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Oilsands companies introduce new Pathways Alliance

The Pathways Alliance is a combination of the Oil Sands Pathways To Net Zero Alliance, Canada's Oil Sands Innovation Alliance, and the Oil Sands Community Alliance. Image supplied by Canada's Oil Sands Innovation Alliance.

Oilsands companies have announced the combination of its three existing industry groups into the Pathways Alliance.

Formed on June 15, the organization combines the Oil Sands Pathways to Net Zero Alliance, Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance (COSIA), and the Oil Sands Community Alliance (OSCA).

One of its first moves was to appoint Kendall Dilling as its President.

Dilling, who previously served with Cenovus Energy as its Vice-President of Environment and Regulations, calls the new alliance “a more powerful and efficient organization”.

“I’m honoured to be a part of the team that will work with our member companies to demonstrate continued progress on our goals for responsible development, including achieving net zero greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) from oil sands production.”

COSIA remains a division within the Pathways Alliance with Wes Jickling as its leader as well as the organization’s Vice-President of Technology Development.

Since 2012, COSIA oversaw over 1100 shared innovations, which are worth more than $1.8-billion, designed to reduce the impact of oilsands development and reverse or stop environmental damage.

The group also appointed Mark Cameron as its Vice-President of External Relations.

Dilling said Pathways Alliance remains committed to reducing GHGs from oil sands production by 22-million tons each year by 2030, and ultimately net-zero emissions by 2050.

“We know Canadian ingenuity, leadership and collaboration can solve the climate challenge and the most effective way forward will come from new technologies. This new organization will enable our members to progress further faster.”

One of its plans is a carbon capture and storage network to capture carbon dioxide from oilsands facilities, and transport it to an underground storage facility near or at Cold Lake, Alta.

Pathways Alliance comprises of six member oilsands companies: Canadian Natural, Cenovus Energy, ConocoPhillips Canada, Imperial, MEG Energy and Suncor Energy.

These companies produce 95 per cent of the country’s oilsands production.