Sustainability at Suncor

Performance index

Our sustainability performance data provides annual (January 1 to December 31) operational, environmental, economic, health and safety, and workforce data for 2019, with five-year performance trends where possible. Business segment or facility level information is also provided, where possible. Environmental performance indicators reflect assets operated by Suncor only, unless otherwise stated. Economic metrics are reported in a manner consistent with our 2019 Annual Report. Footnotes provide additional information for specific boundary conditions, changes in methodology, restatements, and definitions, where applicable, which can be found in the 2020 Report on Sustainability data download below.

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2020 Report on Sustainability Performance Data

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Indicators – Suncor company totals 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019

Operational performance

Total upstream and downstream production million m3/yr 48.24 44.71 48.53 53.95 55.85
Total upstream and downstream production million BOE/yr 303.42 281.22 305.24 339.33 351.28
Upstream processed volumes and net production million m3 OE/yr 27.29 24.23 27.22 34.19 36.00
Upstream processed volumes and net production million BOE/yr 171.65 152.40 171.21 215.05 226.40
Downstream net production million m3 refined product/yr 27.62 27.23 27.98 26.92 27.57
Downstream net production million BOE/yr 173.72 171.27 175.99 169.32 173.42
Ethanol production million litres of ethanol product/yr 417.91 414.39 407.80 402.00 399.57
Wind energy generated MWh 313,283 106,912 76,589 100,850 98,419

Greenhouse gas (GHG) and energy

GHG (Scope 1 and 2) emissions thousand tonnes CO2e 20,480 18,739 19,874 21,990 22,777
GHG (Scope 1) Emissions thousand tonnes CO2e 20,577 21,432
GHG (Scope 2) Emissions thousand tonnes CO2e 1,413 1,345
GHG emissions intensity kg/bbl 65 63 63 62 62
GHG (Scope 3) emissions thousand tonnes CO2e 1,549 1,623 1,881 1,525 1,607
Energy use million GJ 310.40 285.80 301.98 336.10 346.31
Direct energy use million GJ 301.00 276.00 287.89 328.30 340.33
Indirect energy use million GJ 9.78 10.02 14.08 7.78 5.98
Energy Intensity GJ/bbl 1.02 1.02 0.99 0.99 0.99
Low-carbon cogen power generation Million MWh 5.50 4.96 4.88 7.15 6.54
Low-carbon cogen power export Million MWh 3.03 2.76 2.33 3.69 3.33

Air emissions

SO2 emissions thousand tonnes 18.40 21.10 20.51 20.50 20.78
SO2 emissions intensity kg/bbl 0.06 0.07 0.07 0.06 0.06
NOx emissions thousand tonnes 27.90 24.90 26.64 33.29 36.98
NOx emissions intensity kg/bbl 0.09 0.09 0.09 0.10 0.11
VOC emissions thousand tonnes 21.10 19.50 23.14 25.96 21.30
VOC emissions intensity kg/bbl 0.07 0.07 0.08 0.08 0.06

Water use

Water withdrawal million m3 142.47 162.18 105.07 144.69 143.43
Surface water withdrawal million m3 118.92 124.78 74.90 106.88 110.99
Groundwater withdrawal million m3 2.72 2.51 2.26 3.13 3.92
Municipality/city/district water withdrawal million m3 4.27 4.22 4.20 4.12 4.16
Treated wastewater withdrawal million m3 1.51 1.37 1.60 1.52 1.74
Industrial run-off water withdrawal million m3 15.05 29.30 22.10 29.04 22.61
Water withdrawal intensity m3/m3 2.95 3.63 2.16 2.68 2.57
Water returned million m3 97.46 105.12 65.99 77.44 77.10
Water consumption million m3 45.33 57.19 39.07 67.24 66.33
Water consumption intensity m3/m3 0.94 1.28 0.81 1.25 1.19
Fresh water consumption million m3 35.90 36.80 22.40 46.52 55.60
Fresh water consumption intensity m3/m3 0.74 0.82 0.46 0.86 0.92

Land disturbance and reclamation

Total land disturbed cumulative hectares 23,757 23,613 23,960 33,772 34,525
Total land reclaimed cumulative hectares 2,154 2,140 2,239 2,621 2,795

Waste

Total waste generated thousand tonnes 2,391 2,148 2,123 2,487 2,420
Hazardous waste generated thousand tonnes 1,992 1,982 999 983 1,049
Hazardous waste incinerated thousand tonnes 2.38 3.60 3.54 4.14 3.46
Hazardous waste deep well injection thousand tonnes 1,980 1,963 985 958 1,010
Hazardous waste landfilled thousand tonnes 5.70 12.01 7.25 6.16 7.55
Hazardous waste otherwise disposed or treated thousand tonnes 4.09 3.15 3.27 15.04 28.22
Non-hazardous waste generated thousand tonnes 399 167 1,124 1,503 1,371
Non-hazardous waste incinerated thousand tonnes 1.56 0.69 0.09 0.17 0.02
Non-hazardous waste deep well injection thousand tonnes 0.80 0.87 986.85 1,315 1,174
Non-hazardous waste landfilled thousand tonnes 383 161 135 179 184
Non-hazardous waste otherwise disposed or treated thousand tonnes 13.92 4.27 1.62 9.71 13.08
Waste recycled, reused or recovered thousand tonnes 135.00 123.00 71.00 96.18 151.82

