Conversations that will lead us to better, more responsible solutions means working with stakeholders, governments and industry partners.

Suncor works with NGOs & ENGOs to understand and benefit from their research and viewpoints

Conversations that will lead us to better, more responsible solutions means working with stakeholders, governments and industry partners.

Conversations that will lead us to better, more responsible solutions means working stakeholders, governments and industry partners.

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Conversations that will lead us to better, more responsible solutions means working with stakeholders, governments and industry partners. And while we might not always agree on everything, we do have a common goal — create energy to improve quality of life and do so in a sustainable way.

Environmental non-government organizations (ENGO) partnerships

It strikes some observers as curious that we seek out relationships with groups and individuals who are openly critical of oil sands development. The fact is ENGOs, like the companies they monitor, are not all the same.

Finding common ground

ENGOs are involved in a variety of activities on a wide range of issues. We may have disagreements on some issues and find common ground and mutual benefit by working together on other issues.

We work hard to understand and learn from ENGOs because we value their knowledge, insights and diverse perspectives.

Environment of mutual respect

We seek to engage with ENGOs in an atmosphere of mutual respect, although this does not mean either side is co-opted by the other. Our ENGO partners are free to publicly criticize our company or industry as they see fit except on specific initiatives in which we’ve agreed to co-operate. We, in turn, are free to counter statements and research by ENGO partners if we know it to be contrary to established facts. Simply put, both sides can agree to disagree, while continuing to work together for the greater good.

We have entered into several successful partnerships with ENGOs in recent years. These organizations include:

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The Pembina Institute

The Pembina Institute is an Alberta-based ENGO dedicated to seeking sustainable energy solutions through innovation, research, education, consulting and advocacy. Pembina has worked with us on a number of initiatives, including carbon capture and storage and life cycle value assessments for our renewable energy sector. Additionally, we consulted Pembina on the issue of low carbon fuel standards.

In 2014, the Pembina Institute facilitated and co-convened an expert panel to review and comment on Suncor’s water management practices, with a specific emphasis on the Athabasca River watershed. In early 2015, Suncor and Pembina reviewed the recommendations for the expert panel.

Suncor and Pembina also worked very closely to develop the Terms of Reference for the multi-stakeholder group who were formed to review the Tailings Management Framework which is intended to manage and decrease liability and environmental risk resulting from the accumulation of fluid tailings on the landscape.

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Alberta Conservation Association (ACA)

The ACA delivers a wide range of projects, programs and services aimed at protecting Alberta’s wildlife, fish and habitat. In 2003, the Suncor Energy Foundation entered into a unique partnership with the ACA to conserve habitat in the boreal region of northern Alberta. The initiative is designed to find sustainable ways to offset the land disturbed by our operations. Some of the conserved land will be transferred to the Alberta park system. The Suncor Energy Foundation’s current commitment to ACA extends to 2016.

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Ceres mobilizes a network of investors, companies and public interest groups to accelerate and expand adoption of sustainable business practices and solutions to build a healthy global economy. We have been a Ceres member company since 2007. We work closely with a diverse stakeholder group assembled by Ceres to discuss our overall sustainability strategy, including reporting, risk analysis and issues management. This Ceres stakeholder panel encouraged us to develop our first set of environmental performance goals. In 2015, Ceres reviewed our draft sustainability goals and provided feedback.

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Boreal Leadership Council (BLC)

BLC is composed of leading conservation groups, First Nations, resource companies and financial institutions, all of which have a stake in the future of Canada’s boreal forest. As a member of the BLC, we are a signatory to the Boreal Forest Conservation Framework. We are committed to implementing this national vision through our own sphere of activity and have submitted an action plan to council members outlining our priorities and focus areas.

In 2014, Suncor sponsored a BLC project to review tools, data, practices and governance structures used by Aboriginal Peoples for action planning, including Indigenous knowledge, identifying habitat, and monitoring populations and other aspects of caribou conservation.

The project goals were to:

  • document existing or developing approaches to Aboriginal-led caribou action planning
  • raise awareness of how Aboriginal Peoples protect caribou in Canada’s Boreal region and facilitate information sharing between groups

In 2015, the BLC released its second report on Free Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) which explored recent developments and effective roles for government, industry and Indigenous communities.

