GHG Environmental Priority Area Update

COSIA In Space

Imperial Oil is literally going out of this world to explore a new technology with the potential to improve environmental performance in the oil sands.

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Wayne Hillier

Wayne Hillier
Director, Greenhouse Gases EPA

For the GHG EPA, the first COSIA Innovation Summit was the big highlight of the year so far. The GHG stream of the conference differed somewhat from the other EPA’s, in that the presentations and posters were about 50 per cent member projects and 50 per cent projects from external innovators.

I was really impressed with the number and quality of the abstracts submitted and with the ones our EPA members chose to be featured at the conference. For us though, the work doesn’t end now that the conference is over. We’ll be taking those abstracts and distributing them to our newly formed technology working groups. They will look into which of these technologies and projects should be pursued.

These technology working groups are going to change how work is done within the EPA. Right now, decisions about what technologies to explore and pursue are made by all members of the EPA at the Steering Committee level. By separating into smaller, more nimble working groups that are aligned with our Opportunity Areas and Gaps, and based on company interest, expertise and capacity, we’ll be able to assess and launch technologies faster and more efficiently.

Just like our Steering Committee, we want our working groups to look at launching projects and technologies strategically, so that we have plans and next steps to develop these technologies now and well into the future. To do this, we will be structuring our upcoming Strategic Offsite meeting around these new working groups, assessing our project portfolio and direction in relation to each. We’ll also be creating multi-year plans for each working group and incorporating them into our larger GHG EPA Multi-year Plan.