Report on Sustainability 2019

UN sustainable development goals

Suncor supports the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and shares the view that businesses have a key role to play in the implementation of these goals.

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) define global development priorities for 2030. They address the global challenges including those related to poverty, inequality, climate, environmental degradation, prosperity, and peace and justice, and are a reflection of an integrated conversation on sustainability. The objective is for businesses, governments and civil society to co-operate and collaborate on a defined set of targets to drive meaningful change.

We recognize Suncor’s business activities can have both a positive and a negative impact on the SDGs. We also learned that through our initiatives and activities our work contributes to all 17 goals.

In 2018, we mapped the SDGs across our business to better understand:

  • what our positive contributions are
  • where we can minimize our negative impacts
  • opportunities to collaborate with others for solutions
  • areas to maximize value over the short, medium and long-term for a positive contribution

Suncor’s contributions in action

The following are examples of how Suncor is taking action on a select number of the SDGs.

UN Global Goal: Gender Equality

Goal 5: Gender Equality

Achieve gender equality and empower women and girls

  • inclusion and diversity strategies and action plans across the enterprise
  • unconcious bias training to provide learning opportunities to eliminate bias and increase cultural competency
  • partnering with Women Building Futures on a program to train women in heavy industrial trades to increase their participation in the workforce
UN Global Goal: Clean water and sanitation

Goal 6: Clean water and sanitation

Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all

  • partnering with Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance (COSIA) to achieve the COSIA water goals, and to generate water-related technologies and innovative ideas targeting efficiency improvements across the oil and gas industry
  • sourcing recycled wastewater for use at our Edmonton refinery from the Gold Bar Wastewater Treatment plant
  • implementation of a $65 million upgrade to our existing wastewater treatment facility at our Commerce City, CO. refinery to leverage membrane ultrafiltration technology to treat and filter water
UN Global Goal: Affordable and Clean Energy

Goal 7: Affordable and clean energy

Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all

  • advancing a portfolio of technologies to lower the carbon intensity of producing bitumen and improve cost competitiveness
  • our renewable power portfolio, including a partnership with Aamjiwnaang First Nation in the Adelaide Wind Power Project near Sarnia, Ontario
  • using cogeneration, a carbon-efficient form of base load power generation at our oil sands facilities, and exporting excess low-carbon electricity to the Alberta provincial grid
  • investing in biofuels, including the largest ethanol facility in Canada and investments in biofuel technologies
UN Global Goal: Decent Work and Economic Growth

Goal 8: Decent work and economic growth

Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all

  • partnering with companies and organizations such as Evok Innovations, COSIA and Clean Resource Innovations Network (CRIN) to promote and support the growing ecosystem of entrepreneurship focused on clean energy research and technology solutions
  • implementing Suncor’s social goal to partner with Indigenous businesses and communities, including:
    • an equity partnership in the East Tank Farm Development with Mikisew Cree First Nation and Fort McKay First Nation in northern Alberta
    • an equity partnership in PetroNor, a distributor of petroleum products owned and operated by the James Bay Cree First Nation in Quebec
  • supporting organizations who share our vision in developing skills and ensuring career success for youth, women, and Indigenous communities, such as Keyano College
UN Global Goal: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

Goal 9: Industry, innovation and infrastructure

Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation

  • partnering with COSIA to develop the Alberta Carbon Conversion Technology Centre, a test facility for initiatives such as the NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE
  • being a CRIN member, an organization which focuses on creating connections for our resource sector, to advance technologies for use in Canada and global markets
  • participating in Energy Futures Lab, which aims to strengthen Alberta and Canada’s position as a global energy leader and Engineering Change Lab, a collaborative platform for stewarding the application of science and technology
UN Global Goal: Responsible Consumption and Production

Goal 12: Responsible consumption and production

Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

  • developing a supply chain sustainability strategy to accelerate progress on the environmental and social impacts of our procurement decisions
  • investments in businesses such as Enerkem Inc., a company which manufactures biofuels and renewable chemical products from household garbage that would otherwise be landfilled
  • launching Canada’s first coast-to-coast electric charging network through our Petro-Canada stations
  • partnering with Titan Tire Reclamation Corporation and the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation (ACFN) on an innovative solution to recycle scrap industrial mining tires
UN Global Goal: Climate Action

Goal 13: Climate action

Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

Our approach to sustainability continues to contribute directly and indirectly to the UN 2030 agenda. We look for partnership opportunities to deliver change at scale. We are committed to supporting a number of aligned initiatives, including:

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