Water is an essential part of Suncor's operations. We use water in the bitumen extraction process, as cooling and utility water during upgrading, and to generate steam at our in situ operations.
Our refineries also require water for heating and cooling. We know it is a precious resource that must be managed wisely. Our commitment to sustainable development means balancing our company's water requirements with the need to maintain a clean, safe and plentiful supply of this important natural resource.
We have made significant strides in reducing our water consumption, but we are committed to further reducing our water use through internal consumption efficiency measures, recycling and new technologies.
Learn more about Water in the Suncor 2012 Report on Sustainability