Canadian Natural’s strategy for managing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions is based on the principles of improving energy conservation and efficiency; reducing emission intensity; developing and adopting innovative technology and supporting associated research and development. We use a multi-disciplinary risk management process which considers climate change risks and opportunities as part of our evaluation of business risk and opportunities.
Through the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP), we work with Canadian governments as they develop and implement new GHG emissions laws and regulations. Internally, we are pursuing an integrated emissions reduction strategy to ensure we are able to comply with existing and future emissions reduction requirements, for both GHGs and air pollutants (such as sulphur dioxide and nitrogen oxides).
As part of our Horizon expansion, we have incorporated technology advancements to reduce GHG emissions through maximizing heat integration, the use of cogeneration to meet steam and electricity demands, the sequestration of carbon dioxide (CO2) in oil sands tailings, and incorporating a CO2 capture facility.
The Septimus Natural Gas Processing Plant reduces emissions of CO2, methane and nitrogen oxides (NOx) by using hydroelectricity to drive the electric compressor motors. Since 2011, Septimus' first year of operation, we have reduced 137,189 tonnes of CO2 equivalent emissions. This project was a recipient of the 2012 CAPP President’s Award for Responsible Energy.