The BLC also hosted a workshop in 2015 with government, First Nations, conservation groups and industry on Regional Development and Conservation Planning. The purpose was to explore better ways and tools for achieving balanced, integrated regional solutions. The participants identified specific obstacles to the uptake of regional strategic environmental assessments as well as current opportunities in key regions of Canada’s Boreal Forest.

Learn more at the Boreal Leadership Council website

Pollution Probe

Pollution Probe is a national, not-for-profit organization that defines environmental problems through research, promotes understanding through education and presses for practical solutions through advocacy.

Through the Suncor Energy Foundation (SEF), we have been partners with Pollution Probe since 2001, most recently supporting Energy Exchange – an entity aimed at taking the national dialogue on Canada’s energy future to the next level. Pollution Probe publishes the Energy Exchange Magazine twice per year which promotes a systems-based understanding of energy issues among its readers. The second edition of the Energy Primer is expected to be published in spring 2016.

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Quality Urban Energy Systems of Tomorrow (QUEST)

As another SEF supported organization, QUEST is a collaborative network of stakeholders working to make Canada a leader in the design, development and implementation of integrated community energy solutions. These solutions create smart energy communities by linking energy across land use, buildings, transportation and other related infrastructure. Their Community Energy Implementation Framework is in development and will be prototyped in three test communities in Canada.

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Environmental multi-stakeholder working groups

We believe working with stakeholders to understand their environmental concerns is the best way to develop programs to monitor the environment and to develop a better understanding of environmental limits. We are a member of:

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Wood Buffalo Environmental Association (WBEA)

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 shares the information collected with stakeholders and the public.

Read more about Wood Buffalo Environmental Association

Cumulative Environmental Management Association (CEMA)

CEMA is a multi-stakeholder group that was originally created to study the cumulative environmental effects of industrial development in the Wood Buffalo region and produce guidelines and management frameworks. CEMA has developed a number of environmental management frameworks (air, land and water) that have helped to quantify environmental capacity limits.

In 2015, it was recognized that a large portion of CEMA’s original mandate had been met.  Industry partners were no longer obliged to participate in CEMA. In early 2016, CEMA began a strategic review.

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Alberta Environmental Monitoring (AEMERA)

We support monitoring programs overseen by the Alberta Environmental Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting Agency (AEMERA). AEMERA was accountable for environmental monitoring throughout Alberta and since April 2014, AEMERA had provincial responsibility for the Joint Canada-Alberta Implementation Plan for Oil Sands Monitoring.

In April 2016, the Alberta government announced that AEMERA will be disbanded. The province will retain AEMERA's independent scientific review panel, but that panel, now headed by a chief scientist, will report directly to the Alberta Environment and Parks ministry.

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Industry collaborations

We also participate in industry organizations that work to improve the industry’s environmental, social and economic performance. These organizations include:

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Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance (COSIA)

COSIA is an alliance of oil sands producers focused on accelerating the pace of improvement in environmental performance in Canada’s oil sands through collaborative action and innovation. Through COSIA, participating companies capture, develop and share innovative approaches and best thinking to improve environmental performance in the oil sands. COSIA’s 13 member companies, representing 90% of oil sands production in Canada, focus on four environmental priority areas:

  • tailings
  • water
  • land
  • greenhouse gases

Additionally, monitoring was established as a fifth working group.

COSIA is taking innovation and environmental performance to the next level through a continued focus on collaboration and transparent exchange.

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Oil Sands Community Alliance (OSCA)

Building on the work of the predecessor Oil Sands Developers Group, the Oil Sands Community Alliance (OSCA) aims to help oil sands region communities thrive economically and socially. OSCA’s collaborative approach facilitates engagement, builds relationships and creates measurable socio-economic benefits in focus areas of Aboriginal communities, community well-being, infrastructure and workforce planning.

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Industry associations

We are a member of several industry associations. There is strength in having forums for creating alignment and discussing issues. For a list of certain industry associations, please refer to Lobbying and Disclosure.

Advocacy coalitions

We value and advocate reaching out to diverse stakeholders to generate constructive dialogue about energy development. In 2013, we joined two multi-stakeholder coalitions to encourage broad dialogue on energy and resource development in Canada. Through these partnerships, we hope to encourage Canadians to learn more about the value the resource sector brings to their daily lives and the Canadian economy.

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