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.

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What we're up to


I had the opportunity to attend GLOBE 2020 in Vancouver last week, the annual get-together of ‘change-makers and thought-leaders…

GHG 101: Understanding Greenhouse Gases

Q: What are GHGs? GHG stands for greenhouse gases. These are a group of gases in our atmosphere that trap heat from the sun,…

Innovation in the Oil Sands: Path to a Sustainable Future

At COSIA, we’re a catalyst for creating better environmental outcomes in the oil sands. Since 2012, our members have invested $1.…

Discover COSIA

Ever wonder what COSIA is really all about? We hope you’ll be surprised. We could be corporately boring and tell you we’re…

Bringing Smart Minds to Tough Environmental Challenges

There’s an old cliché that says something like: ‘If you want to go fast, then go alone. But if you want to go far, then go…

NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE Enters Final Lap

With under a year to go, the 10 finalists of the $20 million NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE are entering the final lap of the…

Be part of the solution


Featured Innovation Opportunity


Working with and using clay dates back to the beginning of human existence on Earth. Given our history using clay for everything from building materials to pottery, you might assume we know all there is to know about it. Not true. As an innovator, this is where we need your help. 

Clay is a primary mineral found in oil sands. Once the oil has been separated, by-products like sand, water and clay are stored in tailings ponds. As an industry, our challenge is to bring new thinking and innovation to how we accelerate land and water reclamation of tailings ponds. And that means thinking about clay differently. 



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

Our Associate Member Program allows those who share the COSIA Vision, but are not oil sands producers, to work with our members. 

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Our newsletter is another step towards ensuring this alliance is able to deliver on the shared vision of delivering accelerated improvement in environmental performance through collaborative action and innovation. Sign up to stay up-to-date on our progress and get the information you need to work with us.