Greenhouse Gases

Scope Inclusions

The GHG EPA Scope shall encompass and be limited to the avoidance and reduction of GHG Emissions with respect to the following:

  • Above-ground equipment or Facilities in respect of In situ, Mining and Extraction and Upgraders;
  • Subsurface equipment or Facilities that are:
    • Outside the bitumen bearing deposit; or
    • The well-bore, or equipment or Facilities within the well-bore, within the bitumen bearing deposit, where the bitumen bearing deposit is defined in the applicable ERCB approvals, ended from time to time;
      • Alternative energy;
      • Carbon capture and storage;
      • CO2 utilization;
      • Criteria air contaminants control equipment;
      • Fired heaters;
      • Flaring and venting;
      • Fuel type and its use, including formulations and additives;
      • Fugitive emissions;
      • Heat exchangers;
      • Land use changes and carbon sinks;
      • Steam generation;
      • Tailings;
      • Transportation; and
      • Utilities, including cogeneration facilities.

The EPA Scope shall also include the following improvement opportunity areas:

  • Best practices;
  • Design;
  • Energy efficiency;
  • Measurement, monitoring and verification;
  • Performance metrics;
  • Regional opportunities;
  • Technology; and
  • The reduction of energy losses.
  • CO2 utilization in respect of commercialization as it pertains to saleable chemicals or its use as a solvent or working fluid for the purpose of Enhanced Oil Recovery or Enhanced Gas Recovery;
  • Fuel type formulations and additives in existence on or prior to the effective date;
  • Lubricants and greases;
  • Those aspects of In situ processes, procedures, designs or activities, including equipment or facilities, where the primary operating objective is upgrading or the recovery of petroleum substances, including from wells, formation heating, solvent injection and recovery or diluents injection and recovery; and
  • Those aspects of mining and extraction or upgrading processes, procedures, designs or activities, including equipment or facilities, where the primary operating objective is:
    • Ore sizing;
    • Ore preparation, including ore conditioning and hydro-transport;
    • Separating petroleum substances from oil sands, emulsion or slurry;
    • Froth treatment;
    • Solvent or diluent recovery;
    • The conversion of petroleum substances into lighter hydrocarbon products and the hydro-treating of such lighter hydrocarbon products;
    • The use of catalysts and catalyst conversion chemicals for upgrading and hydro-treating processes;
    • The production of hydrogen; or
    • The production of sulphur products.