Cumulative impacts - Suncor's 2013 Report on Sustainability

Cumulative impacts - Suncor's 2013 Report on Sustainability

Cumulative impacts - Suncor's 2013 Report on Sustainability

Cumulative impacts - Suncor's 2013 Report on Sustainability

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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 of northeast Alberta. And while Suncor works diligently to minimize our own environmental impact, the cumulative impacts of our industry must also be managed responsibly.

That's why Suncor reaches out beyond our plant gates to work with industry partners, governments and other stakeholders.

Lower Athabasca Regional Plan

Suncor provided input to the Government of Alberta on the creation of the Lower Athabasca Regional Plan. The plan, which came into force in September 2012, is the first regional plan under the province’s Land Use Framework. The Land Use Framework was created in 2008 to set environmental management outcomes for the province and guide future land use decisions.

As part of the plan, three frameworks for the region have been developed:

  • an air quality management framework
  • a groundwater management framework
  • a surface water quality management framework

Read more about the Lower Athabasca Regional Plan

Multi-stakeholder working groups

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

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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.

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Regional Aquatics Monitoring Program (RAMP)

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.

Visit RAMP to learn more

(Note: WBEA and RAMP will become part of the Joint Oil Sands Monitoring Program currently being developed by the Governments of Canada and Alberta.)

Cumulative Environmental Management Association (CEMA)

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.

Visit CEMA to learn more

Boreal Leadership Council (BLC)

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.

Visit BLC to learn more

Industry working groups

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

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Oil Sands Development Group (OSDG)

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.

Visit OSDG to learn more

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 will capture, develop and share the most innovative approaches and best thinking to improve environmental performance in the oil sands, initially focusing on four environmental priority areas (EPAs) — tailings, water, land and greenhouse gases. COSIA will take innovation and environmental performance in the oil sands to the next level through a continued focus on collaboration and transparent exchange.

Visit COSIA to learn more

The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP)

CAPP is an industry association that represents companies that explore for, develop and produce natural gas and crude oil throughout Canada. CAPP is committed to enhancing the economic sustainability of the Canadian upstream petroleum industry in a safe, environmentally and socially responsible manner, through constructive engagement and communication with governments, the public and stakeholders.

Visit CAPP to learn more