Protecting people and the environment is one of our company's core values, as detailed in The Chevron Way.
In support of our values, we developed four environmental principles that define our commitment to doing business in environmentally responsible ways:
- Include the environment in decision-making. We all make decisions that may affect the environment. From our everyday actions to major capital investments, we make better decisions when we consider the environment.
- Reduce our environmental footprint. We use our business processes to identify and manage risks to the environment and reduce potential environmental impacts throughout the life of our assets.
- Operate responsibly. We apply our Tenets of Operation and improve reliability and process safety in order to prevent accidental releases.
- Steward our sites. We work to decommission, remediate and reclaim operating and legacy sites with the aim of beneficial reuse.
Our Operational Excellence Management System (OEMS) is our standardized approach for achieving outstanding environmental performance. We apply the OEMS across our business to help us systematically manage issues regarding process safety, personal safety and health, the environment, reliability, and efficiency.
We have a companywide, disciplined approach to identifying and managing potential impacts that our operations may have, such as those related to waste disposal, air emissions and water use. Our Environmental Stewardship Corporate Standard Process requires our businesses to identify, assess and prioritize opportunities to continue to reduce impacts from our operations and improve our environmental performance.
We apply our Environmental, Social and Health Impact Assessment (ESHIA) process to capital projects within the company’s operational control. The ESHIA process provides a systematic and risk-based approach to identifying, assessing and managing potentially significant impacts. The assessments can include potential impacts of our activities on natural resources, air quality, land and water, and community health and livelihoods, among other things. Obtaining input from communities and partners is central to the ESHIA process. It begins when a project starts and continues through its entire life cycle to decommissioning and asset retirement. Information developed in the ESHIA process is used to inform facility siting and infrastructure and technology selection. It has also helped our project development teams create protections for and strengthen existing protections of local ecosystems and endangered species. It also helps to focus our community investments. Since 2007, we have used our ESHIA process in the planning and implementation of over 900 capital projects worldwide.
Our measures to protect the environment are based on our awareness of the value of the complexity of the natural world. We recognize the importance of conserving biological diversity—the rich variety of life on Earth, including ecosystems and species and the ecological processes that support them. Our OEMS includes processes and tools for managing potential environmental impacts of all kinds, including on biodiversity. Chevron’s Biodiversity Statement expresses our commitment to incorporating biodiversity considerations into capital project evaluations and operational decision-making as part of our corporate Environmental Stewardship and ESHIA processes.
Through the ESHIA process, we conduct a baseline assessment of existing environmental conditions, such as the presence of sensitive habitats or fishing grounds, to inform our understanding of potential impacts. The assessment results are incorporated into project planning to help us avoid potentially significant impacts and protect sensitive environments.
In addition, our business units and operating companies incorporate biodiversity protection into their operations through implementation of our corporate Environmental Stewardship process. Our operations personnel inventory their interactions with the environment, including those that may affect biodiversity, and develop plans for managing them. Our Health, Environment and Safety staffs work to protect habitats near our operations and share their best practices through the Chevron Biodiversity Network.
Protecting and Conserving Water Resources
Chevron recognizes that water, and particularly fresh water, is a critical resource for business, our communities and the environment. Our Global Freshwater Position Statement underscores the significance of this critical resource. Published in 2010, the statement articulates our commitment to improving our management of fresh water across our business and highlights areas of specific focus, including our stakeholder engagement practices. Also in 2010, we launched a corporate initiative to improve our freshwater risk management and reporting practices. The initiative focuses on improving our corporate, regional and local water risk identification and management through the use of water-mapping tools. Alongside that initiative, we established a corporate water metric to track data on withdrawn fresh water and recycled water.
In 2013, Chevron expanded its freshwater initiative to incorporate nonfresh water sources and beneficial reuse of wastewater streams. This initiative continues to focus on water risk assessment and management through the life cycle of our assets.
Remediation and Restoration
Established in 1998, the Environmental Management Company (EMC) is Chevron’s leader in global environmental management, remediation, reclamation and asset retirement. EMC puts Chevron’s environmental principles into practice across the enterprise, supporting operations in more than 35 countries around the world.
Guided by The Chevron Way, EMC provides a wide range of environmental services, including remediation of legacy and operating sites, development of asset plans for footprint management, and the reduction of impacts of operations, all the while protecting the environment and public health in communities where we operate.
By assessing environmental impacts and evaluating end-state alternatives, EMC provides opportunities to convert land and assets for company, public, third-party and wildlife reuse.
EMC recently demonstrated its commitment to the communities where it operates while managing environmental responsibilities on a former oil field site in Casmalia, California, where property is owned by a local family ranch. During the site’s remediation phase, EMC constructed a steel bridge to provide safe crossing over an onsite stream. The bridge will continue to serve the working ranch long after EMC’s work is completed, illustrating the strong relationship Chevron has maintained with the family during this site restoration process.
In conjunction with its remedial activities, EMC often repurposes a site in an effort to convert former industrial land for beneficial reuse. For example, EMC recently completed soil remediation work at the former Pacific Coast Pipeline site, also known as Fillmore Works, in Ventura County, California. A Texaco oil refinery and pumping station for most of the past century, the facility had been part of the local landscape for generations. Since 2002, Chevron has been working with community and regulatory stakeholders to decommission, remediate and prepare the site for future industrial, commercial or wildlife purposes.
Updated: May 2015