environmental risk management
Protecting the environment takes commitment, effective processes, leading technologies and dedicated people. Our Operational Excellence Management System (OEMS) recognizes the potential impact of many factors on the environment. This recognition is operationalized through our Environment Focus Area Strategy and Environment Risk Management Process (ERMP).
environment focus area
Chevron’s Environment strategy underscores our commitment to protect the environment. By embedding this into enterprise business planning, we aim to enhance environmental performance across the globe.
The strategy promotes systematic consideration of business risks and environmental performance alongside external stakeholder expectations. It shapes enterprise wide processes and procedures to influence environmental metrics, workforce training, technology investments and external partnerships in areas such as:
preventing and mitigating the consequences of accidental releases
reducing air emissions, including GHGs
conserving and protecting water and biodiversity
managing waste and wastewater
retiring idle assets and reclaiming sites with residual environmental impacts
environment risk management process
In 2021 we also deployed ERMP, a framework to identify, assess, mitigate and manage environmental risks, including those involving community health and social risks, across the lifecycle of an asset. The process is designed to be fit-for-purpose so that it can be applied to activities with a broad range of complexity, including large projects and ongoing operations. This process seeks to go above and beyond local regulatory requirements, to strengthen our safeguards and apply lessons learned across Chevron.
Future environmental solutions rely on a strong foundation of standardized workflows, data automation, analytics and process integration. First deployed in 2020 at the Richmond Refinery, our Integrated Waste Solution (IWS) creates a digital interface between the personnel managing operations that generate waste and the environmental personnel responsible for waste handling and management. The solution automates and standardizes waste requests, approvals, tracking and payment, which saves time and puts in place safeguards. Through the development of IWS and related technologies, we seek to streamline our reporting, reduce waste management storage time and align with our Third-Party Waste Stewardship standard designed to mitigate waste disposal risks.
Another innovation is Hottpad, a cost-efficient remediation technology that has a lower carbon intensity than traditional thermal methods. First used at the Chevron Batangas terminal in the Philippines, Hottpad has been piloted within the San Joaquin Valley business unit in California, with a full-scale deployment underway for Wafra Joint Operations in the Partitioned Zone between Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.
growing workforce capability
addressing plastic waste
Chevron Phillips Chemical Company
Ipieca Circular Economy Taskforce