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.

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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

Sometimes nature does it best

At Imperial’s Kearl project, there’s a corner of the oil sands mine property where grasses and bulrushes grow thick and tall in…

We can build wetlands, now what?

A new research chair at the University of Calgary is poised to help oil sands companies measure the success of wetland…

Bugs Help Vegetation Grow on Tailings

Harnessing the power of the brightest minds is the key to driving innovation forward. So, when Victoria Collins, a microbiologist…

Rounding up CO2: a circular economy 

What if instead of disposing of goods, we could bring them back to their base components and then turn them into other products?…

Water Management 101: Using water wisely

Q: How is water used in the oil sands? Water is used for a variety of purposes in the oil sands, including for drilling, utility…

Young women driving the future

In recognition of International Women’s Day, March 8, 2021, COSIA profiles Samantha Heigl, a Program Coordinator on COSIA’s…

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Featured Innovation Opportunity

Reducing Seismic Explorations Footprint

COSIA has partnered with Foresight Cleantech Accelerator Centre to launch an open innovation competition, seeking seismic exploration technologies that reduce the environmental impacts of oil sands exploration. Funded by Alberta Innovates, the competition features the ongoing COSIA Land Challenge—Reducing Seismic Exploration’s Footprint. 

The competition is looking for ways to reduce boreal forest disturbance from seismic oil sands exploration while maintaining seismic data quality to ensure safe and effective development of oil sands resources. Intakes for the competition will be open from February 2 to April 1, 2021. A total of $15,000 cash will be awarded to the winners.

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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

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