Climate Change

Climate change is an important global issue, requiring action across industries and around the globe.

Rigorous Carbon Policy

Greenhouse gases (GHG) from human activities are a significant contributor to climate change. The challenge is how to reduce GHG emissions while demand for energy – and the amount of energy the world is consuming – is growing.

Carbon policy is addressed in Canada by both the provincial and federal governments. Find out more:

We are ready and willing to do our part to contribute to the overall Canadian plan on climate change. Count Us In.

Global GHG Emissions vs Canada's GHG Emissions

CAPP's Climate Change Policy Principles

Balanced "3E" policy should deliver Economic growth, Environmental protection, and a secure and reliable Energy supply.

Policy should be designed to drive efficient actions required to achieve emission objectives. 

Policy should stimulate investment in the technologies necessary for significant reductions in GHG emissions in Canada. 

Predictability and stability 
Predictable policy built on stable principles should support long term capital investments in the upstream oil and gas sector and create jobs for Canadians. 

Policy should maintain competitiveness of Canadian industry, ensure compatibility with major trading and economic partners (particularly with the U.S., our largest trading partner), and compliance should be achievable within the context of growing production. 

Distributional fairness 
Policy should distribute cost burden equitably among sectors and jurisdictions across the economy. 

Policy should be harmonized across jurisdictions within Canada, to an extent that is both reasonable and practical. 

Administrative simplicity 
Policy should be simple and minimize the administrative burden on industry to the greatest extent possible.

Members in Action

Our industry is actively working to reduce GHG emissions through project design, operational excellence, innovation and technology. Work is in progress on a variety of new technologies to increase energy efficiency, lower GHG emissions, and capture and store CO2.

Canada's Oil Sands Innovation Alliance

Through Canada's Oil Sands Innovation Alliance (COSIA), there are a number of initiatives underway, examples of which include:

  • Vacuum Insulated Tubing: Insulated tubing in wells reduces heat loss in steam assisted gravity drainage (SAGD) operations, requiring less steam, and therefore making wells more efficient.
  • Gas-Turbine Once Through Steam Generator: A fit-for-purpose co-generation technology that produces electricity at the same time as producing steam that has the potential to reduce operators' reliance on electricity from the Alberta power grid, which may result in a net reduction in carbon intensity per-barrel of product.