reports.    

Cash flow from operations $ millions EC1 951 2,880 2,569 2,127

Footnote T:
Data for 2009 and prior years is presented in accordance with previous GAAP standard.All values are consistent with Suncor's annual reports.    

Investments              
Capital and exploration expenditures $ millions   EC1 666 1096 737 1,107
Purchases              
Goods and services $ millions   667 514 518 894

Footnote U:
2012 goods and services purchases exclude Syria and Libya.

Goods and services purchased in or from              
     Canada $ millions     393 214 341 659
     Local businesses/suppliers $ millions EC6 525 438 399 787

Footnote V:
Local businesses/suppliers are those established in the region of operations (Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, United Kingdom and Norway).

International & Offshore economy footnotes
Q These values are consistent with those found in Suncor's 2012 annual report (PDF, 139 pp., 776 KB).
R For complete disclosure and additional information see Suncor's 2012 annual report (PDF, 139 pp., 776 KB)
S Data for 2009 and prior years is presented in accordance with previous Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) standard.All values are consistent with Suncor's annual reports.    
T Data for 2009 and prior years is presented in accordance with previous GAAP standard.All values are consistent with Suncor's annual reports.    
U 2012 goods and services purchases exclude Syria and Libya.
V Local businesses/suppliers are those established in the region of operations (Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, United Kingdom and Norway).

Social

International & Offshore social footnotes
W Health and safety data collected for the I&O business is reported in the North America Onshore business unit.
X Compares I&O full-time base wage to the province of Newfoundland's minimum wage. In 2012 we used $10/hour.
Y Any externally hired regular full-time or regular part-time employee whose permanent start date falls within the reporting period. There is no historical data available prior to 2012 as this is the first year this new GRI 3.1 indicator is being reported.
Z Beginning in 2011, this number is reported on a Suncor-wide level and the breakdown is not available.
AA In 2012, there were no males in business support roles.