Our staff regularly engage with a number of organizations and groups, as well as actively participate in industry-wide initiatives. These include:
Oil Sands Community Alliance
The Oil Sands Community Alliance is a non-profit, industry-funded association that works to foster responsible oil sands development. Syncrude provides leadership to the alliance at the Board and Committee level to identity, advocate and champion solutions on various issues related to the regional impacts of oil sands development. This alliance was formely the Oil Sands Developers Group (OSDG).
Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP)
The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) is the voice of Canada’s upstream oil, oil sands and natural gas industry. It works to enhance the economic sustainability of the Canadian upstream petroleum industry in a safe and environmentally and socially responsible manner, through constructive engagement and communication with governments, the public and stakeholders in the communities in which we operate.
Mining Association of Canada
The Mining Association of Canada (MAC) works to ensure the continued strength and sustainability of Canada’s mining industry by representing a broad array of organizations spanning many sectors, either directly or indirectly associated with mining and mineral processing.
MAC executes much of its work through committees comprising functional experts from across the mining industry. They provide oversight and governance that guide mining-related policy and support continued innovation and alignment around programs such as the Towards Sustainable Mining (TSM) responsible development initiative.
Wood Buffalo Environmental Association (WBEA)
The Wood Buffalo Environmental Association (WBEA) ensures air quality in the local region is understood, and that appropriate monitoring, reporting and management actions are identified. Membership is comprised of government, NGO, Aboriginal, community and industry stakeholders. WBEA also operates the Southern Wood Buffalo Air Monitoring Zone under the auspices of the Alberta Clean Air Strategic Alliance. The association operates 15 continuous and 20 passive air quality monitoring stations throughout the region.
Regional Aquatic Monitoring Program (RAMP)
This program conducts monitoring of surface waters. It provides the region's oil sands industry with the data required to understand aquatic issues and a solid baseline against which to compare future trends. Currently a collaboration of oil sands mine operators, the program will be augmented with a broader consultation of stakeholders.
Cumulative Environmental Management Association (CEMA)
Syncrude is a founding member of this group, which was established in 2000 to develop management systems to monitor and reduce the long-term impacts stemming from industrial development. CEMA’s members include stakeholders from industry, government, Aboriginal and environmental organizations. The provincial government implements CEMA’s recommendations through its regulatory processes. Funding is provided by regional oil sands developers.