Human ingenuity: reimagining energy for our planet

We are an alliance of oil sands companies working with scientists, academics, and innovators to make Canadian energy part of a sustainable environment.

A catalyst for better environmental outcomes

From exciting new scientific discoveries to game-changing technologies (and everything in between), our focus is on innovation. Explore research, innovation opportunities and projects within our priority areas. Or, submit an idea for consideration.

What we're up to

COSIA Exploration Tools 2020

Date: November 17 & 18, 2020 (Online)  Time: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. (MT)  Find out more about the COSIA Land Innovation…

I spent my summer vacation at COSIA

When Tyler MacCormack first arrived at the University of Alberta, he was initially torn between computer engineering and mining…

Pioneering Reclamation at Lake Miwasin

Lake Miwasin is a demonstration pit lake that is showing how pit lakes can be a safe and effective part of reclaiming a…

How I Spent My Summer Vacation…

Syed Fasih had little knowledge of mining when he arrived in Edmonton three years ago to attend the University of Alberta. An…

Collaboration drives innovation success

Why do oil sands companies become a member of COSIA? The answer is simple. COSIA members are pursuing game changing innovation to…

Creating Natural Habitat an Exacting Science

The majority (about 80 per cent) of Canada’s oil sands reserves are located deep below ground and are recovered through in situ…

Be part of the solution


Featured Innovation Opportunity


Climate change is one of the most significant issues of our time with scientific, societal, economic and political implications. Recognizing the importance of this issue, COSIA members are working hard to address the climate-related risks of their operations, while also meeting growing global energy demand and supporting economic development. 

Through the development and application of innovative technologies, COSIA is investigating new ways to reduce energy use and associated GHG emissions for oil sands ‘in situ’, meaning in place, and mining operations. Our latest area of focus calls on innovators, like you, to submit new ideas or technology on natural gas decarbonization to materially reduce oil sands GHG emissions. 



Collaborate with us

Our Environmental Technology Assessment Portal (E-TAP) provides an effective means to tap into the global environmental sector for solutions to current and future technology gaps and opportunities. If you have a technology idea you would like to submit on a non-confidential basis to COSIA for consideration then we invite you to submit your idea. 

XPRIZE: Converting carbon into everyday products

The $20-million NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE is a global competition to develop breakthrough technologies that will convert CO2 emissions into valuable products like building materials, alternative fuels and other items that we use every day.

A unique global alliance

Our membership is responsible for over 90 per cent of the oil sands produced in Canada. Our member companies have signed our Charter and support our vision

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Our newsletter is another step towards ensuring this alliance is able to deliver on the shared vision of delivering accelerated improvement in environmental performance through collaborative action and innovation. Sign up to stay up-to-date on our progress and get the information you need to work with us.