Environmental compliance

Environmental non-compliance # 5 4 8 7
Environmental regulatory fines thousand CND$ 275 413 282 113
Significant spills # 0 0 0 0

Economic

Revenues and other income $ millions 29,680 26,968 32,079 38,986 38,989
Operating, selling and general expense (OS&G) $ millions 8,607 9,150 9,245 10,573 11,244
Employee costs $ billions 3.30 3.40 3.20 3.30 3.60
Royalties and taxes paid $ millions 1,805 105 1,489 1,695 2,555
Distribution to shareholders $ millions 2,565 2,889 3,069 3,230 3,439
Economic value retained $ millions 16,677 14,789 18,249 23,488 21,751
Enterprise value $ billions 67 89 89 76 81
Capital and exploration expenditures $ millions 6,667 6,582 6,551 5,406 5,558
Political donations $ thousands 15 3 0 0 0
Purchases of goods and services $ billions 12.80 11.91 11.64 10.64 9.90
Total Indigenous supplier-spend $ millions 599 445 521 703 836
Indigenous supplier-spend direct $ millions 593 428 497 628 804
Indigenous supplier-spend indirect $ millions 6 17 24 21 32

Community investments

Total contributions to charitable, non-charitable and community groups $ thousands 26,346 33,800 26,557 28,980 33,102
Value of cash donations $ thousands 24,425 22,843 25,466 27,843 32,747
Value of time donations $ thousands 408 83 800 161 160
Value of in-kind donations $ thousands 382 10,873 291 1,137 187
Value of management cost donations $ thousands 988 953 994 1,143 1,378
Value of external resources leveraged $ thousands 143 744 232 945 786
Suncor's donation to the Suncor Energy Foundation (SEF) $ thousands 4,500 10,164 16,600 18,455 20,255
Suncor Energy Foundation (SEF) donations $ thousands 16,055 14,881 16,649 15,817 15,143
SunCares Employee Program
Employee perticipation % 27 26 29
Organizations supported # 1,271 1,377 1,501
Value of Suncor and SEF donations $ thousands 1,668 2,822 2,660
Value of employee personal donations $ thousands 1,313 2,719 3,138
Volunteer hours # 80,706 73,259 96,067

Health and safety

Total lost-time injury frequency # per 200,000 hours worked 0.04 0.04 0.03 0.03 0.04
Employee lost-time injury frequency # per 200,000 hours worked 0.05 0.04 0.03 0.02 0.06
Contractor lost-time injury frequency # per 200,000 hours worked 0.04 0.05 0.04 0.03 0.03
Total recordable injury frequency # per 200,000 hours worked 0.45 0.33 0.40 0.37 0.39
Employee recordable injury frequency # per 200,000 hours worked 0.27 0.27 0.30 0.29 0.39
Contractor recordable injury frequency # per 200,000 hours worked 0.56 0.36 0.45 0.41 0.41
Fatalities # 0 0 1 0 1
Tier 1 and 2 Loss of Primary Containment Events # 180 87 46 45 38

Workforce

Suncor employees # 13,235 13,243 12,649 12,626 13,718
Full-time employees # 13,042 12,888 12,389 12,317 13,004
Part-time employees # 97 121 111 98 97
Temporary/casual employees # 96 252 149 211 617
Long-term contractors # 2,663 757 809 559 2,216
Unionized workforce % 34.50 34.60 32.80 33.20 31.62
Women % 23.40 24.50 23.80 23.20 24.73
Men % 75.70 75.50 76.20 76.80 75.27
Indigenous Peoples % 1.60 1.90 3.00 3.10 3.24
Visible minorities % 10.30 12.60 14.70 12.60 11.79
Persons with disabilities % 0.50 0.80 0.70 0.70 0.73
Women in management % 24 29 27 28 34
New employee hires
Male new employee hires % 70.70 77.00 76.90 69.70 73.01
Female new employee hires % 29.30 23.00 23.10 30.30 26.99
Employee turnover % 7.60 7.00 5.80 6.00 4.76
Male employee turnover % 6.50 6.40 5.40 5.80 4.37
Female employee turnover % 11.30 8.90 7.10 6.80 5.11
Percentage of basic salary % 97
Management % 96
Individual contributor % 97
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