Responsible Management of a Critical Resource
Chevron recognizes the value of fresh water as a fundamental social, environmental and economic resource. As a global company, we know that access to sufficient sources of water, including fresh water and water of lower quality, is essential for the communities where we operate as well as for our ability to produce energy around the world. As users of this critical natural resource, we must manage it responsibly. This includes improving our water-use efficiency and continuing our focus on managing water-related social and environmental impacts.
In 2010, we developed a corporatewide freshwater management initiative focused on water risk assessment and management over the life cycle of our assets. A key part of that initiative includes adopting and publishing our Freshwater Position Statement, which communicates our commitment to responsible management of freshwater resources. The initiative focuses on improving our local-water risk identification and management efforts through water-mapping tools and metrics. We recently expanded our freshwater initiative to incorporate nonfresh sources and beneficial reuse of wastewater streams. In addition, we have continued to look for accurate ways of measuring our performance. Over the past five years, we have incorporated water-related metrics, including collecting data on the amounts of fresh and nonfresh water drawn from the environment and recycling water for onsite use. In 2014, we added total water consumed to our corporate metrics, in alignment with the IPIECA Reporting Standard. You can track our performance against a number of these metrics here.
Freshwater Position Statement
Protecting people and the environment is a core value at Chevron. We are committed to managing our use of freshwater through resource conservation, focusing on the social and environmental impacts of our operations as well as engaging with communities and other stakeholders.
With respect to fresh water, Chevron strives to:
- Continually improve environmental performance and reduce impacts from our operations.
- Integrate freshwater conservation and efficiency drivers into our business decision-making processes and operational management.
- Conserve our use of freshwater in freshwater-constrained areas by reusing and recycling water and reducing the amount used.
- Account for the use of freshwater in our operations with appropriate metrics.
- Engage with governments, partners, local communities and other stakeholders on significant freshwater resource issues in areas where we operate.
- Build partnerships and participate in industry initiatives to share and promote best practices, assist with the development of industry standards, and shape and influence relevant freshwater resource policy.
Kern County, California
In Kern County, home to Chevron's largest California oil field, we have partnered with the Cawelo Water District to provide much-needed water for agricultural use. Water is a significant byproduct of the steamflooding technology we use to extract oil from the ground. For every one barrel of oil produced in Kern County, the process generates 10 barrels of water, which we capture, treat and distribute to local farmers.
In April 2011, our refinery in Richmond, California, was named Recycled Water Customer of the Year by the WateReuse Association, a nonprofit organization focused on sustainable-water issues. The award honored the refinery's work on the Richmond Advanced Recycled Expansion (RARE) Water Project, a joint effort with the East Bay Municipal Utility District. The RARE Water Project facility recycles municipal wastewater into steam used in refinery operations, thereby freeing up 3.5 million gallons of fresh water per day for public use.
Updated: May 2015