Air Research Planning Committee (ARPC)

ARPC supports industry’s desire for shared research development to develop credible and relevant information to address knowledge gaps in the understanding and management of high priority environmental and social matters. Our goal is to initiate credible research projects, both fundamental and applied, on existing and emerging environmental issues to support both development of new regulatory requirements and industry best practices.

Consortium of Digital Innovation and Transformation (CDIT)

CDIT is comprised of eight major energy companies (Husky, Suncor, Syncrude, Imperial Oil, CNRL, TransCanada, Chevron, and ATCO) that have agreed to work together to identify and solve a number of common digital innovation challenges.

Ecological Research Planning Committee

The committee will support industry’s desire for shared research to develop credible and relevant information to address knowledge gaps in the understanding and management of high priority environmental and social matters related to resource access issues such as caribou, habitat relationship for listed species, wetlands, reclamation, and mitigations.

Reclamation and Remediation Research Committee

The committee will support industry’s desire for shared research development to develop credible and relevant information to address knowledge gaps in the understanding and management of high priority environmental and social matters related to the assessment and management of exploration and production sites as related to geo-environmental protection, soil and groundwater remediation and reclamation, excluding water use, conservation and resource issues.

Technology for Emissions Reduction and Eco-Efficiency (TEREE) Program

TEREE is a consortium of Industry, and provincial and federal government representatives convened to provide the mechanism for finding and implementing the new technology and methods required to achieve air emissions reductions in the Upstream Oil and Gas Industry. TEREE projects have made a significant contribution industry through the transfer of technologies used globally in the oil and gas industry, specifically in consideration of emissions reduction and energy efficiency. These project efforts are an imperative element of the R&D currently taking place within the oil and gas industry, fundamentally working to reduce environmental impact, improve performance, and establish the sustainable development of the hydrocarbon industry.

Water Innovation Planning Committee (WIPC):

  • Directs Alberta Upstream Petroleum Research Fund (AUPRF) resources to projects that address water issues related to upstream oil and natural gas development, excluding oil sands development;
  • Defines and articulates key challenges for the energy sector across the water management spectrum, including water sourcing, storage, transport, treatment, recycling/reuse, and disposal;
  • Identifies shared research needs and promotes collaboration between industry, government, regulators and academia;
  • Solicits, reviews and selects project proposals, and provides technical oversight to successful projects; and
  • Promotes knowledge transfer within and outside of the energy sector.

Priority water issues include:

  • Safeguarding groundwater and surface water quantity;
  • Avoidance of groundwater and surface water contamination;
  • Enabling the use of alternative water sources to high-quality non-saline water;
  • Assembling a body of credible water data; and
  • Improving the operational business environment by generating efficiencies and cost savings in water management.

Within the context of the above priorities, WIPC champions projects in four key opportunity areas.

  • Applied research – Focused research that promotes solutions to specific water management challenges, or supports existing regulatory change initiatives.
  • Tool development – Development of innovative approaches that create operational efficiencies, support regulatory compliance, improve environmental performance, or inform decision-making.
  • Data compilation/centralization – Improved utilization of existing water quantity and quality data to support data-driven decision-making, enable effective communication of industry performance, and inform evidence-based policy.
  • Leveraged research and innovation – Leverage available funding by fostering research partnerships that advance shared water management objectives.

Well Abandonment Research Initiative

The committee will support industry’s desire for shared research to develop credible and relevant information to address knowledge gaps related to suspended, abandoned, remediated, and reclaimed wells. A collaborative approach engages subject matter experts, from industry, government, and academia, to identify and prioritize knowledge gaps resulting in research projects addressing high priority environmental and social matters.

Disclaimer:

Although the AER participates in some PTAC committees, AER participation in any activity or committee of PTAC does not indicate the AER’s endorsement or approval (current or future) of any technology, course of action, research finding, or reports that result from PTAC projects or committees, nor does it indicate any potential outcome of a regulatory decision made by the AER.