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Providing tools to increase productivity in an environmentally sustainable way

Growing environmental and cost pressures associated with resource development and industry processes compel energy companies to adopt sustainable technologies with socially acceptable operations. The sector can be advanced by integrating new genomics-based technologies into existing processes, such as the water-intensive extraction of bitumen from oil sands. This is straining water and energy resources and generating considerable waste for storage in tailings ponds. Genomic knowledge of microbial processes involved in both hydrocarbon extraction and waste remediation is helping to improve the management of water use, recycling and treatment in the energy industry.