Report on Sustainability 2019

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This 2019 Report on Sustainability is also available as a fully comprehensive, downloadable PDF.

Our stand-alone Climate Report details our perspective on our energy future. New this year, this information has also been incorporated into our Report on Sustainability.

Mark Little; Executive Leadership Team (ELT); Executives; Suncor Energy Centre
Globally, we are beginning to transform our energy system towards a low-carbon economy. We believe Suncor has an important role to play in that transition and that innovation will be critical to our success.
Mark Little
president and chief executive officer
CEO's message

Economic impact


contributed in royalties and taxes for governments in 2018.

Supply-chain impact


Suncor spent $703 million with 83 Indigenous businesses in 2018, including 24 new suppliers.

Technology and innovation


Suncor invested approximately $635 million in 2018 in technology development and deployment and digital technologies to optimize current assets and develop next generation facilities.

Sustainability goals

Suncor’s sustainability goals reflect our focused efforts on strengthening relationships with Indigenous Peoples in Canada, and reducing our greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) intensity.

View of Olen Shipyard at night

Our approach to sustainability

“We’ve stepped forward and outperformed our peers in retaining confidence in our business model and I think a lot of that has to do with our longstanding commitment to sustainability as a core value and a key part of our business strategy.”

Eric Axford
chief sustainability officer

Full conversation

About our report and sustainability priorities

Suncor has reported our sustainability progress and performance for over two decades and this 2019 Report on Sustainability continues our approach to transparency.

We reviewed the most relevant sustainability priorities through an in depth materiality assessment. In the context used for this report, materiality reflects the relative significance of sustainability priorities and their impacts (both positive and negative) both to our business, and to stakeholders and Indigenous communities affected by our business.

Suncor's materiality matrix
Water monitoring at Suncor's Base Plant near Fort McMurray, Alberta

Indigenous relations

The trust and support of stakeholders and Indigenous communities are very important to Suncor and foundational to successful energy development.

Sunrise over Suncor's Wapisiw Lookout reclamation site in the Alberta's oil sands region.

Climate change

In today’s polarized world, constructive and solutions-focused conversations about climate change and our shared energy future are more essential than ever.

An employee checks the water clarity at Suncor Base Plant, near Fort McMurray, Alberta.

Water stewardship

Water is a shared and precious resource. Suncor’s integrated water management approach balances optimizing our water use practices with technological innovation to sustainably manage water.

An employee stands outside the Suncor refinery in  Edmonton, Alberta.

Operational reliability and safety

Suncor is committed to incident prevention and learning and continues to raise the bar to improve process safety and reliability performance.