Report on Sustainability 2019
Biofuels overview
We have been making a significant impact in Canada’s emerging biofuels industry.
  • St. Clair Ethanol plant
  • LanzaTech
  • Enerkem Inc.
Digitalization overview
We’re increasingly harnessing digital technology capabilities to help improve the safety, productivity, reliability and environmental performance of our operations.
In situ overview
We are advancing a portfolio of in situ technologies to lower the carbon intensity of producing bitumen and improve the cost competitiveness.
Mining overview
Our oil sands mining projects produce a reliable, long-term energy supply while using technology to minimize environmental impact.
Reclamation overview
We’re aggressively working to accelerate the pace of progressive reclamation of disturbed land at our mining and in situ locations.
Social overview
Social innovation considers the whole system to address business and community needs.
Upgrading overview
We continue to look for opportunities to minimize environmental intensity throughout the processes of extraction and production of oil to manufacturing and distributing fuels.
Advanced analytics
Representing a broad range of solutions, advanced analytics allows for sophisticated data mining that produces deeper insights into patterns and trends across our assets and workforce.
Advocacy coalitions
We value and advocate reaching out to diverse stakeholders to generate constructive dialogue about energy development.
Autonomous haulage systems (AHS)
We are proceeding with the phased implementation of autonomous haulage systems (AHS) at company-operated mines.
Commerce City wastewater treatment facility
An upgrade to our existing wastewater treatment facility leveraging a unique technology.
Decarbonization is a strategic focus area for technology development at Suncor – reliable, less energy intensive processes will be needed to realize the benefits.
Demonstration pit lake (Lake Miwasin)
The demonstration pit lake (DPL), now known as Lake Miwasin, is part of our aquatic closure technology development program that is designed to ensure we can successfully reclaim mine sites.
Energy Futures Lab
An Alberta-based, multi-sector collaboration designed to help shape Alberta’s energy future and strengthen its position and reputation as a global energy leader.
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.
Environmental non-government organizations (ENGO) partnerships
We engage with a wide variety of groups and individuals to seek input because we think it’s important to listen and understand other perspectives.
Electric vehicle charging network
Suncor, through its Petro-Canada brand, is building a network of electric vehicle (EV) fast charging stations across the country.
Froth Treatment Tailings
Using a light hydrocarbon to help remove most of the water and mineral from bitumen froth.
High temperature reverse osmosis produced water treatment
A high temperature membrane plant could reduce the energy required and infrastructure for the SAGD water treatment process.
In Situ Demonstration Facility
The In Situ Demonstration Facility (ISDF) will be a place where we can optimize and test our Solvent+ technologies. This facility will be flexible in its design enabling Suncor to pilot and test multiple heating options.
Industry associations
We are a member of several industry associations. There is strength in having forums for creating alignment and discussing issues.
Industry collaborations
We participate in industry organizations that work to improve the industry’s environmental, social and economic performance.
Mild Thermal Cracker Technology
We are advancing research in low temperature thermal vis breaking to examine the potential for bitumen to be upgraded.
Nikanotee fen
We were one of the first companies in the world to complete reconstruction of this type of wetland.
Non-aqueous extraction
We are pursuing new technologies in surface mining and bitumen extraction that could reduce or eliminate the need for water.
Paraffinic Froth Treatment (PFT)
We selectively remove part of the asphaltenes to create a lighter, higher quality bitumen that requires less diluent and no upgrading requirements.
PASS is a fluid tailings treatment process to significantly increase the amount of fluid tailings we can treat in a more sustainable manner.
Remote sensing technologies
Opportunities to reduce safety risks are always a priority, and remote sensing technologies provide solutions that are quick, safe and cost-efficient.
  • Drones
  • Wireless employee monitor
Robotic process automation
We see intelligent business process automation as a key digital enabler to deliver high-value business transformation.
Social goal
Our social goal is changing how we think and act as a company, and is one example of a successful social innovation in action.
Suncor is focused on solvents as an alternative to steam in recovering bitumen from in situ reservoirs.
  • Solvent+ wellbore heating
    A variant of Solvent+ wherein the primary mode of heat addition to the process is in the horizontal section of the solvent injection well.
  • Solvent+ superheat
    A variant of Solvent+ wherein the primary mode of heat addition to the process is at the surface through the heating of solvent well beyond its vapourization temperature.
  • Solvent+ Electromagnetic (EASE)
    A variant of Solvent+ wherein the primary mode of heat addition to the process is in the reservoir through the use of electromagnetic (EM) energy.
    With the ESEIEH® process, steam is replaced by electromagnetic heating and solvent.
Steam-Solvent technologies
The combination of steam and solvent offers potential for achieving significant GHG reductions.
Wellbore enhancements
Improving the reliability of SAGD assets creates opportunities to be more efficient with oil recovery while using less energy and water.