CAPP Submission: Environmental Performance & Economic Competitiveness: Making Canada a Low Carbon Global Supplier of Choice

CAPP believes Ottawa’s planned CCUS tax-credit policy is a significant step forward in federal support for emissions-reducing technology and our climate goals. However, Canada not only was still behind competitors such as Norway and the U.S., but with the advent of the recently passed Inflation Reduction Act, (the Act) Canada’s position to not only reach our climate goals but also to be a global supplier of choice, is at risk if Canada’s policies do not compare to those in the U.S. While we appreciate this consultation is focused on design features of the proposed ITC, CAPP firmly believes it is the existing policy itself that requires re-assessment if Canada is to be a leader in CCUS project design and execution which is required to reach our climate reduction targets.

CAPP Response: Proposed Federal Options to Cap and Cut Oil and Gas Sector Greenhouse Gas Emissions to Achieve 2030 Goals and Net-Zero by 2050

Canada’s oil and natural gas industry is a constructive and solution-oriented partner, committed to leadership in emission reduction, energy security and affordability. Canadian producers have been an important part of Canada’s global leadership in emissions-reducing innovations and technologies. At this time of global uncertainty over energy security, our sector has a major role as secure suppliers of sustainable energy and as global leaders in emissions reduction.

Canada’s climate policies need to concurrently support effective environmental outcomes, prosperity, economic reconciliation, and global energy security. Producing lower-emission natural gas and oil will give Canada’s industry a global competitive advantage.

We share the objectives as outlined in the federal government’s discussion paper.

In addition, the industry also supports these additional goals for policy development:

  • Advance improved energy supply for countries in need, including energy security for Canadians.
  • Advance regional prosperity. Many regions of Canada depend on the sector, and the government’s policy approach must consider this critical regional role.
  • Ensure the policy provides flexibility to retain investment while working to decarbonize the industry.
  • Advance reconciliation, economic prosperity and partnership with Indigenous peoples.
  • Policy must support creation of jobs and business opportunities related to energy and climate solutions.
  • Advance carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) technology as a major emission reduction opportunity in several sectors, including improved incentives similar to those in the U.S

Letter: CAPP Initial Observations – Proposed Federal Options to Cap and Cut Oil and Gas Sector Greenhouse Gas Emissions

The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) is committed to environmental leadership and working to be a constructive and solution-oriented partner in addressing the triple challenge of emission reduction, energy security and affordability. Our members share the vision that lower emission energy systems are good for society.

Today, Canada is a global leader in emissions-reducing innovations and technologies and Canadian oil and natural gas producers have been an important part of this leadership. Our sector provides three quarters of all spending on clean technology development in the country which amounted to over three billion dollars in 2019. At this time of global uncertainty over energy security, our sector is playing a major role both as secure suppliers of sustainable energy and as global leaders in upstream GHG emissions reduction.

It is in this spirit that we provide initial comments on the federal government’s recent discussion paper on options to cap and cut oil and gas sector greenhouse gas emissions.

Letter: Canada’s crucial opportunity to support global energy security

We are pleased to continue to dialogue with you regarding our members’ commitments to provide clean, affordable, safe and secure energy to Canadians and the world at large. We agree wholeheartedly with the Prime Minister that, “protecting the environment and growing our economy go hand-in-hand,” and the upstream natural gas and oil industry shares the government’s commitment to reducing emissions and addressing global climate change. We believe that growing Canadian oil and natural gas exports is the solution to both reducing global emissions and enhancing energy security.

In this letter, we present the current global energy context including demand growth and security issues, and offer our position on how Canada’s responsibly produced oil and natural gas can play global roles in addressing both security and emissions.

CAPP’s Response to the Fisheries and Oceans Canada Blue Economy Strategy Engagement Paper

Canada is an ocean nation spanning vast areas from Canada’s Arctic regions, to the west coast of British Columbia and to Newfoundland and Labrador. All ocean users have a role to play in the stewardship of our ocean resources and to help Canada’s ocean-based economy strive towards a more sustainable future.

The Blue Economy Strategy (BES) is an opportunity to grow and modernize our ocean sectors in a sustainable way. Achieving success will take the time, innovation and hard work by all ocean resource users collectively to chart a successful path forward for generations to come.

CAPP welcomes the opportunity to provide feedback to the Government of Canada in response to Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO)’s BES Strategy Engagement Paper and the various consultation sessions CAPP staff and members attended, as part of the government’s stakeholder engagement process. This submission provides to DFO and its partners feedback on the important role of the Canadian offshore oil and gas industry as a pathway for growing Canada’s Blue Economy.

Bill C-15 (UNDRIP): Backgrounder

March, 2021

CAPP Supports an approach to implementing the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) in Canada that preserves and enhances opportunities for reconciliation, including economic, social and environmental benefits for Indigenous communities.

Letter: Legislation Implementing the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

December 3, 2020

The upstream oil and natural gas industry welcomes the federal government’s efforts to advance reconciliation including its effort to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) in Canada. In 2016, CAPP publicly endorsed the principles of UNDRIP as an important framework for reconciliation, and continues to support its implementation in a manner that is consistent with the Canadian constitution and law.

Letter: Supporting Recovery of the Canadian Economy

May 27, 2020

On behalf of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) and our member companies, we would like to thank the government for the actions it has taken to date during this health and economic crisis. Over the past three months our industry and the Government of Canada have worked together to ensure that essential services provided by our industry are available to Canadians and that adequate regulatory enforcement flexibility supports measures to protect the health and safety of the oil and natural gas workforce and the public. We also continue to collaborate on the development and roll out of critical liquidity tools, important to Canada’s upstream oil and gas industry and to the recovery of Canada’s economy.

Letter: Covid-19 Business Continuity Support, Newfoundland and Labrador

April 1, 2020

Last week, CAPP sent a letter to federal Ministers Freeland and O’Regan (attached) to ask that the Government of Canada designate the energy sector as “critical infrastructure” or an “essential service” and help advance discussions with the provinces on this key issue. The most important thing both levels of government can do to assist the offshore industry right now is to support our ongoing operations. Designating the oil and gas sector as “critical infrastructure” or an “essential service”, as appropriate within jurisdictional frameworks, would ensure that policies which are announced with the intent of restricting the spread of the virus do not have unintended impacts on our workforce, operations, and supply chains. Companies are taking appropriate measures to ensure workers remain safe in the context of COVID-19 offshore. Ensuring our industry can continue to operate is a top priority. We request this be taken into consideration for any emergency measures orders to enable the appropriate level of operations necessary to maintain energy supply, safe operations of facilities and mitigate adverse economic impacts for the province.