Analysis Ranking   Issue Actions Expected Results
High Land use and Biodiversity:
Healthy ecosystems and productive landscapes
  • Ability to meet evolving expectations, standards and regulations to protect against biodiversity loss and cumulative effects, and reclaim land successfully.
  • Accelerate pace of land reclamation, including over 200 hectares and one million trees in 2012.
  • Complete planting of vegetation at fen research project in 2012.
  • Continue collaborative research on reclamation and biodiversity with other oil sands operators, government and academia.
  • Seek ongoing guidance from Aboriginal Elders.
  • Implement industry-leading waterfowl deterrent systems and research additional technologies.
  • Land reclamation progress and productivity consistent with closure plans, and endorsed by stakeholders and regulators.
  • Model established for reclamation of wetlands in oil sands region.
  • Reduced impacts to indigenous and migrating wildlife.
  • No long-term, permanent impacts on local ecosystems.
High Water:
Protect & conserve water
  • Continued access to water resources and protection of resource quality.
  • Continue to identify opportunities to reuse and recycle more water.
  • Research viable treatment technologies for re-use or potential discharge of process water.
  • Support science-based water quality monitoring.
  • Optimized and responsible use of fresh water resources.
  • No impacts on local water systems or water-dependent communities.
High Tailings:
Develop and implement solutions
  • Ability to remediate tailings and address stakeholder concerns regarding long-term liabilities.
  • Manage volumes of fluid fine tailings (FFT) by using new technologies, including start-up of commercial-scale centrifuge demonstration in 2012.
  • Continue research of additional remediation technologies, including accelerated dewatering, and participate in industry collaboration.
  • Commission industry's first commercial-scale demonstration of water capping technology in 2012.
  • A multi-pronged approach to tailings management and reclamation which meets long-term intent of Directive 074 regulation.
  • Successful reclamation of East Mine area with composite tailings as the landform foundation.
  • Successful reclamation of West Mine area into a lake through water capping of fluid fine tailings (FFT).
High Aboriginal Relations:
Respectful and mutually beneficial relationships
  • Relationship-building and effective understanding and management of concerns related to the impacts of our project.
  • Continue focus on six key commitment areas of our Aboriginal Relations program:
    • Corporate Leadership
    • Employment
    • Business Development
    • Education
    • Community Development
    • Environment
  • Continue dialogue and cooperation on operations, environmental stewardship and development plans.
  • Increased secondary and post-secondary graduation rates.
  • Increased Aboriginal representation in the workforce.
  • Continued development of Aboriginal businesses.
  • Traditional environmental knowledge incorporated into reclamation plans.
High Regulatory and Government Relations:
Earning approval
  • Impact of emerging and potential regulations on operations.
  • Finalize regulatory strategies for reclamation plans, water return and possible future expansion projects.
  • Monitor evolving regulations, such as those related to greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Plans that meet with approval from regulators.
Medium Employment and Labour:
Job opportunities and rewarding careers
  • Quality and quantity of workforce needed to support ongoing operations and future growth.
  • Create and support strategic awareness, education and training programs.
  • Implement workforce attraction and retention strategies.
  • Provide supportive work environment.
  • Implement strategic workforce reorganization over 2012-14 timeframe.
  • Workforce sustainability through awareness, education and training initiatives that create qualified new employees, retain current employees, and provide stable access to skilled labour.
Medium Community:
Infrastructure that supports quality of life
  • Ability of local community to build infrastructure and provide services and amenities for a growing population.
  • Continued work with regional associations and governments to create public infrastructure and services needed to support a growing local community.
  • Ongoing investments in our communities, including $6 million in 2012.
  • Appropriate infrastructure for health, education, roads and recreation.
  • Enjoyable quality of life in the Wood Buffalo region.
Medium Air Quality:
Protecting the regional airshed
  • Impacts of emissions on regional air shed and local communities.
  • $1.6 billion emissions reduction project operating by 2012.
  • Minimize odours through reliable operations.
  • Continue to support regional air quality monitoring.
  • Reduction in total SO2 emissions by 60% from current approved levels and reduction in particulate matter by 50% when Emissions Reduction Project is operating to specification.
  • No odour complaints attributable to Syncrude operations.
  • Increased stakeholder confidence in our ability to operate responsibly.
  • Continued good regional air quality.
Medium Energy and Climate Change:
Minimize growth in GHG emissions
  • Balancing societal expectations and growing energy needs.
  • Achieve 2012 energy efficiency target of 1.24 MBTU per barrel.
  • Explore energy efficiency improvements at all levels of the operation.
  • Research technology that will improve energy efficiency for future projects.
  • Continue to monitor viability of large-scale carbon capture and storage.
  • Continued reduction in energy use per barrel of production.
  • Further reductions in emissions of CO2e per barrel of production.
Medium Safety and Health:
Injury-free workplace
  • Minimizing worker and process safety incidents.
  • Demonstrate year-over-year improvement in safety performance.
  • Continue implementation of Operations Integrity Management System (OIMS) to manage safety.
  • Continue to invest in training, awareness activities, incentives and other initiatives to further improve workplace safety.
  • Recognize worker safety performance achievements.
  • Workforce commited to a safety culture.
  • Progress toward our long-term objective of an injury-free workplace.
  • Safety performance that continues to lead Alberta industry.

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