Sources: CER Estimated Production of Canadian Crude Oil and Equivalent, and Canada’s Official Greenhouse Gas Inventory
Description: This chart shows the relative growth of in-situ oil sands production and their associated emissions and steam production. Between 2010 and 2019, in-situ production more than doubled, then dipped slightly in 2019 and 2020. In 2020, production was 97% higher than in 2010. Emissions rose at a similar rate between 2010 and 2020, although due to improvements in efficiency and SOR, the rise was slower. By 2020, emissions were 82% higher than they were in 2010. Steam production also increased alongside in-situ bitumen production and emissions. Between 2010 and 2020 steam production rose by 124%. While other indicators rose, emissions intensity, the number of emissions produced per one barrel of bitumen produced, fell by 8% between 2010 and 2020. Note: this chart only extends until 2020, the last year Environment and Climate Change Canada emissions data are available. Click here to see an animated version of this graph.
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