Emerging technologies important part of plan to reduce emissions

The Pathways Alliance has released a list of innovative technologies that it plans to progress to reduce emissions from oil sands operations. These emerging technologies encompass a broad spectrum of work, everything from supplementing the diesel that powers mine haul trucks with electricity, to exploring the potential of zero emission geothermal energy to heat water used in…

Once Pathways Alliance companies can demonstrate that the new technologies and approaches work efficiently, their deployment will have a big impact on emissions reduction in the oil sands—and could be widely applied in other industries in Canada and abroad.

Pathways Alliance members, six oil sands companies that represent about 95 per cent of Canada’s oil sands production, recognize that no single technology will solve the entire emissions challenge. “Leading-edge technology is one of the most important tools we possess to unlock new approaches to significantly reduce carbon dioxide (CO₂) emissions on a global scale, but a range of solutions is required,” said Kendall Dilling, president of the Pathways Alliance. Partnerships and collaboration is essential to accelerate the time it takes to bring these new technologies to commercial deployment, he said.

Developing innovation is a huge undertaking that requires a lot of science, energy and money, and Pathways Alliance members are building on existing relationships and forming new ones with a wide range of partners to realize next generation clean technologies. These include leading academic institutions, world-renowned research facilities, innovation incubators and other organizations in the innovation ecosystem, and governments. Through collaboration they can achieve industry’s goal to reduce absolute emissions by 22 million tonnes by 2030 and to net zero by 2050.

The technologies prioritized for collaboration and acceleration through Pathways Alliance include:

The Pathways technology development plan also includes work on other key technologies needed to achieve net zero by 2050 including:

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