Sustainability at Suncor

Performance index

Our sustainability performance data provides annual (Jan. 1 to Dec. 31) environment, social and governance data for 2020, with five-year performance trends where possible. Data reflects assets owned and operated by Suncor unless otherwise stated. Not all data is consistent with our 2020 Annual Report due different reporting boundaries. Footnotes provide additional information for specific boundary conditions, changes in methodology, restatements, and definitions, where applicable, which can be found in the 2021 Report on Sustainability data download below.

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Detailed information on our 2020 performance can be downloaded below.

2021 Report on Sustainability Performance Data

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Indicators – Suncor company totals 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020

Operational performance

Total upstream and downstream production million m3/yr 44.71 48.53 53.95 55.85 47.54
Total upstream and downstream production million BOE/yr 281.22 305.24 339.33 351.28 299.02
Upstream processed volumes and net production million m3 OE/yr 24.23 27.22 34.19 36.00 28.80
Upstream processed volumes and net production million BOE/yr 152.40 171.21 215.05 226.40 181.15
Downstream net production million m3 refined product/yr 27.23 27.98 26.92 27.57 25.25
Downstream net production million BOE/yr 171.27 175.99 169.32 173.42 158.81
Ethanol production million litres of ethanol product/yr 414.39 407.80 402.00 399.57 335.95
Wind energy generated MWh 106,912 76,589 100,850 98,419 96,952

Greenhouse gas (GHG) and energy

GHG (Scope 1 and 2) emissions thousand tonnes CO2e 18,739 19,874 21,990 22,722 20,856
Operated total GHG emissions intensity kg/BOE 63 63 62 62 66
Operated total GHG emissions intensity g/MJ 10.5 10.3 10.0 10.1 10.9
Equity total GHG (Scope 1 and 2) emissions thousand tonnes CO2e 24,783 25,945 27,997 28,997 27,703
Equity total GHG emissions intensity kg/BOE 64 64 68 68 71
Equity total GHG emissions intensity g/MJ 10.8 10.7 11.2 11.2 11.7
GHG (Scope 3) emissions thousand tonnes CO2e - - - - 122,900
Energy use million GJ 285.80 301.98 336.10 346.31 320.05
Energy Intensity GJ/BOE 1.02 0.99 0.99 0.99 1.07

Air emissions

SO2 emissions thousand tonnes 21.10 20.51 20.50 20.78 21.93
SO2 emissions intensity kg/BOE 0.07 0.07 0.06 0.06 0.07
NOx emissions thousand tonnes 24.90 26.64 33.29 36.98 33.66
NOx emissions intensity kg/BOE 0.09 0.09 0.10 0.11 0.11
VOC emissions thousand tonnes 19.50 23.14 25.96 21.30 22.55
VOC emissions intensity kg/BOE 0.07 0.08 0.08 0.06 0.08
PM10 emissions thousand tonnes - - - 2.60 2.39
H2S emissions thousand tonnes - - - 0.05 0.04

Water use

Water withdrawal million m3 162.18 105.07 144.69 143.43 133.96
Water withdrawal intensity m3/BOE 0.58 0.35 0.43 0.41 0.45
Water returned million m3 105.12 65.99 77.44 77.10 77.35
Water consumption million m3 57.19 39.07 67.24 66.33 56.61
Water consumption intensity m3/BOE 0.20 0.13 0.20 0.19 0.19
Fresh water consumption million m3 36.80 22.40 46.52 51.60 31.04
Fresh water consumption intensity m3/BOE 0.13 0.07 0.14 0.15 0.10

Land disturbance and reclamation

Total land disturbed cumulative hectares 23,613 23,960 33,772 34,525 34,993
Total land reclaimed cumulative hectares 2,140 2,239 2,621 2,795 2,850

Waste

Total waste generated thousand tonnes 2,148 2,123 2,487 2,420 2,683
Hazardous waste generated thousand tonnes 1,982 999 983 1,049 1,006
Non-hazardous waste generated thousand tonnes 167 1,124 1,503 1,371 1,676
Waste recycled, reused or recovered thousand tonnes 123.00 71.00 96.18 151.82 82.37

Environmental compliance

Environmental non-compliance # 5 5 9 9 4
Environmental regulatory fines thousand CND$ 275 413 282 113 5,439
Significant spills # 0 0 0 0 0

Economic

Revenues and other income $ millions 26,968 32,079 38,986 38,989 25,052
Operating, selling and general expense (OS&G) $ millions 9,150 9,245 10,573 11,244 9,927
Employee costs $ billions 3.40 3.20 3.30 3.60 2.80
Royalties and taxes paid $ millions 105 1,489 1,695 2,555 933
Distribution to shareholders and bondholders $ millions 2,889 3,069 3,230 3,439 2,554
Economic value retained $ millions 14,789 18,249 23,488 21,751 11,638
Enterprise value $ billions 89 89 76 81 52
Capital and exploration expenditures $ millions 6,582 6,551 5,406 5,558 3,926
Political donations $ thousands 3 0 0 0 0

Supply chain

Total supplier base # 8,463 7,997 6,497 5,768 4,870
Indigenous supplier base # 58 55 85 88 104
Purchases of goods and services $ billions 11.91 11.64 10.62 9.90 8.60
Total Indigenous supplier-spend $ millions 445 521 703 836 911

Community investments

Total contributions to charitable, non-charitable and community groups $ thousands 33,800 26,557 28,980 33,102 36,278
Suncor's donation to the Suncor Energy Foundation (SEF) $ thousands 10,164 16,600 18,455 20,255 19,000
Suncor Energy Foundation (SEF) donations $ thousands 14,881 16,649 15,817 15,143 17,637
SunCares Employee Program  
Employee participation % - 27 26 29 34
Organizations supported # - 1,271 1,377 1,501 1,935
Value of Suncor and SEF donations $ thousands - 1,668 2,822 2,660 2,954
Value of employee personal donations $ thousands - 1,313 2,719 3,138 2,802
Volunteer hours # - 80,706 73,259 96,067 73,979

Health and safety

Total lost-time injury frequency # per 200,000 hours worked 0.04 0.03 0.03 0.04 0.04
Total recordable injury frequency # per 200,000 hours worked 0.33 0.40 0.37 0.39 0.32
Serious injury and fatality # (actual) 4 1 1 1 1
Fatalities # 0 1 0 1 2
Tier 1 and 2 Loss of Primary Containment Events # 87 46 45 39 38

Workforce

Suncor employees # 13,243 12,649 12,626 13,483 13,035
Long-term contractors # 757 809 559 534 235
Unionized workforce % 34.60 32.80 33.20 31.58 31.78
New employee hires % 5.10 7.70 7.70 8.25 3.34
Employee turnover % 7.00 5.80 6.00 4.76 4.60

Diversity

All Employees
Women % 24.50 23.80 23.20 24.58 23.71
Men % 75.50 76.20 76.80 75.27 76.15
Indigenous Peoples % 1.90 3.00 3.10 3.27 3.40
Visible minorities % 12.60 14.70 12.60 11.81 12.88
Persons with disabilities % 0.82 0.68 0.67 0.74 0.76
Age less than 30 % 11.32 8.81 7.96 8.48 7.53
Age 30-50 % 61.96 63.92 64.26 65.82 65.71
Age greater than 50 % 26.71 26.10 26.11 25.56 26.77
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