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emissions solutions US upstream operations reduce carbon intensity

2 min read | may 19, 2022

Chevron’s upstream operations have been working to lower carbon intensity to support our net zero aspiration, aligning with rising social, political and stakeholder expectations.

what our people are saying

“Greenhouse gas intensity among U.S. upstream operations has reduced 48% since 2016,” said Chevron’s North America exploration and production president Steve Green. He explained that we’ve accomplished this reduction through:

  • Investment and project implementation to reduce methane emissions and flaring and improve energy management.
  • A forward-thinking mindset on how we design, plan and operate our facilities, test and deploy technology and partner across sectors to drive progress.

methane management

Innovative facility design and operational practices are some of the most effective ways to reduce methane emissions. In 2020, Chevron’s U.S. onshore production methane intensity was 85% lower than the U.S. industry average.

  • We have built centralized facilities in the Permian and removed certain components where emissions can occur in the DJ Basin to reduce surface footprint and improve air quality.
  • We’re expanding our methane detection capabilities beyond ground sensors by deploying airborne sensors in aircrafts and drones to achieve broader coverage.
  • We believe further reductions are possible in the industry through partnerships, best-practice sharing and well-designed regulation.

flaring reduction

We are lowering the carbon intensity of our worldwide operations by reducing flaring; we try to avoid it unless necessary for safety and operational purposes.

  • Our U.S. upstream onshore facilities operate with the aim of preventing the need for routine flaring.
  • We consider gas-takeaway availability in our planning process and only put wells on production in the Permian when there is a solution for the associated gas.

We remain a leader in minimizing flaring in the Permian Basin.

  • According to Rystad Energy, the largest 40 operators in the basin flared an average of 1.8% of natural gas produced in 2021. Chevron flared 0.4%, the fourth lowest of any producer.

energy evolution

We are changing the way we consume energy across Chevron’s U.S. upstream operations by:

  • Using electric or lower carbon fuel sources to power drilling and completions activities, optimizing transportation and logistics and designing office buildings to be more energy efficient.
  • Tapping into renewable electricity from wind and solar offers the most reliable, scalable, cost-efficient way of powering operations. It directly supports our core business, and in the U.S. we have invested in projects where this is commercially and geographically feasible.

staying adaptable

We’ve converted most of our Permian operations to direct electric, natural gas or dual-fuel power.

  • Each of these technologies can reduce the direct and indirect emissions associated with our operations and lower the overall life cycle carbon intensity of our products.

All of these efforts show how we are powering the world in an efficient, economical and responsible way.

“We continue to invest and implement projects to reduce methane emissions and flaring, as well as improve energy management.”

steve green

president, north america exploration and production

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