Chevron recognizes the value of water as a fundamental social, environmental and economic resource. As a global company, we know that access to adequate supplies of water, both 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.
freshwater position statement
We communicate our commitment to responsible management of freshwater resources in our Freshwater Position Statement, which states that we strive to do the following:
- 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 fresh water in freshwater-constrained areas by reusing and recycling water and reducing the amount used.
- Account for the use of fresh water 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.
measuring our performance
We have continued to look for accurate ways of measuring our performance against these commitments. Over the past five years, we have incorporated water-related metrics, including collecting data on the amounts of fresh and nonfresh water withdrawn from the environment, the amount of fresh water returned to freshwater sources, and the amount of water recycled for onsite use. In 2015 we began reporting freshwater consumed in alignment with the IPIECA Reporting Standard. You can track our performance against a number of these metrics here.
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 steam flooding 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 is captured, treated and distributed to local farmers.
producing energy and oranges
In Kern County, Chevron's largest California oil field is doing more than just adding to the area's economic stability. Most oil fields produce water as a byproduct, and Chevron, in parternership with Cawelo Water District, is treating and converting its produced water to fresh for agricultural use.
Our refinery in Richmond, California, is the largest user of reclaimed water in the San Francisco Bay Area, where approximately 60 percent of water withdrawn is water that has already been used. One of the projects that contributed to this achievement was the Richmond Advanced Recycled Expansion (RARE), a joint effort with the East Bay Municipal Water District (EBMUD). The RARE Water Project facility doubled the allowable capacity for use of certain reclaimed water at the refinery from 3 million gallons to more than 6 million gallons per day. Use of reclaimed water from the RARE Water Project facility frees up enough fresh water to supply up to 16,000 homes (46,000 people) on a daily basis.