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Exxon Mobil Issues Measures for Greenhouse Gas Reductions

| Editor: Ahlam Rais

The firm is undertaking a number of initiatives to significantly reduce methane emissions.
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The firm is undertaking a number of initiatives to significantly reduce methane emissions. (Source: Deposit Photos)

By 2020, the company’s new measures aim to reduce methane emissions by 15 % and flaring by 25 %. The firm also intends to improve its industry-leading energy efficiency in refining and chemical manufacturing facilities.

Texas/USA – Exxon Mobil has recently announced greenhouse gas reduction measures that are expected to lead to significant improvements in emissions performance by 2020, including a 15 % decrease in methane emissions and a 25 % reduction in flaring. The company also announced its intention to improve its industry-leading energy efficiency in refining and chemical manufacturing facilities.

The company invests in lower-emission energy solutions such as cogeneration, flare reduction, energy efficiency, biofuels, carbon capture and storage and other technologies. Exxon Mobil has spent more than 9 billion dollars on lower-emission energy solutions since 2000.

The firm is undertaking a number of initiatives to significantly reduce methane emissions. XTO Energy’s leak-detection-and-repair efforts and operational improvements at U.S. production and midstream sites have reduced estimated methane emissions across Exxon Mobil operations by 2 % in the past year. Combined with additional measures outside the U.S. focused on the most significant sources of methane, the firm expects to achieve a 15 % reduction of methane emissions by 2020 compared with 2016.

The company is one of eight global energy companies that support guiding principles on methane reduction. The principles focus on continually reducing methane emissions, advancing strong performance across gas value chains, improving accuracy of methane emissions data and advocating sound policies and regulations on methane emissions. The firm is a founding member of the API’s Environmental Partnership, which is focused initially on reducing methane and volatile organic compound emissions.

Efforts associated with oil and gas production and processing are expected to lower natural gas flaring across ExxonMobil operations by about 25 % by 2020 compared with 2016. The most significant reductions are expected to occur in operations in West Africa and include use of third-party infrastructure.

The organisation is a charter member of the Global Gas Flaring Reduction Public-Private Partnership, which is committed to developing commercial opportunities to reduce flaring. The partnership is comprised of oil-producing countries, international and state-owned oil companies and the World Bank.

Further greenhouse-gas emissions reduction efforts will target the firm’s global refining and chemicals manufacturing network with the goal of improving existing industry-leading energy efficiency performance.

The company is the most energy efficient refining company in the U.S. and internationally. The firm has achieved a 10 % improvement in energy efficiency across its global refining operations following an effort launched in 2000.

The organisation’s refining operations ranked in the first quartile for energy efficiency in every Solomon Refining Industry Survey over the past decade. Advanced efficiency technologies and techniques have helped the firm’s chemical business reduce its net greenhouse gas emissions intensity by nearly 7 % since 2013.

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