Sustainability at Suncor

Renewable technologies

While we continue to reduce the emissions intensity of our liquid fuels, we are also evolving and expanding our product offering to meet growing customer demand.

Electric vehicle charging network

Through our Petro-Canada™ brand, we completed construction in 2019 of Canada’s Electric Highway™, a coast-to-coast electric vehicle (EV) fast-charging network spanning more than 50 Petro-CanadaTM stations. These sites are positioned no further than 250 kilometres apart and provide universal charging options to a variety of electric vehicles.

We invested in level three direct current fast chargers, a step change technology that is built beyond the needs of today’s EV technology and positioned for the future of EV charging in Canada. This exciting initiative supports customers wanting to reduce their carbon footprint with choices for their energy needs and enables us to learn more about this emerging market as we continue to evaluate options and respond to evolving customer needs.

Dorchester, Ontario Petro-Canada electric vehicle charging station
Dorchester, Ontario Petro-Canada™ electric vehicle charging station

Biofuels

Since 2006, Suncor has been making a significant impact in Canada’s emerging biofuels industry. Our ethanol plant provides the ethanol that we blend into our gasoline and we continue to research lower carbon intensity ethanol.

We are advancing an active portfolio of projects with universities and companies aimed at developing pathways to produce advanced biofuels from waste, forestry and agricultural excess biomass and refinery gases. These biofuels have the potential to significantly reduce GHG emissions and facilities that Suncor develops and operates in the future based on these investments, will also contribute to our GHG goal:

  • participating in the Alberta-Based Biorefinery (AB-Bio) project with Alberta Innovates to de-risk sustainable Alberta-based feedstocks to produce low carbon fuels
  • increasing renewable fuel options for our diesel and gasoline blending including investment in hydrotreated renewable diesel (HRD) and fatty acid methyl ester (FAME)
  • investing in companies advancing clean and renewable fuel production capacity

LanzaTech

LanzaTech’s carbon recycling platform uses novel gas fermentation technology to capture CO2 rich gases and convert the carbon to fuels and chemicals. For over ten years, Suncor has partnered with LanzaTech to support the development of their patented technology portfolio for potential deployment within our existing operations as well as next generation biofuel plants.

LanzaJet

LanzaJet will produce sustainable aviation fuel from ethanol from recycled pollution and waste products. As a founding investor, Suncor’s participation will enable the construction of an integrated biorefinery at the Freedom Pines site in Soperton, Georgia and accelerate global commercial access to new sustainable fuels for the aviation sector as it seeks to decarbonize.

Enerkem

In 2019, we invested in Enerkem Inc., which manufactures biofuels and renewable chemical products from household garbage that would otherwise be landfilled. In addition to a financial investment, a number of Suncor employees have been seconded to Enerkem’s facility in Edmonton.

Low-carbon ethanol production

Working with Alberta-based forestry resources, Emissions Reductions Alberta and LanzaTech, we are advancing a pilot scale production of ethanol at a low carbon intensity. The pilot project converts woody biomass into renewable ethanol through the gasification of the biomass into syngas, and then the fermentation of the syngas into ethanol. By leading this initiative in a regional context, we have the opportunity to create a new value chain that would support the commercial development of advanced biofuels in Alberta.

Wind power

Wind power is one of the fastest growing sources of electricity generation in the world. It is efficient, emissions-free and renewable. Investment in wind power is a key component of Suncor's climate change action plan.

Suncor and our partners are involved in four operational wind power facilities. These wind power facilities have a generating capacity of over 100 megawatts (MW).

In addition to our current partnerships in wind power, in 2019, we sanctioned phase one (200 MW) of the Forty Mile Wind Power Project in Alberta. We continue to evaluate renewable energy investments that deliver economic, environmental and social benefits.

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