Land Performance Goal

COSIA’s Land Performance Goal is focused on increasing land-use efficiency and reducing the operating footprint intensity of in situ operations.

Goal: Reduce the operating footprint intensity of in situ operations by 10% by 2022.

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Land is required for facilities, well-pads, roads, pipelines as well as other infrastructure needed for in situ operations.

Achieving this goal requires in situ operators to improve the land-use intensity of existing operations, think differently about future development and plan for permanent reclamation.

DID YOU KNOW:
“An Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute report states that the Lower Athabasca region’s plants and animals are 94 per cent intact. This compares to 54 per cent in Southern Alberta.”
Source: Alberta Environment and Parks

A key opportunity for COSIA members is quality interim reclamation. This involves re-vegetating land that is currently being used by operations or will be disturbed again in the future, with vegetation characteristic of the boreal forest. In some cases, interim reclamation will reduce an operator’s footprint by 20 per cent.

DID YOU KNOW:
“Since 2009 the Oil Sands Vegetation Cooperative has harvested, registered and banked seed from 43 species of trees, shrubs and perennials, to support reclamation efforts for revegetating the land with species characteristic of the boreal forest.”

DID YOU KNOW:
“In Alberta alone, approximately 90,000 km2, (or about 24%) of the boreal forest is protected from development. 90,000 km2 is about the size of Portugal or North Carolina.”
Source: The Facts on Oil Sands, CAPP

COSIA expects to see a greater awareness for land management best practices across member companies as a result of this goal. Environmental gains will ultimately include more efficient use of land across in situ operations, improved biodiversity and accelerated reclamation.

The Performance Goal uses an intensity-based metric that measures the amount of surface land disturbed per area of reservoir accessed.

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Over time, irrespective of variations in overall footprint surface area, interested parties can see whether COSIA members are collectively disturbing more or less land to access the oil under the ground. Performance against the goal will be reported publicly on an annual basis with COSIA members aiming to achieve it by 2022. This time frame will allow the companies to develop the new technologies and processes required to be successful.

Land is required for facilities, well-pads, roads, pipelines as well as other infrastructure needed for in situ operations.

Achieving this goal requires in situ operators to improve the land-use intensity of existing operations, think differently about future development and plan for permanent reclamation.