Our Vision: To enable responsible and sustainable growth of Canada’s oil sands while delivering accelerated improvement in environmental performance through collaborative action and innovation.
Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance (COSIA) is an alliance of oil sands producers focused on accelerating the pace of improvement in environmental performance in Canada’s oil sands through collaborative action and innovation.
The alliance was launched March 1, 2012 when representatives of 13 companies came together in Calgary to sign the COSIA charter, signifying their agreement with COSIA’s vision, their support of our alliance’s beliefs, and their pledge to uphold the commitments put forward in the charter.
We bring together leading thinkers from industry, government, academia and the wider public to improve measurement, accountability and environmental performance in the oil sands in four priority areas. These four Environmental Priority Areas (EPAs) are greenhouse gases, land, water and tailings.
We take innovation and environmental performance in the oil sands to the next level.
We accomplish this through a continued focus on collaboration and transparent exchange, by setting environmental performance goals and reporting publicly on progress towards these goals. Progress towards these goals will be achieved by breaking down barriers to innovation, and by identifying, developing and applying solutions-oriented innovation to the most pressing oil sands environmental challenges.
To date, COSIA member companies have shared 936 distinct technologies and innovations that cost almost $1.33 billion to develop. These numbers are increasing as the alliance matures and expands. Through this sharing of innovation and application of new technologies, members can accelerate the pace of environmental performance improvements.