Tar sands executive named as Canadian ‘climate champion’ ahead of Cop26

(Climate Home News, 10 May 2021) An executive of one of Canada’s largest oil companies has been named a “climate champion” by the UK government to mark six months to the Cop26 climate talks in November.

A statement published on the UK government’s website said 26 “Canadian climate champions” had been identified “as exceptional individuals actively working to move Canada to net zero emissions”.

The “champions” were selected by Canada Climate Law Initiative (CCLI), a research initiative based out of the University of British Columbia, with input from the British High Commission in Ottawa. The list was revealed during a livestream event co-hosted by CCLI and the British High Commission last week six months ahead of the start of the climate talks in Glasgow.

Martha Hall Findlay, chief sustainability officer at Suncor, a company which produces crude oil from tar sands, made the list of people awarded with the title.

Suncor is one of Canada’s largest integrated energy companies and is expanding its oil production. The company has pledged to reduce the emission intensity of its oil production by 30% by 2030 but made no commitment to cut its emissions in absolute terms.