Oil Sands Today

Canada’s Energy

The oil sands are a powerful source of Canadian energy. Moving us. Heating us. Creating jobs. Helping pay for public services. Energy from the oil sands happens because of the human energy and innovation that goes into it. People striving to do better while working to reduce impact on the environment. That’s as Canadian as it gets.


GHG Emissions

Canada’s oil sands industry continues to reduce GHG emissions intensity. 


  • Oil sands account for 8.7% of Canada’s GHG emissions and just over 0.13% of global GHG emissions. Source: Environment Canada 2013 and United Nations Statistical Division.
  • Canada, with 0.5% of the world’s population, produces 2% of GHG emissions.
  • On a full cycle basis, about 30% of oil-related GHG emissions come from exploration and production.
  • On a full cycle basis, about 70% of oil-related emissions come from combustion - including automobile exhaust. Oil sands crude has similar CO2 emissions to other heavy oils and is 9% more intensive than the U.S. crude supply average on a wells-to-wheels basis. “Wells-to-wheels” measures CO2 emissions from the start of oil production through to combustion.


Learn more about the industry progress to lower GHG emissions.

STT Enviro Corp: Storage Tank Innovation for the Oil Sands