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

Collaborative and Solutions-oriented

  • Given Canada’s climate commitments and industry impacts, CAPP will proactively collaborate with governments and stakeholders towards appropriate policy solutions.
  • Policy solutions need to be adaptive and carefully consider environmental, economic, and social outcomes.

Efficient, Effective & Predictable

  • Climate policy should target reductions where they are most efficient and effective right across the entire energy value chain from production to end use and considering fairly all sectors and jurisdictions.
  • Climate change policies should achieve emissions reductions at the least cost to Canadians, the economy and industry.
  • Revenues from climate policy should be fully recycled back into the economy to incent innovation, assist transition or reduce other taxes and levies.

Technology and Innovation focused

  • Policy should incent technology and innovation to address climate change, and capture the opportunity to export solutions to the world.
  • Considerable future emissions reductions will stem from improving the hydrocarbon energy sector requiring continuing strong innovation and policy effort in these areas.

Globally Competitive

  • Canada’s climate policies must ensure our resource development is cost and carbon competitive with other jurisdictions, especially the U.S. as our largest trading partner.
  • Canada’s climate policy leadership should bring proportionate benefits to Canada, including ensuring we receive full value for Canadian energy products through effective access to global markets.
  • Canada is highly dependent on the development and trade of its natural resources, and on its ability to attract foreign investment.  Canada’s climate policies must be designed to maintain our ability to raise global investment capital.

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.