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Imperial is committed to operating in an environmentally responsible manner everywhere we do business. We seek to balance a scientific understanding of the environmental impact of our operations with the social and economic needs of the communities where we operate. We are guided by a detailed Operations Integrity Management System (OIMS) and pursue continuous improvement by investing in research and technology.


Operations integrity management system

Clearly identifying risk is fundamental to excellence in safety, security, health and environmental performance. We build it into all levels and areas of our business through our Operations Integrity Management System (OIMS).

Climate change

Imperial has the same concerns as people everywhere – how to provide the world with the energy it needs while reducing greenhouse gas emissions. We are committed to positive action on climate change and dedicated to reducing the risk in the most efficient way for society.

Air emissions

We’re working hard to reduce our impact on air quality, including reducing flaring and recovering over 99 percent of solution gas produced by our operations.

Land use and biodiversity 

In addition to the use of tools that improve our understanding of local biodiversity conditions and ecosystem services through the life stages of our operations, we support a number of research and collaborative efforts to conserve and monitor biological resources.

Progressive reclamation

We are actively salvaging, segregating and storing soil, and collecting and banking native seeds at our oil sands operations so that these valuable reclamation materials are readily available in the future.

Tailings management

Fluid tailings are common to all surface mining operations and are comprised of the water, clay, sand, and residual bitumen that is left over when the bitumen is separated from the sand.

Spill prevention

Spill prevention 

We are focused on preventing spills and, if a spill does occur, ensuring a rapid, comprehensive response. In pursuit of our goal of zero spills, we continually develop and improve risk management, operations integrity, spill prevention processes and containment capabilities.