Report on Sustainability 2019

Operations summary

Suncor is focused on being a low-cost, low-carbon producer and demonstrating leadership in environmental performance and social responsibility, while contributing to a strong economy.

Suncor is Canada’s leading integrated energy company. Suncor’s operations include oil sands development and upgrading, onshore and offshore oil and gas production, petroleum refining and product marketing under the Petro-Canada brand.

A member of the Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index, and the FTSE4Good Index Series, Suncor is working to responsibly develop petroleum resources while also growing a renewable energy portfolio. Suncor also responds to CDP’s Climate Change and Water programs.

Suncor’s common shares (symbol: SU) are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the New York Stock Exchange.

Oil sands

Suncor’s Oil Sands segment, with assets located in the Athabasca oil sands of northeast Alberta, recovers bitumen from mining and in situ operations and either upgrades this product into synthetic crude oil for refinery feedstock and diesel fuel or blends the bitumen with diluent for direct sale to market.

Exploration and production

Suncor’s Exploration and Production (E&P) segment consists of offshore operations off the east coast of Canada and in the North Sea, the U.K and Norway, and onshore assets in Libya and Syria. (Operations in Syria have been suspended indefinitely due to political unrest in the country. Production and liftings in Libya have been intermittent due to political unrest.)

Corporate and eliminations

The grouping Corporate and Eliminations includes the company’s investments in renewable energy projects, results related to energy marketing, supply and trading activities, and other activities not directly attributable to any other operating segment.

Refining and marketing

We further unlock the value of the upstream barrel through our strong refining and marketing network. Suncor refines crude oil and intermediate feedstock into a broad range of petroleum and petrochemical products at our four refineries located in Edmonton, Alberta; Sarnia, Ontario; Montreal, Quebec and Commerce City, Colorado.

Our marketing operations sell refined petroleum products to retail, commercial and industrial customers through the more than 1,800 Petro-Canada branded retail and wholesale sites, more than 30 of which are owned and operated by First Nations. The network is supported by a nationwide commercial road transport network and a bulk sales channel throughout Canada as well as other retail stations in Colorado.

Renewable energy

Wind power projects

Suncor is a partner in four operational wind power facilities in Canada. These wind power facilities have a gross generating capacity of 111 megawatts, enough to power about 52,000 Canadian homes and avoid approximately 179,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions each year. Our wind facilities are located in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Ontario. In addition, we have secured a number of sites for potential future wind and solar power projects that are in various stages of development, including the proposed Forty Mile Wind Power project located in southeast Alberta.

St. Clair ethanol plant

Suncor operates Canada's largest ethanol facility – the St. Clair ethanol plant in the Sarnia-Lambton region of Ontario. The plant opened in June 2006 and has a current production capacity of 400 million litres per year. Ethanol produced here is blended into Petro-Canada gasoline.

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Suncor's operations around the globe.
Suncor's operations around the globe.
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