A Greener Path Forward: Innovations in Refining

In our latest issue of Perspectives, we focussed on the role of the consumer in reducing emissions. Each and every one of us can have an impact by making educated choices when it comes to mode of transportation, transportation fuel, automobile type and driving behaviour. In The Power of Community, Cal Fichter, Vice-President Energy at Federated Co-operatives Limited, encouraged Canadians to “choose vehicles that truly meet our needs. To leave those vehicles at home if the bus or bicycle makes more sense. To drive smarter and take better care of our vehicles.”

While it’s true that every individual can and should do their part, the refining industry also has a role to play in lowering emissions. Our members understand this responsibility. As an energy-intensive and trade-exposed sector, refiners aim to reduce facility emissions and produce cleaner fuels while remaining competitive in the global fuels market.

But what are some of the specific ways our industry contributes to reducing emissions and producing cleaner fuels?

We’re glad you asked! Over the next few blog posts we’ll focus on innovations in the refining business; you will learn about co-processing, carbon capture, wastewater management and heat recovery.

As part of the industry’s continuing commitment to innovation, Canadian Fuels is also a proud member of the Clean Resource Innovation Network (CRIN). CRIN is an industry-led network that levers the oil and gas industry’s strengths in large-scale industrial collaboration by aligning research and technology priorities, addressing gaps and incenting innovation. CRIN works to create efficiencies that accelerate and deliver transformative solutions to improve industry environmental performance and competitiveness.  The end goal is a future in which Canada is a global leader in producing clean hydrocarbon energy from source to end-use. 

Currently, petroleum fuels power 95% of Canadian transportation – they literally keep our country and its economy moving. So while they are here to stay, our industry remains committed to reducing its environmental impact from both facilities and fuels, by championing innovations in our segment of the value chain, and reinforcing our place in Canada’s clean tech future.
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