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

Steam additives offer path to fewer emissions

The oil sands industry is exploring a number of clean technology paths that will help it reach net-zero emissions by 2050. Steam…

What does it take for new forests to grow?

Ecologist Simon Landhäusser has spent his career exploring difficult questions on how forests recover naturally from disturbance…

How CCUS tackles climate change

How can Carbon Capture Utilization and Storage (CCUS) help tackle climate change? Climate experts agree that in order to limit…

Key oil sands groups join forces under Pathways Alliance banner

New president appointed to advance responsible development  Canada’s major oil sands producers announced on June 15, 2022…

Passionate about Alberta’s wetlands 

If you hear “wetlands,” and all you can think of is quacking ducks, clouds of mosquitos and soggy feet, you’re not alone. But…

Innovation from repurposed technology

Oil sands producers are always watching for innovation from other industries that can be adapted for use in the oil sands. In…
pathways announcement


COSIA has joined with the Pathways to Net Zero Alliance and the Oil Sands Community Alliance into a single organization called Pathways Alliance. This will further amplify our collaborative efforts to advance responsible oil sands development. COSIA will drive innovation and technological development within the Pathways Alliance to lower emissions and drive other environmental improvements.

Read more on our blog.

COSIA Podcast: Innovative Minds

COSIA podcast featuring cleantech in the oil sands

Meet the next generation of oil sands innovators

Available on Spotify, Apple and Google 

COSIA’s podcasts celebrate the perspectives, passion and personalities of the next generation of scientists who are bringing clean tech innovation to the oil sands. They feature, for example, Marcius Extavour who headed up the NRG COSIA XPRIZE competition; two enthusiastic reclamation experts who are working hard to restore disturbed land to natural habitat; and a young conservationist who trekked 3,000 kilometres through the oil sands over many summers to study more than 4,000 butterflies.



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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