Green Initiatives Exxon Mobil Sets New Emission Reduction Plans

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By 2025, Exxon Mobil intends to reduce the intensity of upstream greenhouse gas emissions by 15 – 20 %, methane intensity by 40 –50 % and flaring intensity across its global operations by 35 –45 %. The company’s new emission reduction plans are in line with the goals of the Paris Agreement.

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Exxon Mobil expects to meet its 2020 goals of reducing methane emissions by 15 % and flaring by 25 % compared with 2016 levels.
Exxon Mobil expects to meet its 2020 goals of reducing methane emissions by 15 % and flaring by 25 % compared with 2016 levels.
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Texas/USA – Exxon Mobil plans further reductions in greenhouse gas emissions over the next five years to support the goals of the Paris Agreement and anticipates meeting year-end 2020 reductions.

Exxon Mobil plans to reduce the intensity of operated upstream greenhouse gas emissions by 15 to 20 per cent by 2025, compared to 2016 levels. This will be supported by a 40 to 50 per cent decrease in methane intensity, and a 35 to 45 per cent decrease in flaring intensity across its global operations. The emission reduction plans, which cover Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions from operated assets, are projected to be consistent with the goals of the Paris Agreement. The company also plans to align with the World Bank’s initiative to eliminate routine flaring by 2030.

“These meaningful near-term emission reductions results from our ongoing business planning process as we work towards industry-leading greenhouse gas performance across all our business lines,” said Darren Woods, chairman and chief executive officer of Exxon Mobil Corporation. “We respect and support the society’s ambition to achieve net zero emissions by 2050, and continue to advocate for policies that promote cost-effective, market-based solutions to address the risks of climate change.”

Exxon Mobil’s plans will leverage the continued application of operational efficiencies, and ongoing development and deployment of lower-emission technologies.

The plan is the result of several months of detailed analysis and includes input from shareholders.

Other measures include:

• Continued investments in lower-emission technologies, such as carbon capture, manufacturing efficiencies, and advanced biofuels

• Increased cogeneration capacity at manufacturing facilities

• Continued support for sound policies that put a price on carbon

• Continued accounting for environmental performance as part of executive compensation

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Exxon Mobil will also provide Scope 3 emissions on an annual basis, but notes that reporting of these indirect emissions does not ultimately incentivise reductions by the actual emitters. Meaningful decreases in global greenhouse gas emissions will require changes in society’s energy choices coupled with the development and deployment of affordable lower-emission technologies.

Since 2000, the company has invested more than 10 billion dollars researching, developing and deploying lower-emission technologies, including nearly 3 billion dollars at cogeneration facilities that more efficiently produce electricity and reduce related emissions.

In 2018, Exxon Mobil announced plans to achieve by year-end 2020, a 15 per cent decrease in methane emissions and a 25 per cent reduction in flaring, compared with 2016 levels. The company anticipates meeting both by year end. Detailed emissions performance is reported in annual publications, including the Energy and Carbon Summary.

The company has supported the Paris Agreement from its inception and continues to support U.S. Government participation in the framework. Exxon Mobil assesses its business strategy and plans against a range of scenarios, including those that meet the objectives of the Paris Agreement, which assume progress in technologies, infrastructure and government policies related to climate change.

The company supported the Oil and Gas Climate Initiative’s announcement to reduce methane and carbon intensity for upstream operations. It also deployed new technologies throughout its operations to reduce flaring and methane emissions, while working to test new technologies to detect and measure fugitive emissions. Exxon Mobil publicly supports the regulation of methane from new and existing sources and issued a methane regulatory framework for governments to consider as they draft new policies.

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