Specific Challenges and Opportunities - Greehouse Gases

COSIA members are taking an integrated approach to improving environmental performance in the oil sands.

This means every effort is made to ensure activities aimed at improving performance in one EPA do not have a negative impact on any other EPA. For example, attempting to reduce fresh water use intensity could cause an increase in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, depending on which technologies are applied. In this way COSIA members need to develop a balanced, integrated approach to water management to ensure reductions in water use have a neutral or positive impact on GHGs as well as other EPA activities. COSIA’s GHG EPA is currently working on a portfolio of projects that will help reduce GHG emissions across oil sands operations, many of which will focus on water related processes and technologies.