Human ingenuity: reimagining energy for our planet

We are an alliance of oil sands companies working with scientists, academics, and innovators to make Canadian energy part of a sustainable environment.

A catalyst for better environmental outcomes

From exciting new scientific discoveries to game-changing technologies (and everything in between), our focus is on innovation. Explore research, innovation opportunities and projects within our priority areas. Or, submit an idea for consideration.

What we're up to

Measuring the Value of Innovation

From the time COSIA was formed, we looked for ways to quantify the value of the member-driven innovation that was passing through…

Oil Sands Monitoring Program 101

Ole Mrklas is the Director of Monitoring at COSIA. He represents industry partners in the Oil Sands Monitoring (OSM) Program,…

Tailings 101: Understanding Tailings

Q: What are tailings? Tailings are the processed materials left over after open pit mining. They are a liquid mixture made up of…

The COSIA Innovation Model: Getting to Commercialization Faster

When COSIA was formed, we worked hard to define how we wanted to collaborate across our member companies. We knew the key to…

World Water Day is on March 22

What if industry could drive the development of new water treatment technologies for the oil sands further and faster with less…

Amphibious Vehicles in Land Restoration

COSIA member companies are working hard to protect caribou in northern Alberta by helping restore their habitat. Much of their…

Be part of the solution


Featured Innovation Opportunity


Climate change is one of the most significant issues of our time with scientific, societal, economic and political implications. Recognizing the importance of this issue, COSIA members are working hard to address the climate-related risks of their operations, while also meeting growing global energy demand and supporting economic development. 

Through the development and application of innovative technologies, COSIA is investigating new ways to reduce energy use and associated GHG emissions for oil sands ‘in situ’, meaning in place, and mining operations. Our latest area of focus calls on innovators, like you, to submit new ideas or technology on natural gas decarbonization to materially reduce oil sands GHG emissions. 



Collaborate with us

Our Environmental Technology Assessment Portal (E-TAP) provides an effective means to tap into the global environmental sector for solutions to current and future technology gaps and opportunities. If you have a technology idea you would like to submit on a non-confidential basis to COSIA for consideration then we invite you to submit your idea. 

XPRIZE: Converting carbon into everyday products

The $20-million NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE is a global competition to develop breakthrough technologies that will convert CO2 emissions into valuable products like building materials, alternative fuels and other items that we use every day.

A unique global alliance

Our membership is responsible for over 90 per cent of the oil sands produced in Canada. Our member companies have signed our Charter and support our vision

Our Associate Member Program allows those who share the COSIA Vision, but are not oil sands producers, to work with our members. 

Stay up-to-date

Our newsletter is another step towards ensuring this alliance is able to deliver on the shared vision of delivering accelerated improvement in environmental performance through collaborative action and innovation. Sign up to stay up-to-date on our progress and get the information you need to work with us.