Black gold to green future? Pathways Alliance's quest for decarbonisation

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Canada's oil sands, a significant player in the global energy matrix, face the dual challenge of environmental concerns and the global push towards sustainable energy. This Wood Mackenzie report offers a project-level quantitative analysis of the strategies, collaborations, and technological shifts proposed by the Pathways Alliance that aim to position the oil sands industry at the forefront of the net-zero emissions movement by 2050. We identify the nine projects that we anticipate will be part of the Phase 1 carbon capture and sequestration project, project the trajectory of emissions reductions and look to the company specific actions being taken.

Table of contents

    • A landscape calling out for meaningful emissions reductions
    • Emissions outlook without Pathways
    • A path forward for Canadian oil sands
    • The CCS Vanguard: Phase 1 (2021-2030)
    • The case for CCS
    • Peeking ahead to phases 2 & 3
    • Quantifying reductions with Pathways factored in
    • Who makes the cut for Phase 1 CCS?
    • Not all capture is the same
    • Phase 2 CCUS
    • Regulatory issues and what to look for next
    • Contract for differences
    • CCUS investment tax credits
    • Provincial and Federal jurisdiction
    • Appendix

Tables and charts

This report includes 8 images and tables including:

  • Oil sands emissions outlook
  • Emissions reduction outlook by category
  • Oil sands emissions intensity reduction outlook
  • 2031 Project Emissions vs Intensity
  • CCS project roster and map
  • 2023-2040 change in project emissions
  • Map of operating and planned CCS projects in Canada

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