We held our third annual COSIA Performance Update at the end of last year. I and the EPA directors had the opportunity to showcase the ways our members are continuing to put their money (technology, knowledge and expertise) where their mouths are, proving once again that their commitment to environmental performance does not change with the price of oil.
A COSIA Newsletter
Issue 06 - Feb 2016
In this issue
- 2015 Delivery and Performance
- Tailings Environmental Priority Area Update
- Water Environmental Priority Area Update
- Land Environmental Priority Area Update
- GHG Environmental Priority Area Update
- Monitoring Priority Area Update
- Got an idea? Tell us about it!
- Accelerating clean innovation
- Heather Kaminsky wants to solve the tailings challenge
Jonathan Matthews, Director, Tailings Environmental Priority Area (EPA), discusses the importance of collaboration in refining the Tailings EPA’s current suite of technologies. In this issue’s Tailings case study, Shell explores a new technology that uses electric currents to dewater fluid fine tailings.
John Brogly, Director, Water Environmental Priority Area (EPA), talks about updating the gaps and opportunity areas for the EPA. This issue’s Water case study features Canadian Natural Resources Ltd.’s use of soft sensor technology to improve steam quality at in situ facility.
Jenna Dunlop, Director, Land Environmental Priority Area (EPA), discusses the collaborative work conducted across the Land and Tailings EPAs. In this issue’s Land case study, ConocoPhillips Canada is conducting a reclamation pilot on the soil stockpile of their Surmont in situ operations that will have both short- and long-term benefits.
Wayne Hillier, Director, Greenhouse Gases (GHG) Environmental Priority Area (EPA), reports on the work being done to identify promising new GHG technologies. In this issue’s GHG case study, the NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE is challenging the world to reimagine what we can do with CO2 emissions by incentivizing the development of technologies that convert carbon from those emissions into valuable products.
Kelly Munkittrick, Director, Monitoring Priority Area, discusses how Monitoring is working to reduce overlap and increase alignment across activities and programs to increase the efficiency of monitoring in the oil sands region.
COSIA’s members are seeking technologies, practical solutions, research and/ or technology ‘widgets’ that can help accelerate environmental performance improvement in Canada’s oil sands. The objective is to identify and assess ideas that could be potential solutions to our current and future technology gaps and opportunities. COSIA’s Environmental Technology Assessment Portal (E-TAP) allows individuals and organizations from anywhere in the world to offer solutions to current challenges.
Stewart Elgie, professor of law and economics at the University of Ottawa, founded Sustainable Prosperity, Canada’s major green economy think tank and policy-research network. Stewart moderated a series of presentations at the COSIA Innovation Summit about accelerating clean innovation by bringing together top Canadian and international experts from academia, government and industry
Heather Kaminsky’s career has been shaped by oil sands innovation and collaboration. Her passion lies in developing solutions to reduce the amount of fluid fine tailings at oil sands mining operations. As an employee of a member company, Heather understands the importance of COSIA in helping foster collaboration and innovation.
COSIA and its member companies host and participate in a number of events each year. Learn more about the events COSIA will be attending in 2016 including GLOBE, Propel and our own COSIA – AI-EES Water Conference and view the webcasts from the COSIA 2015 Performance Update and the BC Innovation Council’s Cleantech Innovation Challenge Workshop.